The Toulmin Medal was created by Col. H.A. Toulmin, U.S. Army Air Corps, and first awarded in 1932. Two medals may be awarded annually—one to a Regular Member of SAME (including Life, Enlisted, Fully-Retired or Sustaining Member Representative) and one to a Young Member of SAME—based on quality of the article.
In order for an article to be eligible for consideration for the Toulmin Medal:
All authors of an individual article in The Military Engineer must be a member of SAME prior to publication of the article. In the case of multiple authors of an article, the lead author of the winning article will be awarded the Toulmin Medal.
The published article must:
- Contribute to the knowledge of military engineering or national security; and
- Publicize and preserve the accomplishments of engineers in their missions throughout the world.
No nominations are accepted for this medal. A committee selects based on the articles published in The Military Engineer in the prior year.
Articles that are eligible for the Toulmin Medal and meet the nomination criteria will be evaluated by a panel of judges based on the overall quality of the article including writing style, and the use of strong examples and real-life scenarios, up-to-date facts, sound approaches to solving problems and, where applicable, concise information that addresses the impact of the method, technology or system to users in the years ahead.