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  • First Call for Nominations for 2021 and 2022

Submissions Deadline is Monday, January 17, 2022 at 5:00 PM EST.


ECAD 2022 will be held in-person, and we are now accepting nominations for 2022 awardees! Additionally, since we were unable to hold ECAD 2021, due to the pandemic, we are accepting nominations for 2021 as well.

Nominations are now open for the following award categories: The Explorers Club Medal, The Edward C. Sweeney Medal, and the Citation of Merit. ECAD 2022 will be a celebration of the awardees from 2021 and 2022 and we are also planning to honor the 2020 awardees which were chosen but not honored (again, due to the pandemic).

The Flag and Honors Committee invites you to participate by nominating those who are making exceptional contributions in the fields of exploration and scientific research, and who are dedicated to the principles of The Explorers Club as set forth in Articles II and III of the Bylaws.

At this time, we are seeking nominations for both 2021 and 2022 in the following categories:



The Explorers Club Medal is awarded annually to a member or non-member for extraordinary contributions in the fields of exploration, scientific research, or to the welfare of humanity. Previous recipients have included Lowell Thomas, PEX ‘28; Kathryn D. Sullivan, HON ‘81; Don Walsh, MED ‘61; James Cameron, MED ‘03; Walter H. Munk, MED ’71; Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ph.D.; Frederick Roots, O.C., Ph.D.; André Borschberg, MED ’13; Bertrand Piccard, M.D., MED ’00; Nainoa Thompson, MED ’15; Capt. Jim Lovell, MED ’66; Kenneth J. Lacovara Ph.D., MED ’03; and Victor L. Vescovo, CDR USN (Ret.), MN ’18.



The Edward C. Sweeney Medal is awarded annually to a Club member in recognition of distinguished service, scientific work and exploration. The nominee must have exhibited by word and action a profound interest in the welfare and principles of The Explorers Club. The candidate must have been a Club member in good standing for a minimum of five years. Previous recipients have included Max Gallimore, MED ’82; Harry D. Brooks, MED ‘93; Julianne Chase, Ph.D., MED ’97; Bruce Blanchard, MED ’78; Constance Difede, MED ’01; Lee Langan, MED ’99; David A. Dolan, FN ’03; Milbry C. Polk, FR ’95, and George W. Gowen Esq., MR ’96.



The Citation of Merit is awarded annually “in recognition of an outstanding feat of exploration or services rendered to the Club.” Previous recipients include The 1963 American Mount Everest Team; Gilbert M. Grosvenor; The Apollo F-1 Engine Search and Recovery Team; Mandip Singh Soin, FI ’92; C. William Steele, FE ’79; George Basch, MN ’10; Edith A. Widder Ph.D., FN ’99; Michael E. Barth, MI ‘12 & Roy Chapman Andrews Centennial Expedition Team; and Rob McCallum, MN ’09 & The Five Deeps Expedition Team.



The Explorers Club Awards are intended to celebrate excellence and, except for the Sweeney Medal, are not solely limited to Explorers Club members.

To submit a nomination, visit:

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The deadline for nominations is January 17, 2022 at 5:00 PM EST