Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award in Astrophysics
To recognize doctoral thesis in research in Astrophysics, and to encourage effective written and oral presentation of research results. The award, to be given annually, consists of $1,000 and a certificate citing the contribution made by the recipient. Finalists will receive a travel stipend of $750 to present their work in an invited session at the APS April Meeting.
Establishment & Support
The award was established in 2013 by the Division of Astrophysics (DAP). For the first three years, the award will be sponsored by the DAP. This began with the 2015 award, which was announced at the 2015 April Meeting.
Rules & Eligibility
Doctoral students at any university in the United States or abroad who have passed their thesis defense for the Ph.D. any time during the two calendar years prior to the year of the APS April Meeting where the award is made (for example, for the 2016 award, anyone who defended in 2014 or 2015 is eligible), and whose thesis topic is appropriate for DAP (i.e. dealing with topics that are typically presented in DAP sponsored or co-sponsored sessions at the APS April Meeting), and who are members of the DAP are eligible for the award. A student may be a finalist in the competition only once. Nominations and selection of finalists will be made during the nomination submission year, after the deadline; the selection and announcement of the winner will be made at the following APS April Meeting.
Nomination & Selection Process
Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2016
Nominations must be received by the Chair of the DAP Thesis Award Selection Committee prior to the deadline for nominations. The deadline for nominations is September 30 of the year preceding the April Meeting where the award will be made. Nominations must be submitted as a single PDF file to the Chair of the Selection Committee in an email attachment. The Chair will promptly reply with a confirmation that the packet has been received. The nomination process is initiated by the thesis advisor. The nominator must be a DAP member. The nomination packet consists of the following materials:
- A letter from the thesis advisor citing the specific contributions of the nominee and the significance of those contributions.
- At most two letters seconding the nomination.
- A letter from the department chair certifying the date of the thesis defense. If this letter goes beyond verifying the defense date it must be counted as one of the two seconding letters.
- A manuscript prepared by the nominee describing the thesis research; the manuscript may not exceed 1,500 words (excluding references) and a maximum of 6 figures.
- An abstract prepared by the nominee suitable for publication in the APS April Meeting Bulletin.
The name of the thesis supervisor and the institution should be indicated in a footnote. The finalists will be chosen by the Thesis Award Selection Committee based on the quality of the thesis research and the written presentation. Selection Committee members who have mentored or otherwise co-authored with any candidate will recuse themselves from selection of finalists or awardees as appropriate. The three finalists will present their work at a special Thesis Award Session of the April Meeting. After consideration of the oral presentation, the Selection Committee will choose the recipient of the award. The winner will be announced at the DAP business meeting. Nominees who are not selected as finalists may submit abstracts for regular oral or poster presentation at the meeting.
2016 Selection Committee: Patricia Burchat (Chair); Neil Cornish; Anna Frebel; Lloyd Knox; Fiona Harrison
Nominations for the 2016 Award are closed. Nominations for the 2017 Award will open in mid-2016 with a deadline of September 30, 2016.
Submit nominations to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blakesley Burkhart, U Wisconsin
New Frontiers for Diagnosing the Turbulent Nature of the Multiphase Magnetized Interstellar Medium
Liang Dai, Johns Hopkins U
Primordial Perturbations in the Early Universe: Theory, Detection, and Implication for Inflation
Wen-fai Fong, Harvard
Unveiling the Progenitors of Short Gamma-ray Bursts
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.