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To recognize doctoral research in laser science and encourages the effective written and oral presentation of research results. The award consists of $1,000 and a certificate citing the contribution made by the recipient. The finalists will present their work at a special session of the Laser Science conference.
This award was established in 2013 by the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Laser Science (DLS) and endowed by Charlotte Anderson in 2015 in memory of her husband Carl E. Anderson.
Doctoral students at any university in the United States or abroad who have completed all requirements for completion of their Ph.D. any time during the three calendar years preceding the application deadline and who are members of DLS are eligible for the award. A student may be a finalist in the competition only once. Eligible non-finalists from prior years may re-apply by submitting a nomination package. Previous nomination packages will not be automatically reconsidered in the following year, so a nomination must be submitted each year for consideration.
The research recognized by this dissertation award may include basic research, research with industrial applications, or both. Industrial applications were the primary interest of Carl E. Anderson. The topic must be appropriate for DLS—a novel application of the light-matter interaction, broadly construed. This may encompass emerging new optical techniques for science, the science uncovered by new laser capabilities, and the physics of coherent light sources.
Deadline: Tuesday, June 1, 2021
All nomination materials will be treated confidentially and viewed only by the Selection Committee. Any individual may submit at most one nominating or seconding letter in any given year. The finalists will be chosen by the Dissertation Award Selection Committee based on the quality of the research and the written presentation. The finalists will present their Ph.D. thesis work at a special Dissertation Award Session of the Laser Science meeting. It is important that the final presentations are restricted to work carried out during their Ph.D. research. After consideration of the oral presentations, the Selection Committee will choose the recipient of the award. A $750 travel stipend will be provided to all finalists.
Applicants for the thesis prize competition may also submit an abstract for a regular contributed talk to the Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science conference (http://www.frontiersinoptics.com/), however any other contributed or invited talks are distinct from the invited talks given in the finalist session. The above material must still be submitted online by the application deadline.
2020 Selection Committee Members: Brian Washburn (Chair), Sue Dexheimer, Anne Kelley
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, 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.