Excellence in Physics Education Award
Recognizes and honors 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 Excellence in Physics Education Award will consist of a $5,000 monetary award, a certificate citing the achievements of the group or individual, and an allowance for travel expenses to the meeting where the award is presented. (Registration fees will be waived). The awardee will be invited to present a talk at that meeting. The award will be given annually.
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
The award may be a given for, but not necessarily restricted to, such accomplishments as: outreach programs; 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. Nominations are active for three years.
Nomination & Selection Process
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.
The deadline for submission of nominations for the 2017 prize is July 1, 2016. The nomination must include:
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)
2016 Excellence in Physics Education Award Recipient:
Robert John Beichner
North Carolina State University
2015: 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