Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics

This award recognizes a recent Ph. D. in Nuclear Physics. The annual award consists of $2,500, a certificate, travel reimbursement, and a registration waiver to receive the award and give an invited talk at a Division of Nuclear Physics session at the APS April Meeting.

Establishment & Support

This award was endowed in 1985 by members and friends of the Division of Nuclear Physics. It was given bi-annually until becoming an annual award in 1999.

Rules & Eligibility

Nominations are open to any person who has received a Ph. D. degree in experimental or theoretical nuclear physics from a North American university within the two-year period preceding June 1, 2018. Nominations should include:


  1. APS Prizes and Awards nomination form (nominee’s contact information, thesis date),
  2. A statement of her/his contribution to the research as well as that of others,
  3. A letter of support from the nominee's Ph.D. thesis advisor,
  4. Two additional letters of support from physicists who are familiar with the candidate and the research,
  5. A copy of the proposed candidate's thesis,
  6. Demographics form (if known/wish to specify age, gender, race, and ethnicity of the nominee).

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2018

To start a new or update a continuing nomination, please see the Prize & Award Nomination Guidelines.

2019 Selection Committee Members: David Dean (Chair), John Wilkerson (Vice Chair), Senta V. Greene, Lee Sobotka, James Vary,

Serving a diverse and inclusive community of physicists is a primary goal for APS. Nominations of women and members of underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged.

2018 Recipients

Kyle W Brown
Washington University at St. Louis

Matthew Elias Caplan
Indiana University

Past Recipients

2017: Jonathan Loren Ouellet
2016: Chun Shen
2015: Michael P. Mendenhall
2014: Katherine Myers
2013: Gang Shen
2012: Emanuele Mereghetti
          Phillip S. Barbeau
2011: Huichao Song
          Matthew W. Luzum
2010: Calem R. Hoffman
2009: Steven M. Clayton
          Thomas I. Banks
2008: Deepshikha Choudhury
          Nikolai Tolich
2007: Kathryn K.S. Miknaitis
          Magdalena Djordjevic
2006: Li-Bang Wang
2005: Andriy Kurylov
2004: Andrew W. Steiner
2003: Karsten Heeger
2002: Jiunn-Wei Chen
2001: Daniel Bardayan
2000: John Arrington
1999: Eric Hawker
1998: Yury G. Kolomensky
1996: Gregory Joseph Schmid
1994: Zhiping Zhao
1992: James Edward Koster
1990: Michael J. Musolf
1988: Thomas E. Cowan
1986: Brad Sherrill
          W. J. Burger