Richard L. Greene Dissertation Award in Experimental Condensed Matter or Materials Physics

To recognize doctoral thesis research of exceptional quality and importance in experimental condensed matter or experimental materials physics. The award, to be given annually, will consist of $2500, a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient, and an allowance of up to $1500 for travel to attend and give an invited talk at the annual APS March meeting at which the award will be presented.

Establishment & Support

The award was established in 2013 to honor the scientific and administrative contributions of Richard L. Greene to experimental condensed matter and materials physics. The Richard L. Greene Award is supported by a gift from his family.

Rules & Eligibility

Nominations will be accepted for doctoral dissertations written in English and submitted to any college or university, worldwide. Nominees must have submitted their dissertations after January 1, two years prior to the award. Nominations may be considered for up to two consecutive review cycles.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Friday, July 1, 2016

Nominations must be submitted to the Award Selection Committee prior to the deadline for the nominations. The deadline for nominations is July 1 of the year preceding the March Meeting where the award will be made. Nominations of qualified women and members of underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged. This award will be based on the dissertation itself and not the subsequent work. The nomination packet consists of the following materials:

  • A PDF of the Ph.D. thesis written in English
  • A letter from the thesis advisor explaining the rationale for the nomination
  • Two letters of support with at least one being from another institution
  • Contact information for the nominee

To complete a nomination click here for the electronic submission form. All files should be in PDF format. Letters can be signed electronically (for example, using an embedded facsimile) or physically. In the latter case they should be digitally scanned. Filenames should include the name of the nominee.

For updating an existing nomination, please click the link above and log into the form using the email address and password you used to create your nominator account.

Selection Committee: TBD


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.

2016 Recipients

Alexander Steppke
University of St Andrews

Susanne Baumann
IBM Almaden Res Ctr



Past Recipients

2015: Matthew D. Reed
          Moureen C. Kemei