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Specific eligibility criteria are listed on each award page. Generally:
Specific nomination components are listed on each award page, but generally, a nomination consists of:
All files must be written in English and uploaded in PDF format. Letters must be on letterhead, dated, and signed physically or with an electronic signature. Include the name of the nominee in the filenames.
The nomination period for Society-level prizes and awards typically opens in January each year. Please refer to the deadlines page for when a nomination period closes.
To submit a new or edit an existing nomination:
To edit an existing nomination, find the nomination under My Applications and click the Edit button.
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the nomination deadline passes, the selection committee will begin their review and selection process. Selection committees are formed by the related APS unit or committee, or APS if the honor is not related to a unit or committee. The committee composition varies by honor and may be defined in the unit’s bylaws.
Selection committees recommend recipients. The recommendations of APS Society-level prize or award selection committees are reviewed and approved by the APS Council of Representatives. Dissertation and unit awards are approved by the related unit or committee’s executive committee.
After selections are approved, the recipient, sponsor, co-sponsor, selection committee chair, and the unit chair and secretary receive a notification letter from the APS President. APS will announce the recipient on the APS website and other media.
APS Honors staff will notify nominators whose nominations were not selected. Depending on the rules of the award, the nomination will either be carried over to be reviewed in the next review cycle, or the nomination will expire. A nomination is typically active for three years for annual awards, and two nomination cycles for biennial awards. Some awards, particularly the LeRoy Apker Award, and many dissertation awards do not carry over.
When the next nomination cycle begins, nominators who have an active carryover nomination will receive a reminder to log in to the nomination system to review and update their nomination, if desired. If a nomination is expired, the nominator may submit a new nomination.
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.