Thomas H. Stix Award for Outstanding Early Career Contributions to Plasma Physics Research

To recognize an individual researcher who has made outstanding contributions (theoretical, experimental, computational, or technical) in plasma physics early in their career. Areas of plasma physics covered by the Award include, but are not limited to, fundamental plasma physics, fusion plasmas, astrophysical or space plasmas, low-temperature plasmas, or high-energy-density plasmas.  

The Award consists of a certificate with a citation and a stipend of $2000. It will be presented at the annual meeting of the Division of Plasma Physics (DPP). DPP will contribute the costs of the certificate, waive the registration fee for attending the conference and up to two complimentary banquet tickets for the recipient and a companion. 

Establishment & Support

This award was established in 2013 by a contribution from the Division of Plasma Physics.

Rules & Eligibility

Nominations are open to scientists of all nationalities regardless of the geographical site at which the work was done. The Award will be given every year to an early career researcher. An early career researcher is defined as an individual in the first 10 years of a research career, i.e. at most 10 years following the award of a PhD. No person may receive the Award more than once. The Award is not to be given for work previously recognized by a DPP prize (e.g. the Rosenbluth award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis or the Dawson Award). Self-nominations will not be considered. Nominations are active for three years.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017

The nomination package 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.

To start a new or update a continuing nomination, please see the Prize & Award Nomination Guidelines.

2017 Selection Committee Members: Melissa Douglass (Chair), Cameron Geddes (Vice Chair), Tammy Ma ('16 Award recipient), Nuno Loureiro, Alec Thomas


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 Recipient

Tammy Ma
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Tammy Ma



Past Recipients

2015: Nuno F. G. Loureiro
2014: Ilya Dodin