John H. Dillon Medal

To recognize outstanding research accomplishments by young polymer physicists who have demonstrated exceptional research promise early in their careers. Recognition consists of $2,000, up to $1,000 allowance for travel to the meeting of the Society at which the award is being presented, a bronze medallion, and a certificate citing the accomplishments of the recipient. It will be presented annually.

Establishment & Support

The medal was established in 1983 by The American Physical Society and the Division of Polymer Physics (DPOLY). Beginning in 1997, sponsorship of the medal was assumed by Elsevier, Oxford, UK., publishers of the journal, Polymer.

Rules & Eligibility

The medal will be awarded to one person for outstanding accomplishment and unusual promise in research in polymer physics. Nominees who received their terminal degree (e.g. PhD) less than 12 years before the nomination deadline are eligible. Nominations are active for up three years.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Monday, June 15, 2020

The nomination package must include:

  • A letter of not more than 5,000 characters evaluating the qualifications of the nominee(s).

In addition, the nomination should include:

  • A biographical sketch.
  • A list of the most important publications.
  • At least two, but not more than four, seconding letters.
  • Up to five reprints or preprints.

There may be additional requirements for particular prizes and awards. Please read the rules carefully.

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

DPOLY executive committee will solicit and review the application packages for the John H. Dillon medal and recommend a candidate to the APS.

2021 Selection Committee Members: Amalie L Frischknecht (Chair), Thomas H Epps, III, Zahra Fakhraai, Jan Genzer, Steven David Hudson, Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Mahesh Mahanthappa, Murugappan Muthukumar, Alan I Nakatani, Thomas C O'Connor


Serving a diverse and inclusive community of physicists worldwide is a primary goal for APS. Nominations of qualified women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and scientists from outside the United States are especially encouraged.

Nominees and award and office holders 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.