Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award

To provide recognition to exceptional young scientists who have performed original thesis work of outstanding scientific quality and achievement in the area of plasma physics. The award consists of $2,000, a certificate to be presented during the award ceremony at the banquet for the Division of Plasma Physics Annual Meeting, and a registration fee waiver.

Establishment & Support

This award was established in 1985 (originally as the Simon Ramo Award and formerly as the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis in Plasma Physics Award) and endowed in 1997 by General Atomics Inc.

Rules & Eligibility

Nominations will be accepted for any doctoral student of a college or university in the United States or for a United States student abroad who has successfully passed his/her final thesis defense within the preceding 24 months of the current nomination deadline. The work to be considered must have been performed as part of the requirements for a doctoral degree. Nomination packages should include a copy of the candidate's thesis. Each nominee will be considered for two consecutive cycles. Updated letters of support may be submitted for the second cycle.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017

The nomination package should include:

(1) your letter of not more than 1,000 words evaluating the nominee's qualifications for the award. This letter is considered the nomination "application".
(2) at least two, but no more than four, seconding letters.
(3) the nominee's thesis.

To start a new or update a continuing nomination, please see the Prize & Award Nomination Guidelines.

2017 Selection Committee Members: Debra Callahan, LLNL (Chair); Hye-Sook Park, LLNL (Vice Chair); Michael Brown, Swarthmore College; David Go, Notre Dame University; Daniel Den Hartog, Univ of Wisc.

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.