Dissertation Award in Hadronic Physics

To recognize outstanding young scientists who have performed original research in the area of hadronic physics, the APS Topical Group on Hadronic Physics has established a dissertation award. The award consists of $1000 and a travel allowance of up to $1500 to attend the biennial meeting of the Topical Group on Hadronic Physics for the award presentation. The dissertation award will be presented biennially.

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

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, September 6, 2016

Nominations must include:

  • The name and address of the candidate;
  • A statement of the candidate's contribution to the research;
  • A letter of support from the candidate's Ph.D. dissertation advisor;
  • Two additional letters of support from physicists familiar with the candidate and the research;
  • A copy of the candidate's dissertation.

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.

Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the 2017 Selection Committee:

Raju Venugopalan

Brookhaven Natl Lab
Physics Department
Upton, NY 11973

Email: raju@bnl.gov

Committee Members: Silas Beane, Volker Crede, Anna Stasto, Xioachao Zheng


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

2015 Recipient

Daniel Pitonyak
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Daniel Pitonyak



Past Recipients

2013: Jin Huang