Dissertation Award in Hadronic Physics

This award recognizes outstanding young scientists who have performed original research in the area of hadronic physics.

The APS Topical Group on Hadronic Physics presents the award biennially, consisting of $1,000, a certificate, up to $1,500 in travel reimbursement, and a registration waiver to receive the award and give an invited talk at the biennial meeting of the Topical Group on Hadronic Physics.

Establishment & Support

This award was established in 2011 with support from Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (the management contractor for Jefferson Lab), Brookhaven National Laboratory, Universities Research Association (the management contractor for Fermi National Accelerator Lab), and the members and friends of the Topical Group on Hadronic Physics.

Rules & Eligibility

In order to be eligible candidates must have received a Ph.D. in experimental or theoretical hadronic physics from a college or university in the United States, or, if a Ph.D. student at a non-US institution, must have conducted a significant part of their Ph.D. research within the USA (have resided in the USA for at least one-half of the official duration of their Ph.D. research program) or have been a member of the APS for a period of at least two-thirds of their Ph.D. research program. The Ph.D. degree must have been awarded within a two-year period ending the day before nominations are due. Candidates receiving a dissertation award from other APS units are ineligible for the Dissertation Award in Hadronic Physics.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Nominations must include:

  1. APS Prizes and Awards nomination form (nominee’s contact information, thesis date);

  2. The name and address of the candidate;

  3. A statement of the candidate's contribution to the research;

  4. A letter of support from the candidate's Ph.D. dissertation advisor;

  5. Two additional letters of support from physicists familiar with the candidate and the research;

  6. A copy of the candidate's dissertation.

  7. Demographics form (if known/wish to specify age, gender, race, and ethnicity of the nominee)


The nominations will be evaluated based on: the quality of the written dissertation, the contribution of the student to the research, the impact of the work, and the broader involvement of the student in the community.

To submit a nomination, please see the Prize & Award Nomination Guidelines.

2019 Selection Committee Members: TBD

Serving a diverse and inclusive community of physicists is a primary goal for APS. Nominations of women and members of underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged.

2016 Recipient

Phiala E. Shanahan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Phiala Shanahan

Past Recipients

2015: Daniel Pitonyak
2013: Jin Huang