Excellence in Physics Education Award
To recognize and honor a team or group of individuals (such as a collaboration) or, exceptionally, a single individual, who have exhibited a sustained commitment to excellence in physics education. The award, presented annually, consists of a $5,000 monetary award, a certificate citing the achievements of the group or individual, and an allowance for travel expenses to the APS April Meeting where the award is presented.
Establishment & Support
This award was established in 2006 and endowed with support from the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, Vernier Software, WebAssign, Physics Academic Software, PASCO Scientific and numerous individual contributions.
Rules & Eligibility
A commitment to excellence in physics education may be evidenced by, but is not restricted to, such accomplishments as:
- A specific program or project that has had a major ongoing influence on physics education at the national level.
- Outstanding teacher enhancement or teacher preparation programs over a number of years.
- Long-lasting professional service related to physics education that has had a demonstrated positive impact.
- Outreach programs.
Nominations are open to groups from all nations, regardless of the geographic site at which the work was done. Nominations are active for three years.
Nomination & Selection Process
Deadline: Friday, July 1, 2016
The nomination must include:
- A letter of not more than 5,000 characters evaluating the qualifications of the nominee(s).
In addition, the nomination should include:
- A biographical sketch.
- A list of the most important publications.
- At least two, but not more than four, seconding letters.
- Up to five reprints or preprints.
There may be additional requirements for particular prizes and awards. Please read the rules carefully.
To complete a nomination click here for the electronic submission form. All files should be in PDF format. Letters can be signed electronically (for example, using an embedded facsimile) or physically. In the latter case, they should be digitally scanned. Filenames should include the name of the nominee.
For updating an existing nomination, please click the above link and log into the form using the email address and password you used to create your nomination account.
2017 Selection Committee Members: Wendy Adams (Chair), Dan Crowe, Ken Heller (Vice Chair), Dawn Meredith, Robert Beichner (2016 Recipient)
Serving a diverse and inclusive community of physicists worldwide is a primary goal for APS. Nominations of qualified women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and scientists from outside the United States are especially encouraged.
2016 RecipientRobert John Beichner
North Carolina State University
Past Recipients2015: Edward F. Redish
2014: High School Modeling Instruction
2013: Gary Gladding
2012: NOT AWARDED
2011: Physics Teaching Resource Agents
2010: Activity Based Physics Group
2009: Two Year College Workshop Team
2008: University of Washington Physics Education Group
2007: Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC) and Implementers