LeRoy Apker Award
An Undergraduate Physics Achievement AwardTo recognize outstanding achievements in physics by undergraduate students, and thereby provide encouragement to young physicists who have demonstrated great potential for future scientific accomplishment. Two awards may be presented each year, one to a student from a Ph. D. granting institution and one to a student from a non-Ph. D. granting institution. The award to the recipient(s) consists of $5,000, an allowance for travel to the meeting of the Society at which the award is being presented, and a certificate citing the work and school of the recipient. Each of the finalists in this annual competition will receive an honorarium of $2,000 and a certificate as an Apker award Finalist. Certificates and awards will also be presented to the Physics Departments whose nominees become finalists and recipients. The awards to the nominating Physics Departments will be $5,000 for the recipients and $1,000 for the finalists. The purpose of the awards to the Physics Department is to support undergraduate research. The award is to be presented annually.
Establishment & Support
The award was established as a memorial to LeRoy Apker through an endowment donated by Jean Dickey Apker.
Rules & Eligibility
Nominations are open to students at colleges and universities in the United States who were enrolled as undergraduates during at least part of the 12-month period preceding the submittal deadline. Only one graduate may be nominated per department. The candidate should have completed or be completing the requirements for an undergraduate degree with an excellent academic record and should have demonstrated exceptional potential for scientific research by an original contribution to physics.
Nomination & Selection Process
Serving a diverse and inclusive community of physicists is a primary goal for APS. Nominations of qualified women and members of underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged.
This year’s deadline has passed. Please check back soon for next year’s nomination information and deadline.
Selection Committee: Michael S. Turner (Chair), Malcom R. Beasley, Allen Goldman, Elizabeth McCormack, Amy R. Graves, James Eckert, John P. Cumalat, James S. Langer
2015 LeRoy Apker Award Recipient(s):
Adam Sean Jermyn
California Institute of Technology
Benjamin Lee Augenbraun