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Meenakshi Narain Mentoring Award

Meenakshi Narain Mentoring Award Fully Endowed!

The DPF Executive Committee has dedicated the Meenakshi Narain Mentoring Award in honor of Prof. Meenakshi Narain, who passed away unexpectedly on January 1, 2023. The Meenakshi Narain Mentoring Award recognizes scientists who are committed to and excel at mentoring early-career scientists, especially junior scientists from under-represented backgrounds. DPF first presented the award in 2015, and has recognized a prominent group of our high-energy colleagues. DPF and APS also began an endowment campaign to raise $150,000 to add a monetary prize to enhance its stature and impact.

Due to generous contributions from friends and colleagues, as well as the Heising-Simons Foundation, APS and DPF are pleased to announce that the award is now fully endowed. As a result of the completion of the endowment, the award will include a $5,000 monetary prize beginning in 2023. Read below to learn more about the award, and to see a summary of donations given.

Meenakshi Narain


About the Award

Established in 2015, examples of contributions honored by this award include:

  • Exceptional mentoring of early career particle physicists;
  • Sustained commitment to mentoring early career particle physicists from traditionally under-represented backgrounds;
  • A leadership role in developing early career research and career development activities.

To honor Professor Narain’s commitment and passion to mentoring others, APS and DPF are raising endowment funds to provide a monetary prize of $5,000 and support the travel of the award winner to an APS or DPF conference where the award will be presented.

About Meenakshi Narain

Professor Narain was an experimental particle physicist and an inspirational leader. She served as a dedicated mentor to many young scientists, and developed many new programs that strived to improve diversity and inclusion in physics. Her commitment to science and her care for the high-energy physics community and the people in it has left a lasting impact. APS and DPF are delighted to dedicate this mentoring award in her honor.

In memoriam: Physicist Meenakshi Narain

Thank You to Our Donors

The American Physical Society would like to thank these generous donors for their contributions to the Meenakshi Narain Mentoring Award:

$50,000 and Above
Heising-Simons Foundation

$10,000 - $19,999
R Sekhar Chivukula and Elizabeth H. Simmons

$5,000 - $9,999
Rahul, Gauri, Prasant and Mamta Narain, Anand, Aneesh, and Ulrich Heintz, University Research Association

$3,000 - $4,999
McConnel Family Fund

$1,000 - $2,999
Anonymous(1), David Saltzberg, Edward Kearns, Janet Blume, Joel Butler, Ken Bloom and Sarah Kelen, Kenneth Lane, Richard Partridge, Robert Cousins, Sarah Eno, Sridhara Dasu, Tulika Bose, Young-Kee Kim

$500 - $999
Bo Jayatilaka, Boaz Klima, David Cutts, Elizabeth Sexton, James Miller, Jesse Thaler, Jim Valles, John Kosterlitz, Michael Turner, Oliver Gutsche, Robert Carey, Robert Lanou

Up to $499
Anonymous(7), Alex Himmel, Anastasia Volovich, Ayres Freitas, Brajesh Choudhary, Cynthia Brossman, David Gerdes, David Lowe, David Yu, Doreen Wackeroth, Eric Flattum, Eva Halkiadakis, Gang Xiao, Greg Landsberg, Harish Potti, Heidi Schellman, Henry Frisch, Indara Suarez, Jennet Dickinson, JiJi Fan, John Marston, Jonathan Pober, Joseph Lykken, Julia Jessie, Julie Hogan, Juliette Alimena, Karri Di Petrillo, Kate Scholberg, Kathleen Turner, Kaustubh Agashe, Kenneth Cecire, Lindsey Bleem, Marcel Demarteau, Martin Schmaltz, Mary Ann Rotondo, Matthew Bellis, Maxwell Chertok, Melvyn Shochet, Michael Peskin, Paul Grannis, Pavel Nadolsky, Philip Tuts, Pranava Teja Surukuchi Venkata, Reina Maruyama, Robert Pelcovits, Sheryl Grace, Tao Han, Ties Behnke, Toyoko Orimoto, Vaia Papadimitriou

Ways to Support the Meenakshi Narain Mentoring Award


Help honor the legacy of Professor Narain by donating to the Meenakshi Narain Mentoring Award. Make your secure, online gift today.

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By Mail

Send your check, payable to American Physical Society, to:
Kein Kase, Director of Development
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
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