Nicholas Metropolis Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Work in Computational Physics

The purpose of the award is to recognize doctoral thesis research of outstanding quality and achievement in computational physics and to encourage effective written and oral presentation of research results. The award consists of $2,500 and a certificate to be presented at an awards ceremony at the Division of Computational Physics annual meeting and an additional allowance of up to $1,500 to travel to the meeting. The recipient will be invited to present his or her work in an appropriate session of the meeting. The award will be presented annually.

Establishment & Support

The award is supported by the Division of Computational Physics.

Rules & Eligibility

The Division of Computational Physics is pleased to announce its annual competition for the Nicholas Metropolis Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Work in Computational Physics. The deadline for nominations is July 1st. Nominations will be accepted for any doctoral student (present or past) in any country for work performed as part of the requirements for a doctoral degree. Nominees must have pass their thesis defense not more than 18 months before the nomination deadline. An individual can be nominated only once; however, an unsuccessful candidate will be carried over for one year.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017

The nomination package should include:  

  1. A letter of nomination reviewing the merits of the nominee's work and accompanied by the thesis manuscript, publications and/or reports describing the work, curriculum vitae and graduate course records;
  2. A letter from the nominee's thesis advisor certifying the eligibility of the student and delineating in detail the contributions of the nominee, making comparisons with others;
  3. Three independent letters of reference, at least one of which should be from outside the nominee's institution;
  4. Submit electronically one unified pdf file, or a tar file containing everything in a single directory to the current committee chair.

The file or directory should contain all nomination materials and a copy of all reference letters and be sent to the chair of the reviewing committee:

Ching Fong
University of California, Davis


2017 Selection Committee Members: Ching Yao Fong (Chair), Klaus Bartschat, Michelle Johannes, Remi Lehe, Mark Novatny

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 Recipient

Remi Lehe
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Remi Lehe

Past Recipients

2015: William East
2014: Michael Wall
2013: David Yllanes
2012: Justin Weber
2011: Dmitry Fedosov
2010: Ken Kamrin
2009: Chao Cao
2008: Soon Yong Chang
2007: Chengkun Huang
2006: Joseph A. Barranco
2005: Harald P. Pfeiffer
2004: Joerg Rottler
2003: Frans Pretorius
2002: Nadia Lapusta
2001: John Ernest Pask
2000: Michael L. Falk
1999: Luis Lehner