Thomas H. Stix Award

Thomas Stix
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Established in 2013 with generous support from the Division of of Plasma Physics (DPP), the Thomas H. Stix Award for Outstanding Early Career Contributions to Plasma Physics Research recognizes and encourages young researchers in many areas — including, but not limited to fundamental plasma physics, fusion plasmas, astrophysical or space plasmas, low-temperature plasmas, or high-energy-density plasmas.

DPP has launched an endowment campaign with the goal of raising $90,000 by May 2020. Its purpose is to ensure that young scientists are recognized in perpetuity for their contributions, and to increase the award stipend from $2,000 to $3,000. Recipients will be presented with the stipend and a certificate citing their contributions at the annual meeting of the DPP. If, however, this effort will not reach its intended goal by May 19, 2020, the existing funds will be used until depleted on activities related to the Stix Award.

Please join in supporting and encouraging young plasma physics researchers by contributing to the endowment campaign for the Thomas H. Stix Award for Outstanding Early Career Contributions to Plasma Physics Research. Below, past recipients have shared how meaningful the award and the contributions of Thomas H. Stix have been to them in their careers.

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If you prefer to contribute by mail, please make your check payable to the American Physical Society and note "Stix Award" in the memo. Mail your gift to Irene I. Lukoff, Director of Development, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740. For further information about giving, visit Giving Options.

Past Recipients of the Thomas H. Stix Award

Tammy Ma, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
2016 Thomas H. Stix Award Recipient

Tammy Ma

"It has been a tremendous honor to receive an award in Dr. Stix’s name. I used his textbook in graduate school, and his accomplishments and all the foundations he laid for the discipline of plasma physics are truly amazing. To have my work recognized by the APS is both humbling and serves as very strong encouragement, that even as a young scientist, I can have impact on a large field. The award has already opened new doors for my career — in exposure to new colleagues in the specialty as well as an endorsement of my technical abilities leading to new grants and projects. I’m very grateful to have had an opportunity to present my work in an invited talk at the APS, and to get to use the awards dinner to thank all the mentors, colleagues, and friends that have supported me."


Nuno Gomes Loureiro, MIT
2015 Thomas H. Stix Award Recipient

Nuno Gomes Loureiro

"Thomas Stix is a founding figure of plasma physics and engineering. His contributions, profound and varied, came to define what is today a vibrant, exciting, and incredibly diverse field of science. In setting very high standards for intellectual rigor and originality, Stix deeply inspired colleagues and the generations that followed. Receiving the Stix award as a young scientist is certainly an immense honor; but, to me, what stands out is the tremendous responsibility that comes with it. For it implies, or, rather, demands, a daily-renewed search for excellence, and aspiration to constantly surpass myself. I am certain that my fellow awardees share this feeling, as will future ones. And so the American Physical Society found a way to perpetuate Stix’s presence and influence. The community is richer and better for it."


Ilya Dodin, Princeton University
2014 Thomas H. Stix Award Recipient

Ilya Dodin

"Receiving the Thomas H. Stix Award from the APS was a great honor for me. It also awed me. Although I never met Prof. Stix in person, there have been many times when I felt that my career path is mysteriously tied to his name. I teach the Princeton graduate course on plasma waves that Prof. Stix taught in the past, and I use his famous book as a textbook in my course. Moreover, recently, my research interests have shifted to basic wave physics, which was Prof. Stix's specialty, and I regularly find myself working on problems related to those he used to work on. After all that, becoming the first recipient of an award named after Prof. Stix was almost uncanny and therefore especially inspirational. The award is also dear to me because it recognized an exciting theoretical research that I and my colleagues pursued for many years. This research yielded somewhat radical ideas in the methodology of plasma wave theory, but they seem more and more promising as we explore their applications. The acknowledgment of our results by the APS in 2014 was very timely and facilitated their promotion. (Yes, and mine too.) That boosted our research a lot and helped us made a major progress recently. I only wish my award talk could have been given now rather than in 2014. Today, we have so many more results to present."

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