Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Atomic, Molecular, or Optical Physics
To recognize doctoral thesis research of outstanding quality and achievement in atomic, molecular, or optical physics and to encourage effective written and oral presentation of research results. The award to be given annually consists of $2,500 and a certificate citing the contribution made by the recipient. All finalists will receive a travel stipend of $500.
Establishment & Support
The award was established in 1992 by the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics and is sponsored by members and friends of the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics.
Rules & Eligibility
With exceptions noted below, doctoral students at any university in the United States or abroad who have passed their thesis defense for the Ph.D. in the disciplines of atomic, molecular, or optical physics any time during the two calendar years preceding the DAMOP Annual Meeting at which the award is to be presented are eligible for the award. For the 2015 meeting, a person is eligible if the Ph.D. is completed in 2013 or 2014. A student who has won a thesis prize in another division or whose thesis advisor serves on the current Selection Committee is not eligible for an award. The student's thesis advisor nominates the student, and must be a member of the APS and DAMOP. A student may be a finalist in the competition only once. Eligible non-finalists may only be renominated by submitting an entirely new package, even if it is the same as the original package. Renominations are NOT made automatically.
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.
Nominations must be received by the Chair of the DAMOP Thesis Award Selection Committee prior to the deadline for nominations on December 1, 2014. Nominations must be submitted as a single PDF file by the thesis advisor to the Chair of the Selection Committee in an email attachment.The nomination process is initiated by the thesis advisor. The nomination package consists of the following materials:
1. A nomination letter from the thesis advisor citing the specific contributions of the nominee and the significance of those contributions. The thesis advisor must be a member of the APS and DAMOP prior to submitting the nomination.
2. A letter from the department chair certifying the Ph.D. defense date. The defense date and final submission of the dissertation must occur in the two calendar years prior to the calendar year of the DAMOP meeting.
3. At least two additional letters of support seconding the nomination.
4. A manuscript prepared by the nominee describing the thesis research; the manuscript may not exceed 1,500 words (excluding figures and references).
5. An abstract prepared by the nominee that is suitable for publication in the DAMOP Bulletin; the abstract may not exceed 1,300 characters. The name of the thesis supervisor and the institution should be indicated in a footnote.
6. A copy of the candidate's curriculum vitae.
Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by return email. Please contact the committee chair if an acknowledgement is not soon received. Once a nomination packet is submitted, updates to the nomination will be permitted up to the submission deadline, December 1, 2014 (please send a single new PDF file in this case).
The finalists will be chosen by the Thesis Award Selection Committee based on the quality of the thesis research and the written presentation. The finalists will present their work at the Thesis Award Session of the DAMOP Annual Meeting. After consideration of the oral presentations, the Selection Committee will choose the recipient of the award. The winner will be announced at the DAMOP banquet. Nominees who are not selected as finalists may submit abstracts for regular oral or poster presentation at the meeting.Nomination materials should be submitted to the Committee Chair as a single pdf file at:
Selected Thesis Prize Finalists will present their talks at the 2015 DAMOP Meeting. A $500 travel stipend will be provided to all the finalists.
2014 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in AMO Physics Recipient:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology