SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Advisory Council on Science and Technology is accepting nominations for the 2011 annual Governor's Medal for Science and Technology Awards. The award recognizes individuals who have provided distinguished service to the state in science and technology.

The council is responsible for administering the award and for recommending nominees to the governor. This year, nominations will follow a two-step submission process with a one-page form needed to initiate a nomination.

This form can be accessed via at business.utah.gov/governors-medals.

Any Utah citizen or organization may submit nominations and nominees selected from the first round of applications may be asked to submit a more complete application package that would include letters of recommendation.

Nominations can be made in one of five categories, including academic, science education, industry-individual (independent inventors and entrepreneurs), industry-company (for- and non-profit company) and government.

Nominees must meet a Utah residency requirement detailed at http://business.utah.gov/Procedure-Criteria.

All nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m., on Friday Sept. 2.