Prizes & Awards

Frank J. Padden Jr. Award

The Frank J. Padden, Jr. Award, consisting of a certificate and appropriate recognition, honors a graduate student for "Excellence in Polymer Physics Research.


UKPPG/DPOLY Polymer Lecture Exchange

To recognize research excellence and promise by polymer physicists just beginning their independent careers


APS Prizes & Awards in the area of Polymer Physics

John H. Dillon Medal

To recognize outstanding research accomplishments by young polymer physicists who have demonstrated exceptional research promise early in their careers.


Polymer Physics Prize

To recognize outstanding accomplishment and excellence of contributions in polymer physics research.


Student and Postdoc Poster Awards

For three winners among DPOLY’s student and postdoctoral poster presenters.


Nomination Rules

John H. Dillion Medal

Eligibility: The nominees must disclose both the year and month of their Ph.D. Dissertation defense in their nomination package (CV). Only candidates who have defended their Ph.D. less than 12 months ago by the time of the nomination, which is June 1st of each nomination year, are eligible. For instance, when nominated in the year 2020, the candidate must have defended their Ph.D. on or after May 31, 2008.
Letters of support: Personnel with individual COI cannot write supporting letters. Examples include (1) spouse or family member, (2) business of professional partner, (3) collaborator/co-author/co-PI within the past 48 months, (4) co-editor within the past 24 months.
DPOLY rules: For each award or prize, the APS allows only one letter of support (nominating or supporting) written by an individual per person per year.

Polymer Physics Prize

Letters of support: Personnel with individual COI cannot write supporting letters. Examples include (1) spouse or family member, (2) business of professional partner, (3) collaborator/co-author/co-PI within the past 48 months, (4) co-editor within the past 24 months.
DPOLY rules: For each award or prize, the APS allows only one letter of support (nominating or supporting) written by an individual per person per year.

APS Fellowship

Letters of support: Personnel with individual COI cannot write supporting letters. Examples include (1) spouse or family member, (2) business of professional partner, (3) collaborator/co-author/co-PI within the past 48 months, (4) co-editor within the past 24 months.
DPOLY rules: The APS does not restrict the number of letters of support (nominating or supporting) written by an individual per person per year. However, the DPOLY recommends that each letter writer supplies only one letter (nominating or supporting) per fellowship candidate per year.