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 $1000.
Establishment & Support
The award was established in 1992 by the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics with sponsorship from members and friends of the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. The award is now endowed by M Squared Lasers.
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.
The deadline for submitting nominations has past. All applications must be submitted to the chair of the DAMOP thesis prize committee by December 1 of the year proceeding the award.
2014 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in AMO Physics Recipient:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology