Dissertation Award in Hadronic Physics

The Dissertation Award in Hadronic Physics recognizes outstanding early-career scientists who have performed original research in the area of hadronic physics.

The APS Topical Group on Hadronic Physics presents the award annually, consisting of $1,500, a certificate, up to $1,500 in travel reimbursement, and a registration waiver to receive the award and give an invited talk at the biennial meeting of the Topical Group on Hadronic Physics.

Rules and eligibility

In order to be eligible candidates must have received a PhD in experimental or theoretical hadronic physics. The PhD degree must have been awarded within a two-year period ending the day before nominations are due. Candidates receiving a dissertation award from other APS units are ineligible for the Dissertation Award in Hadronic Physics. Nominations will be considered for two review cycles provided the nominator re-certifies the nomination and continues to meet this criteria before the next deadline.

Process and selection

Nominations must include:

  • APS Prizes and Awards nomination form (nominee’s contact information, thesis date
  • The name and address of the candidate
  • A statement of the candidate's contribution to the research
  • A letter of support from the candidate's PhD dissertation advisor
  • Two additional letters of support from physicists familiar with the candidate and the research
  • A copy of the candidate's dissertation

Establishment and support

This award was established in 2011 with support from Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (the management contractor for Jefferson Lab), Brookhaven National Laboratory, Universities Research Association (the management contractor for Fermi National Accelerator Lab), and the members and friends of the Topical Group on Hadronic Physics. The award was permanently endowed in 2021 with the support of the Center for Frontiers in Nuclear Science and additional support from the friends of this Topical Group.

Recent recipients

Blair Seidlitz

2024 recipient

For developing the experimental access of high-multiplicity photo-nuclear interactions and a novel investigation of collective phenomena in this system.

Glòria Montaña Faiget

2023 recipient

For outstanding progress in understanding the properties of heavy mesons in hot matter with the combination of non-perturbative hadronic theories and finite-temperature field theories.

Davide Giusti

2022 recipient

For achievements in applying a new non-perturbative approach to evaluate QED and strong isospin breaking effects on hadron masses and weak decays using lattice QCD+QED simulations.

Weizhi Xiong

2021 recipient

For outstanding contributions to the proton charge radius experiment, PRad, at Jefferson Lab, and especially for his analysis of the PRad experimental data leading to a precise determination of the proton charge radius value.

Jacob J. Ethier

2019 recipient

For achievements in developing a new approach to global analyses of parton distribution functions with modern statistical methods.

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The membership of APS is diverse and global, and the nominees and recipients of APS Honors should reflect that diversity so that all are recognized for their impact on our community. Nominations of members belonging to groups traditionally underrepresented in physics, such as women, LGBT+ scientists, scientists who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), disabled scientists, scientists from institutions with limited resources, and scientists from outside the United States, are especially encouraged.

Nominees for and holders of APS Honors (prizes, awards, and fellowship) and official leadership positions are expected to meet standards of professional conduct and integrity as described in the APS Ethics Guidelines. Violations of these standards may disqualify people from consideration or lead to revocation of honors or removal from office.

Dissertation Award in Hadronic Physics

Nominations deadline
August 1, 2024
Jefferson Science Associates
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Universities Research Association
APS Topical Group on Hadronic Physics (GHP)
Center for Frontiers in Nuclear Science
$1500, a certificate, travel reimbursement, registration waiver

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