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Millie Dresselhaus Fund for Science & Society

Help establish the Mildred Dresselhaus Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomaterials and support activities that will empower more women to obtain degrees and pursue careers in physics.

APS is pleased to announce the establishment of the Millie Dresselhaus Fund for Science and Society to honor the remarkable scientific career and inspiring community legacy of Mildred S. Dresselhaus.

The Millie Dresselhaus Fund for Science and Society will reflect the areas in which Millie excelled and left her mark. The goal is to raise a $600,000 endowment to support activities in the areas of Science and Society to honor her remarkable scientific career and inspiring legacy. This Fund is unlike any other at APS—not only will it recognize the scientific contributions of one or two recipients per year, but its reach and impact will benefit thousands of aspiring women physicists each year.

Millie Dresselhaus

Help Us Reach Our Goal!

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.

The Dresselhaus Keynote Lecture
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

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:

$20,000 - $49,999
Kate Kirby

$10,000 - $19,999
Andreas and Juana Acrivos, Honda Research Institute USA, Texas Instruments Inc

$5,000 - $9,999
Cherry Murray, Gregory Norton, Helen Hansma, James Tsang, Laurie McNeil, Lawrence Schmutz, Nobuyuki Kambe, Robert Byer

$3,000 - $4,999
Mary Shoaf, Robert Austin

$1,000 - $2,999
Anonymous, Barbara Shrauner, Beverly Hartline, Chun Ning Lau, David Cammack, Deborah Chung, E Garmire, Edmund Bertschinger, Edward Haugland, Edward Witten, Edwin Thomas, Ernest Moniz, Gordon Thomas, Helen Quinn, Hyun-Tak Kim, James McGroddy, Jin Joo Song, Joshua Veazey, Julia Hsu, Marc Kastner, Maria Chan, Mark Hybertsen, Michael Douglas, Myriam Sarachik, Nai-Chang Yeh, Patricia Burchat, Qihua Xiong, Richard Furnstahl, Robert Birgeneau, Robert Knepper, Robert Wheeler, Roberto Car, S.R. Seshadri, Sadamichi Maekawa, Samuel Bader, Teri Odom, Theodore Hodapp, Thomas DeTemple, Wyatt Technology Corporation, Zhifeng Ren

$500 - $999
Daniel Rugar, David Sward, Dennis Clougherty, Donald Bethune, Elizabeth Dussan, Frieda Stahl, Haiyan Gao, Hope Michelsen, Howard Stone, James Stith, Joseph Serene, Julia Phillips, Laura Greene, Marion White, Marla Dowell, Mary Ann Sweeney, Morrel Cohen, Roger Kirby, Shengxi Huang, Sophie Vandebroek, Stephen Steadman, Thomas Timusk

Up to $499
Anonymous(15), Alan Hurd, Alan Strauss, Amy Flatten, Andre-Marie Tremblay, Andrea Liu, Andrew Schwartz, Aviva Brecher, Barbara Levi, Brian Schwartz, Charles Nelson, Christine Aidala, Christopher Jarzynski, Dan Kulp, David Campbell, David Rudman, David Sellmyer, Donald Shapero, Elizabeth Bartosz, Ellen Brown, Erin Teich, Ernst Sichtermann, Frank Stern, Gail Dodge, Heidi Fencl, Herman Winick, Irene Lukoff, James Egan, Janice Button-Shafer, Jay Morreale, Jean-Francois Van Huele, Jeffrey Shainline, Jeffrey Shapiro, Jenna Walrath, Jennifer Pursley, Joe Feldman, John Muenter, John Tranquada, Jolie Cizewski, Kate Scholberg, Kathryn Butler, Keith Burrell, Kristine Lang, Laura Biedermann, Lisa Hall, Liz Dart Caron, Margaret Law, Mariam Mehter, Marianne Cooper, Marie Lopez del Puerto, Mario Affatigato, Matthew C. Sullivan, Melissa Pasquinelli, Meng-Ju Sher, Michael McDaniel, Michael Toney, Mike Williams, Nitin Samarth, Paul Stradins, Peter Somssich, Peter Young, Phoebe McClincy, Pieter Visscher, Randy Rannow, Raphael Hermann, Reshef Tenne, Richard Harris, Rikio Konno, Robert Gottschall, Robert Krasny, Robert Redwine, Roger Falcone, Ronggui Yang, S. Lance Cooper, Shuo Chen, Srikanth Srinivasan, Stephen Richter, Steven Greenbaum, Talat Rahman, Thomas Carruthers, Timothy Hobbs, Valeriy Ginzburg, Virginia Trimble, William Fawley, William Parker, Xu Zhang, Yan Li, Yunqiu (Kelly) Luo

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