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To recognize outstanding early-career research in atomic, molecular, and optical physics. The prize consists of $10,000 and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient. An allowance will be provided for travel expenses of the recipient to the Society meeting at which the prize is presented. It is awarded in odd-numbered years.
The prize was endowed in 1989 by family, friends, and colleagues of I. I. Rabi.
Nominations are open to scientists of all nationalities regardless of the geographical location at which the work was done. The prize shall ordinarily be awarded to one person but may be shared when all recipients have contributed to the same accomplishment. Nominations are active for three years.
Deadline: Wednesday, June 1, 2022
The nomination package must include:
In addition, the nomination should include:
There may be additional requirements for particular prizes and awards. Please read the rules carefully.
To start a new or update a continuing nomination, please see the Prize & Award Nomination Guidelines.
2021 Selection Committee Member: Wendell Hill (Chair), Anne Marie March, Andrew Wilson, Seth Aubin, Kang-Kuen Ni (2019 recipient)
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.