Dissertation Award in Hadronic Physics

This award recognizes outstanding early-career scientists who have performed original research in the area of hadronic physics.

The APS Topical Group on Hadronic Physics presents the award annually, consisting of $1,500, a certificate, up to $1,500 in travel reimbursement, and a registration waiver to receive the award and give an invited talk at the biennial meeting of the Topical Group on Hadronic Physics.

Establishment & Support

This award was established in 2011 with support from Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (the management contractor for Jefferson Lab), Brookhaven National Laboratory, Universities Research Association(the management contractor for Fermi National Accelerator Lab), and the members and friends of the Topical Group on Hadronic Physics. The award was permanently endowed in 2021 with the support of the Center for Frontiers in Nuclear Science  and additional support from the friends of this Topical Group.

Rules & Eligibility

In order to be eligible candidates must have received a Ph.D. in experimental or theoretical hadronic physics. The Ph.D. degree must have been awarded within a two-year period ending the day before nominations are due. Candidates receiving a dissertation award from other APS units are ineligible for the Dissertation Award in Hadronic Physics. Nominations will be considered for two review cycles provided the nominator re-certifies the nomination and continues to meet this criteria before the next deadline.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Thursday, August 1, 2024

Nominations must include:

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

  2. The name and address of the candidate;

  3. A statement of the candidate's contribution to the research;

  4. A letter of support from the candidate's Ph.D. dissertation advisor;

  5. Two additional letters of support from physicists familiar with the candidate and the research;

  6. A copy of the candidate's dissertation.

The nominations will be evaluated based on: the quality of the written dissertation, the contribution of the student to the research, the impact of the work, and the broader involvement of the student in the community.

To submit a nomination, please see the Prize & Award Nomination Guidelines.

2023 Selection Committee Members: Julia Velkovska (chair), Dave Gaskell (co-chair), Renee Fatemi, Charles Gale, Yuri Kovchegov, Misak Sargsian


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.

2024 Recipient

Blair Seidlitz
Columbia University

Past Recipients

2023: Glòria Montaña Faiget
2022: Davide Giusti
2021: Weizhi Xiong
2019: Jacob J. Ethier
2017: Phiala Shanahan
2015: Daniel Pitonyak
2013: Jin Huang