# Deborah Jin Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Atomic, Molecular, or Optical Physics

This award recognizes doctoral thesis research of outstanding quality and achievement in atomic, molecular, or optical physics and encourages effective written and oral presentation of research results. The annual award is presented to one individual and consists of a $2,500 stipend and a certificate. Finalists are invited to present their research at the annual DAMOP Meeting. All finalists will be reimbursed up to$1,000 for travel expenses.

From left to right: Joseph Thom (M-Squared Lasers), Matt Eiles (finalist, Purdue University), Chiao-Hsuan Wang (finalist, University of Maryland), Alp Sipahigil (finalist, Harvard University), Ivan Kozyryev (winner, Harvard University), Josh Atkinson (M-Squared Lasers).

## Establishment & Support

This award was established in 1992 by the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (DAMOP) as the Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Atomic, Molecular, or Optical Physics, with support from members and friends of DAMOP. In 2015, the award was endowed by M Squared Lasers. DAMOP launched a supplemental campaign in 2016 to recognize Deborah Jin’s contributions to physics by establishing the Deborah Jin Memorial Endowment. Upon achieving and exceeding the goal through the generosity of Deborah Jin’s colleagues, family, and friends, DAMOP renamed the award in her honor. The income from this endowment will supplement travel for finalists and provide new funding to enable students to attend the annual DAMOP Meeting, with an emphasis on enhancing the diversity of student attendees.

## Rules & Eligibility

• Doctoral students who have passed their thesis defense for the Ph.D. in the disciplines of atomic, molecular, or optical physics during the two calendar years prior to the award year are eligible. For example, a person who passed their Ph.D. thesis defense in either 2018 or 2019 is eligible for the 2020 award.
• A student who has won a thesis prize in another APS unit is not eligible for an award.
• The student's thesis advisor nominates the student, and must be a member of the APS and DAMOP.
• A person, other than a member of the committee making the selection, may submit one nomination or seconding letter in any given year.
• A student may be a finalist in this competition only once.
• Eligible non-finalists may be renominated. Nominations from the previous year do not rollover. Nominators should submit a new nomination in a subsequent year, although the nomination package can contain the same material.

## Nomination & Selection Process

Please note nominations for the 2022 award will be accepted until January 15. Nominations for the 2023 award will be accepted at a later time.

The nomination package consists of the following materials:

1. APS Prizes and Awards nomination form (nominee’s contact information, thesis defense date and suggested citation).

2. Nominator information form (nominator’s name, affiliation and contact information).

3. A nomination letter from the thesis advisor citing the specific contributions of the nominee and the significance of those contributions. The thesis advisor must be a member of the APS and DAMOP prior to submitting a nomination.

4. A letter from the department chair certifying the Ph.D. defense date. The defense date must occur in the two calendar years prior to the calendar year of the DAMOP meeting.

5. At least two, but no more than four letters of support seconding the nomination.

6. A manuscript prepared by the nominee describing the thesis research; the manuscript may not exceed 1,500 words (excluding figures and references).

7. An abstract prepared by the nominee that is suitable for publication in the DAMOP Bulletin; the abstract may not exceed 1,300 characters. The name of the thesis supervisor and the graduate institution indicated in a footnote.

8. A copy of the candidate's curriculum vitae.

9. Demographics form (if known/wish to specify age, gender, race, and ethnicity of the nominee)

To submit a nomination, please see the nomination guidelines.

2022 Deborah Jin Award Finalists: TBD

2022 Selection Committee Members: Monika Schleier-Smith, Chair, Tanya Zelevinsky, Wes Campbell, Albert Stolow, Hossein Sadeghpour

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.

## 2021 Recipient

Loïc Anderegg
Harvard University

## Past Recipients

2020: Christie Chiu
2019: Ivan Kozyryev
2018: Rivka Bekenstein
2017: Mickey McDonald
2015: Norman Yao
2014: Thibault Peyronel
2013: Michael Foss-Feig
Yaroslav Dudin
2012: Waseem Bakr
2011: Elmar Haller
2010: Kang-Kuen Ni
2009: Andrew Ludlow
Javier von Stecher
2008: David Moehring
2007: Cindy Regal
2006: Brian Odom
2005: Ana Mar√≠a Rey
2004: James Thompson
Markus Greiner
2003: Daniel Steck
2002: Brian DeMarco
2001: Thomas Weinacht
2000: Dan M. Stamper-Kurn
1999: Brett Esry
Jens U. Noeckel
1998: Christopher S. Wood
1997: Barry C. Walker
Paul A. Vetter
1996: Aephraim M. Steinberg
1995: Brian Lemoff
1994: Dmitry Budker
1993: M. A. Kasevich