Doctoral Thesis Award
Starting in March, 2015, the Division of Chemical Physics of the American Physical Society will offer an award for the best doctoral dissertation in any area of chemical physics. The DCP Dissertation Award consists of $1,000, a certificate describing the achievements of the recipient, and a grant of up to $1,000 for the awardee to travel to the March APS meeting to receive the award and give an oral presentation describing his or her doctoral research.
Eligible candidates should have passed their thesis defense between November 1, 2013 and June 1, 2015. Both the candidate and his/her thesis advisor must be members of the DCP. Applications for this award should consist of a summary of the dissertation (maximum length of 750 words with a 12 point font, in addition to figures, captions, and references), the candidate’s CV, a letter of nomination from the thesis advisor, and a supporting letter from a second scientist. The thesis advisor should verify the thesis defense date for students defending their thesis between November 1, 2014 and June 1, 2015. Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 1, 2014. The thesis summary and CV should be bundled in a single pdf file, and the supporting letters should be sent independently.
All candidates are encouraged to submit a 12 minute oral presentation at the March meeting, while the award winner will give a 36 minute presentation at a special award session. Candidates are also encouraged to apply for a travel award of up to $500 (http://www.aps.org/units/dcp/awards/gsta.cfm) to defray part of the travel expenses. Up to five travel awards will be issued.
Alexander J. White, University of California, San Diego
(currently at Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Alexander White was born and raised in Southern California. He earned his bachelor's degree in 2008 from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. After spending a year working as a bench chemist, he began his doctoral studies in chemistry at the University of California, San Diego. In late 2010, Alexander transitioned to theoretical chemistry. He joined the research group of Prof. Michael Galperin at UCSD and began using molecular many-body state methods to describe non-equilibrium properties of single molecule junctions. Alexander made contributions in correlated and inelastic electron transport, correlated energy-electron transfer, and the optical response of current carrying molecular junctions. In 2011, he was a summer graduate student at Los Alamos National Laboratory, working with Dr. Sergei Tretiak. There he worked on developing an approach for calculating the Raman spectra of current carrying molecular junctions within a many-body states framework. In March 2014, Alexander began as a postdoctoral research associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory working with Dr. Dmitry Mozyrsky and Dr. Sergei Tretiak. He is working on the development of first principles based semiclassical methods for describing non-adiabatic molecular dynamics.