Excellence in Physics Education Award

To recognize and honor a team or group of individuals (such as a collaboration) or, exceptionally, a single individual, who have exhibited a sustained commitment to excellence in physics education. The award, presented annually, consists of a $5,000 monetary award, a certificate citing the achievements of the group or individual, and an allowance for travel expenses to the APS April Meeting where the award is presented.

Establishment & Support

This award was established in 2006 and endowed with support from the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, Vernier Software, WebAssign, Physics Academic Software, PASCO Scientific, General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation and numerous individual contributions.

Rules & Eligibility

A commitment to excellence in physics education may be evidenced by, but is not restricted to, such accomplishments as:

  • The development of instructional materials, curriculum, or pedagogy  that has had a major ongoing influence on physics education beyond a single institution.
  • Sustained excellence in the preparation and/or professional development of secondary school science teachers.
  • Long-lasting professional service related to physics education that has had a demonstrated positive impact beyond a single institution.
  • Development of a national network that has had a demonstrated positive impact on physics education.
  • The development of a model program for educational outreach that has had demonstrated success and has been emulated beyond a single institution.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Monday, June 3, 2019

The nomination 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.

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

2020 Selection Committee Members: Paula Heron (Chair), Stamatis Vokos, Jennifer Docktor (Vice-Chair), Steve Pollock ('19 Recipient), Adrienne Traxler, Larry Woolf

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

2019 Recipients

Laurie S. Langdon
University of Colorado, Boulder

Richard McCray
University of Colorado, Boulder

Steven Iona
University of Colorado, Boulder, University of Denver

Steven Pollock
University of Colorado, Boulder

Valerie K. Otero
University of Colorado, Boulder

Past Recipients

2018: Ariel Paul
          Carl Wieman
          Emily B. Moore
          Kathy Perkins
          Michael Dubson
          Sam Reid
          Wendy K. Adams
2017: Contemporary Physics Education Project (Howard Matis)
2016: Robert John Beichner
2015: Edward F. Redish
2014: High School Modeling Instruction
2013: Gary Gladding
          Mats Selen
          Timothy Stelzer
2011: Physics Teaching Resource Agents
2010: Activity Based Physics Group
2009: Two Year College Workshop Team
2008: University of Washington Physics Education Group
2007: Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC) and Implementers