Dwight Nicholson Medal for Outreach
To recognize the humanitarian aspect of physics and physicists. Recognition consists of the Nicholson medal and a certificate which includes the citation for which the recipient has been recognized. Up to $1,500 will be available for the recipient's travel expenses to the meeting at which the Medal is presented. It will be presented annually.
Establishment & Support
This medal was previously named the Nicholson Medal for Humanitarian Service and was established in 1994 by the Division of Plasma Physics and the Forum on Physics and Society. It is sponsored by friends of Dwight Nicholson. The Forum on Outreach and Engaging the Public is responsible for administering the Medal.
Rules & Eligibility
The Nicholson Medal for Outreach shall be awarded to a physicist who either through public lectures and public media, teaching, research, or science related activities,
1. has successfully stimulated the interest and involvement of the general public on the progress in physics, or
2. has created special opportunities that inspire the scientific development of students or junior colleagues, or has developed programs for students at any level that facilitated positive career choices in physics, or
3. has demonstrated a particularly giving and caring relationship as a mentor to students or colleagues, or has succeeded in motivating interest in physics through inspiring educational works.
Nominations are active for up 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 link above and log into the form using the email address and password you used to create your nominator account.
2016 Selection Committee Members: Charles M Falco (Chair), Heide Doss, Alice L. Bean, Larry Gladney
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.
2015 RecipientsCharles M. Falco
University of Arizona
David Elazzar Kaplan
Johns Hopkins University
Past Recipients2014: NOT AWARDED
2013: E. Dan Dahlberg
2012: NOT AWARDED
2011: David Ernst
2010: Noemie Benczer Koller
2009: Marcia C.B. Barbosa
2008: Katepalli Sreenivasan
2007: David P. Landau
2006: Shlomo Havlin
2005: Padma Kant Shukla
2004: Joel L. Lebowitz
2003: H. Eugene Stanley
2002: Ramon Lopez
2001: D. Allan Bromley
2000: Marshall Nicholas Rosenbluth
1999: Fay Ajzenberg-Selove
Mildred S. Dresselhaus
1998: Vitaly L. Ginzburg
1997: Henry W. Kendall
1996: Li-Zhi Fang
1995: Yuri Fyodorovich Orlov
1994: Andrew M. Sessler