John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research

To recognize a particular recent outstanding achievement in plasma physics research. The award consists of $5,000 to be divided equally in the case of multiple recipients, and includes a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient or recipients, and an allowance for registration and travel to the Division of Plasma Physics Annual Meeting. It will be awarded annually.

Prior to 2007, this award was originally named Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics.

Establishment & Support

This award was established in 1981 with support from friends of the Division of Plasma Physics. Since 2007, UCLA has provided generous funding made possible through donations from family, friends and colleagues of John Dawson.

Rules & Eligibility

Nominations are open to scientists of all nationalities regardless of the geographical site at which the work was done. It may be a given to a set of individuals as well as to individual scientists, as appropriate, to honor those who make essential contributions to the cited research achievement. Nominations are active for three years.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Thursday, April 1, 2021

The nomination package 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.
  • A list of the most important publications.
  • At least two, but not more than four, seconding letters.
  • Up to five reprints or preprints.

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

2020 Selection Committee Members: Ahmed Diallo (Chair), Willliam Farmer (Vice Chair), Donald Lamb (2019 recipient), Radha Bahukutumbi, Truell Hyde

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.