J. J. and Noriko Sakurai Dissertation Award in Theoretical Particle Physics

This award recognizes exceptional young scientists who have performed original doctoral thesis work of outstanding scientific quality and achievement in the area of theoretical particle physics. The annual award consists of $1,500, a certificate, travel reimbursement up to $1,000, and a registration waiver to receive the award and give an invited talk at the APS April Meeting of the APS Division of Particles and Fields (DPF), or a DPF session at APS April Meeting.

Establishment & Support

The award was established in 2010 by the DPF Executive Committee with funding coming from the J.J. Sakurai Prize Fund, in recognition of the role of Noriko Sakurai in the establishment and growth of the fund.

Rules & Eligibility

Nominations will be accepted for any doctoral student studying at a college or university in the United States including their study-abroad programs, for dissertation research carried out in the field of theoretical particle physics. The work to be considered must have been completed as part of the requirements for a doctoral degree. First time nominees for the 2021 award must have passed the Ph.D. thesis defense between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020.

A candidate may be renominated once for this award in the year following their original nomination. In this case a new nomination package must be submitted.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The nomination package should include:

  1. APS Prizes and Awards nomination form (nominee’s contact information, thesis date).
  2. A full copy of the nominee's Ph.D. thesis, along with up to four publications and/or reports describing the work.
  3. A thesis summary of no more than two pages prepared by the nominee.
  4. A brief summary of the thesis suitable for distribution as the basis of an article in the popular press.
  5. A complete curriculum vitae of the nominee, including a list of publications.
  6. A letter from the thesis advisor stating (a) the date of the thesis defense and the date the final thesis document was presented to the graduate school, (b) the names of those who will be writing letters supporting the nomination, (c) the role of the nominee in writing any parts of the thesis that have been published or submitted for publication (please identify these parts of the thesis), and (d) the specific contributions of the nominee, making comparisons with others.
  7. At least two letters supporting the nomination.
  8. Demographics form (if known/wish to specify age, gender, race, and ethnicity of the nominee)

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

2021 Selection Committee Members: Laura Reina (Chair), Gary Shiu (Vice-Chair), Graham Kribs, Linda Carpenter, Hitoshi Murayama (advisor of 2020 winner)

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.

2020 Recipient

Katelin Schutz
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Past Recipients

2019: Nicholas L. Rodd
2018: Grant Newton Remmen
2017: Ian Moult
2016: Yonatan F. Kahn
2015: Mikhail P. Solon
2014: Roberto Vega-Morales
2013: David Sanford
2012: Andre Lessa