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 April APS 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 beginning with the 2015 award. Nominations and the selection of finalists will be made in the year of the ; the selection and announcement of the winner will be made 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 April APS 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 April APS 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
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 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:
2016 Selection Committee: Patricia Burchat (Chair); Neil Cornish; Anna Frebel; Lloyd Knox; Fiona Harrison