Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Biological Physics
To recognize doctoral thesis research of outstanding quality and achievement in any area of experimental, computational, engineering, or theoretical Biological Physics, broadly construed, and to encourage effective written and oral presentation of research results, the Division of Biological Physics will present an award, to be given annually, consisting of $1,500, a certificate citing the contribution made by the Awardee, and a $500 travel allowance ($1000 international) and fee waiver to attend the subsequent March meeting and to present an invited talk based on the thesis work or an extension of that work. Award and travel monies will be presented following the talk.
Establishment & Support
The award was established in 2009 by the Division of Biological Physics and is sponsored by members and friends of the Division of Biological Physics.
Biological Physics is one of the most rapidly growing, exciting and interdisciplinary branches of contemporary physics. To encourage the healthy development of this field, the Division of Biological Physics has established an annual award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Biological Physics.
Rules & Eligibility
Doctoral students at any university in the United States or abroad who have passed their thesis defense for the Ph.D. in any areas of experimental, computational, engineering, or theoretical Biological Physics, broadly construed, any time from October 1st two years before the year in which the award is to be presented until September 30th in the year before the award is to be presented, are eligible for the award, except for those whose thesis advisors serve on the current Selection Committee. For example, for the 2014 award, the Ph.D. defense must be passed within the time frame of October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013.
The prize is to recognize the fundamentally interdisciplinary nature of biological physics, the applicant, advisor and degree awarded need not be in Physics, but may also be in any appropriate related area, including, but not limited to, Biomedical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics or Biological Physics, Biophysics, Biology, Mathematics, Biochemistry, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. In the event that the Committee judges no submitted theses to be of sufficient quality, the Committee may elect not to present the award.
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 2014 Biological Physics Thesis Award Selection Committee prior to the deadline for nominations: the first Monday in October each year (October 6, 2014). Nominations must be submitted as a single PDF file 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:
Nominations are limited to one per year per nominator. Writers of seconding letters may only submit one seconding letter per year.
For the 2014 Award, Nominations must be sent to:
DBIO Secretary / Treasurer
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Department of Physics
666 N. Pleasant StreetAmherst, MA 01003
United States of America