Henry Primakoff Award for Early-Career Particle Physics

To recognize outstanding contributions made by physicists who are just beginning their careers, and to help promote the careers of exceptionally promising young physicists. The prize is given annually and will consist of $3,000 and a certificate citing the contributions of the recipient, plus an allowance for travel to an APS meeting to receive the award and deliver an invited lecture.

Establishment & Support

The APS Division of Particles and Fields (DPF) established the award in 2011. The award is endowed by the Henry Primakoff Lecture Fund, created by members of the physics department at the University of Pennsylvania, where Henry Primakoff was a professor.

Rules & Eligibility

This award recognizes outstanding elementary particle physics research performed by a physicist who must have obtained their Ph.D. within seven years of the current nomination deadline, plus any career breaks. The research recognized could either be a single piece of work, or the sum of contributions.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Wednesday, May 15, 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, including date of Ph.D.
  • A list of the most important publications.
  • At least two, but not more than four, seconding letters.
  • Up to five reprints and preprints.

Nominations remain active for three years, and can be updated every year.

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

2020 Selection Committee Members: Doreen Wackeroth (Chair), Hooman Davoudiasl (Vice-Chair), Nhan Tran ('19 Recipient), Sekhar Chivukula, Donna Naples, Jianming Qian


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.

2020 Recipient

Matt Pyle
University of California, Berkeley

Matt Pyle



Past Recipients

2019: Nhan Tran
2018: Eric Dahl
2017: Tracy R. Slatyer
2016: Stefan Hoeche
2015: Rouven Essig
2014: Daniel A. Dwyer
2013: Teppei Katori
2012: Daniel Jafferis