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Millie Dresselhaus Fund for Science & Society

APS is proud to announce the Mildred Dresselhaus Fund for Science and Society has been fully funded.

The Fund will endow an annual lectureship at the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP), and provide travel grants for undergraduate women who lack sufficient resources to attend. Additionally, the Fund will support a new annual prize, the first APS scientific Prize named in honor of a woman, to honor and celebrate the achievements of a scientist who has made significant contributions in the areas of nanoscience and nanomaterials.

Millie Dresselhaus

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About the Fund

The Millie Dresselhaus Fund for Science and Society will support:

The Dresselhaus Prize
A new prize to honor and celebrate the achievements of an individual who has excelled as a scientist and who has made significant contributions to nanoscience and nanomaterials—areas pioneered by Millie. This annual APS Prize, the first APS scientific Prize named in honor of a woman, will provide a $10,000 stipend and community recognition at the APS March Meeting.

Millie Dresselhaus CUWiP Keynote Lectureship
An equal fund to support speakers delivering the keynote address to the more than 2,000 young women attending the annual Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP), and to provide travel grants for undergraduate women who lack sufficient resources to attend. The Fund will also award mini grants to Women in Physics groups throughout the country to enable them to conduct activities on their campuses, and encourage undergraduate women to complete their degree in physics.


"I first met Millie at Lincoln Labs, before she was a faculty member, when I was a graduate student at MIT working with Charles Townes. She was my inspiration then, as she was throughout my career. ...her work in physics will last forever..."

– Elsa Garmire, APS Senior Fellow, Sydney E. Junkins Professor of Engineering, Dartmouth College

"I am pleased to donate to the Millie Dresselhaus Fund. My personal interactions with her were infrequent and only relatively late in her career, largely through our respective roles with an EFRC at Columbia University. Nonetheless, even that limited chance to met the person behind her wonderful science was a memorable experience. I also have the utmost respect for her energetic service to science and her personal presence for so many groups and individuals that represent a wonderful inspiration.

I hope this effort can be fully successful and the excellent goals for the fund can be realizes. They will certainly extend her legacy."

– Mark Hybersten,Group Leader, Theory and Computation, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory

"...As a former postdoc of Millie's it is a privilege to be able to honor her in this way. She had a profound influence on my career, and continues to be an inspiration to me. I am proud to have known her."

– Laurie E. McNeil, Bernard Gray Distinguished Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Physics and Astronomy

"Millie was both a prolific contributor to our field, particularly in the materials area, and an inspiration to so many people during her long active career. It is an honor to play some small role in honoring her through this Fund."

– Jim McGroddy, APS Senior Fellow, Donor and IBM Research, Retired

Fundraising Committee

Daniel Dessau (Chair), Marianne Dresselhaus-Cooper, Leora Dresselhaus-Cooper, Beverly Hartline, Julie Kim-Zajonz, Cherry Murray, Nitin Samarth, Nai-Chang Yeh.

About Millie Dresselhaus

"In traditional Chinese culture, a great scholar must possess three quintessential attributes: virtuosity, versatility, and virtue. Such scholarship is considered to be the pinnacle of accomplishment to which all intellectuals aspire. In my opinion, Professor Mildred S.Dresselhaus, fondly known as "'Millie'" and "'Queen of Carbon Science,'" is one of those great scholars whose shining example will be ageless."

– Excerpts from ACS Nano 11, 5215 (2017) by Nai-Chang Yeh, Professor of Physics and Fletcher Jones Foundation Co-Director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute at the California Institute of Technology

Millie, as she was known to everyone, made important contributions to science through her work on deciphering the secrets of carbon, discoveries on the electronic structure of semimetals, and work on nanomaterials and other nanostructural systems—contributions that have won significant accolades in and of themselves—but more than this, she was an inspiration and mentor to many young women and men as they developed into scientists and engineers.

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Thank You to Our Donors

The American Physical Society would like to thank these generous donors for their contributions to the Millie Dresselhaus Fund for Science and Society:

$50,000 and Above
Anonymous(1), Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation

$20,000 - $49,999
Frances Hellman, Kate Kirby

$10,000 - $19,999
Andreas and Juana Acrivos, Argonne National Laboratory, Cherry Murray, Frances Hellman and Warren Breslau, Honda Research Institute USA, Lake Shore Cryotronics, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Marianne Cooper, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Robert Byer, SLAC - National Accelerator Laboratory, Steven Chu, Texas Instruments Inc

$5,000 - $9,999
Brookhaven National Laboratory, Eugene Venturini, Gregory Norton, Helen Hansma, IBM Corporation, Marianne Dresselhaus Cooper, James Tsang, Jefferson Lab/Jefferson Science Associates, Jin Joo Song, Laurie McNeil, Lawrence Schmutz, Nobuyuki Kambe, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

$3,000 - $4,999
Beverly Hartline, Dan Dessau, E Garmire, Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, James Clinton, Mary Shoaf, Nai-Chang Yeh, Robert Austin, Robert Wheeler, Sengadu Seshadri, Theodore Hodapp

$1,000 - $2,999
Anonymous(1), Anonymous, Barbara Shrauner, Ben Ocko, Chun Ning Lau, David Cammack, David Platts, Deborah Chung, Edmund Bertschinger, Edward Haugland, Edward Witten, Edwin Thomas, Elizabeth Karplus, Ernest Moniz, Gerald Peterson, Gordon Thomas, Haiyan Gao, Helen Quinn, Hope Michelsen, Hyun-Tak Kim, James McGroddy, Joshua Veazey, Julia Hsu, Jun Zhu, Ling Miao, Lorraine Solomon, Marc Kastner, Maria Chan, Mark Hybertsen, Martin Maltz, Mary Ann Sweeney, Michael Douglas, Myriam Sarachik, Patricia Burchat, Petra Rudolf, Qihua Xiong, Raymond Beausoleil, Richard Furnstahl, Robert Birgeneau, Robert Knepper, Roberto Car, Roger Kirby, Sadamichi Maekawa, Samuel Bader, Stuart Rice, Teri Odom, Thomas DeTemple, Tracy Chen, Wyatt Technology Corporation, Zhifeng Ren

$500 - $999
Daniel Rugar, David Sward, Dennis Clougherty, Donald Bethune, Elizabeth Dussan, Frieda Stahl, George Schmiedeshoff, Howard Stone, Jaideep Singh, James Stith, John Rehr, Joseph Serene, Julia Phillips, Julie Kim-Zajonz, Larry Gladney, Laura Greene, Marc Levenson, Marion White, Marla Dowell, Morrel Cohen, Nitin Samarth, Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, Peter Schiffer, Shengxi Huang, Sophie Vandebroek, Stephen Steadman, Thomas Mallouk, Thomas Timusk

Up to $499
Anonymous(23), A.-M. Tremblay, Alan Hurd, Alan Strauss, Albert Lazzarini, Albert Macrander, Alexander Gramolin, Amy Flatten, Andrea Liu, Andrew Schwartz, Anthony Leggett, Aron Pinczuk, Aviva Brecher, Barbara Levi, Brian Schwartz, Chandra Breanne Curry, Charles Nelson, Christina Back, Christine Aidala, Christopher Jarzynski, D. James Baker, Daniel Kulp, Daniel Lathrop, Daniel Prober, David Campbell, David Kaiser, David Rudman, David Sellmyer, David Vanderbilt, Donald Shapero, Eduardo Mucciolo, Eliezer Richmond, Elizabeth Bartosz, Ellen Brown, Erin Teich, Ernst Sichtermann, Evan Golden, Fidelity Charitable, Frank King, Frank Stern, G Jordan Maclay, Gail Dodge, Gregory Boebinger, Heidi Fencl, Herman Winick, Irene Lukoff, J. Coriolano, James Egan, James Lavine, Janice Button-Shafer, Jay Morreale, Jean-Francois Van Huele, Jeffrey Shainline, Jeffrey Shapiro, Jenna Walrath, Jennifer Pursley, John Muenter, John Tranquada, Jolie Cizewski, Joseph Feldman, Kate Scholberg, Kathryn Butler, Keith Burrell, Kevin Kase, Kristin Merrill, Kristine Lang, Laura Biedermann, Laura Smilowitz, Li Shi, Lisa Hall, Liz Dart Caron, Lizhi Xiao, Margaret Law, Mariam Mehter, Marie Lopez del Puerto, Marilyn Schneider, Mario Affatigato, Mark Doyle, Masatoshi Koyama, Matthew C. Sullivan, Melissa Pasquinelli, Melvin Moriwaki, Meng-Ju Sher, Michael McDaniel, Michael Miskulin, Michael Toney, Mike Williams, Paul Klein, Paul Stradins, Peter Johnson, Peter Somssich, Peter Young, Philip Taylor, Phoebe McClincy, Pieter Visscher, Pushpalatha Bhat, R Drake, Rajeswari Kolagani, Randy Rannow, Raphael Hermann, Reshef Tenne, Reuben Collins, Richard Harris, Rikio Konno, Robert Gottschall, Robert Krasny, Robert Redwine, Robert Silberstein, Roger Falcone, Ronggui Yang, Rulon Linford, Russell Walstedt, S. Lance Cooper, Shuo Chen, Srikanth Srinivasan, Stephen Richter, Steven Greenbaum, Susan Sinnott, Talat Rahman, Thomas Carruthers, Timothy Hobbs, Valeriy Ginzburg, Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Virginia Trimble, Webster Smith, Wenhui Li, William Collins, William Fawley, William Parker, William Reinhardt, Xu Zhang, Yan Li, Yunqiu (Kelly) Luo

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