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Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society

Awards

The NPSS awards can be given to nominees who are in any of the technical fields of the NPSS. The deadline for receiving nominations for most of these Awards is January 31 of each year. All nomination forms and supporting materials must be received by this deadline to be considered.

NPSS Merit Award

NPSS Merit Award

Description: To recognize outstanding technical contributions to the fields of Nuclear and Plasma Sciences.

Prize: $5,000, Plaque, and Certificate

Funding: Funded by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.

Eligibility: Any individual who has made technical contributions to the fields of Nuclear and Plasma Sciences.

Basis for Judging: Selection criteria, in order of importance are:

  1. importance of individual technical contributions;
  2. importance of technical contributions made by teams led by the candidate;
  3. quality and significance of publications and patents;
  4. years of technical distinction;
  5. leadership and service within the fields of nuclear and plasma sciences and related disciplines.

Nominations are limited to 8 pages in length.

Presentation: Award presented at Nuclear Science Symposium or another NPSS sponsored meeting chosen by the nominee.

Frequency: One award presented annually.

Nominations: SUBMIT BY JANUARY 31 each year to the Awards Chair

Click here to view past Merit Award recipients and their citations.

NPSS_Merit_Award.doc

NPSS_Merit_Award.pdf

NPSS Richard F. Shea Distinguished Member Award


NPSS Richard F. Shea Distinguished Member Award


Description: To recognize outstanding contributions through leadership and service to the NPSS and to the fields of Nuclear and Plasma Sciences.

Prize: $5,000, Plaque, and Certificate

Funding: Funded by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.

Eligibility: Any member of the IEEE and NPSS who has contributed to the fields of nuclear and plasma sciences through and service.

Basis for Judging: Selection criteria are:

  1. leadership roles and leadership quality;
  2. innovative and important contributions to Society activities;
  3. service and dedication to the NPSS;
  4. technical achievements.

Nominations are limited to 8 pages in length.

Presentation: Presented at the Nuclear Science Symposium.

Frequency: One award presented annually.

Nominations: SUBMIT BY JANUARY 31 each year to the Awards Chair

Click here to view past Richard F. Shea Distinguished Member Award recipients and their citations.

NPSS_Shea_Award.doc

NPSS_Shea_Award.pdf

NPSS Early Achievement Award


NPSS Early Achievement Award


Description: To recognize outstanding contributions to any of the fields making up Nuclear and Plasma Sciences, within the first ten (10) years of an individual’s career.

Prize: $3,000, Plaque, and Certificate

Funding: Funded by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.

Eligibility: Member of the IEEE NPSS who at the time of the nomination is within the first ten (10) years of his or her career within the field of interest of NPSS.

Basis for Judging: Three (3) letters of recommendation, publications and/or reports, patents, etc. which demonstrate outstanding contributions early in the nominee’s career. Nominations are limited to 8 pages in length.

Presentation: At any major NPSS sponsored conference chosen by the Awardee.

Frequency: One award presented annually.

Nominations: SUBMIT BY JANUARY 31 each year to the Awards Chair

Click here to view past Early Achievement Award recipients and their citations.

NPSS_Early_Achievement_Award.doc

NPSS_Early_Achievement_Award.pdf

NPSS Graduate Scholarship Award


NPSS Graduate Scholarship Award


Description: To recognize contributions to the fields of Nuclear and Plasma Sciences.

Prize: $1500, Certificate, and one-year paid membership in the NPSS.

Funding: Funded by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.

Eligibility: Any graduate student in the fields of Nuclear and Plasma Sciences.

Basis for Judging: Evidence of scholarship such as academic record, reports, presentations, publications, research plans, related projects and related work experience. Participation in IEEE activities through presentations, publications, student Chapter involvement, etc., will also be considered. Nominations limited to 8 pages in length.

Presentation: Check and certificates sent to nominator to be presented at a special occasion at the winner’s institution.

Frequency: Up to four (4) awards presented annually.

Nominations: SUBMIT BY JANUARY 31 each year to the Awards Chair

NPSS_Graduate_Scholarship_Award.doc

NPSS_Graduate_Scholarship_Award.pdf

NPSS Charles K. Birdsall Award for Contributions to Computational Nuclear and Plasma Sciences

NPSS Charles K. Birdsall Award for Contributions to Computational Nuclear and Plasma Sciences

Description: For outstanding contributions in computational nuclear and plasma science, with preference given to areas within the broadest scope of plasma physics encompassing the interaction of charged particles and electromagnetic fields.

Prize: $2000 and a plaque. Multiple recipients are not allowed.

Funding: By the IEEE Foundation though a gift from Ginger Birdsall and the Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.

Eligibility: All members in good standing of the IEEE NPSS are eligible.

Basis for Judging: Judging will be based on outstanding contributions to computational nuclear and plasma science, with preference given to areas within the broadest scope of plasma physics encompassing the interaction of charged particles and electromagnetic fields.

Presentation: At an IEEE NPSS conference specified by the recipient.

Frequency: Annual. However, if the Awards Committee determines that there is no suitable candidate in a given year, no award will be given that year.

Nominations: SUBMIT BY JANUARY 31 OF EACH YEAR to the Chair of the NPSS Awards Committee.

Click here to view past Birdsall Award recipients and their citations.

NPSS_Birdsall_Award.doc

NPSS_Birdsall_Award.pdf

NPSS Ronald J. Jaszczak Graduate Award

NPSS Ronald J. Jaszczak Graduate Award

Description: Recognizes and enables an outstanding graduate student enrolled in an accredited Ph.D. curriculum, Post-doctoral Fellow or Ph.D. level Research Associate in the field of nuclear and medical imaging sciences to advance his/her research activities.

Prize: Support for three (3) consecutive years to one individual recipient for expenses as follows:

  • Up to a maximum of U.S. $5,000 per year for three (3) consecutive years. The prize may be used to support:
    • attendance at appropriate scientific workshops,
    • visit appropriate colleague research laboratories,
    • travel to make presentations during the annual IEEE NPSS Medical Imaging Conference (MIC) or IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium (NSS),
    • annual IEEE and NPSS membership fees
    • purchase of appropriate specialized research publications, software or hardware when traditional institutional or grant support is unavailable.
  • Renewal of the Award for awardees for years two and three shall be conditional upon the demonstration of appropriate yearly progress as determined by the NPSS Selection Committee, NPSS Awards Committee and NPSS AdCom.
  • At the time of the initial award period, a plaque designating the individual as the recipient of the IEEE Ronald J. Jaszczak Award.

Funding: By the IEEE Foundation though a gift from Ronald Jaszczak and the Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.

Eligibility: Award nominee must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be 29 years of age or younger at the date that the application form is submitted
  • Be a second year graduate student that has completed at least one year of graduate studies at an accredited U.S. university and is working to obtain a Ph.D. degree or
  • Be a Post-doctoral Fellow or Ph.D. level Research Associate at an accredited U.S. University
  • Be actively engaged in Engineering or Physics research related to the field of Nuclear and Medical Imaging Sciences
  • Not be a “distant-learning” or “on-line” Ph.D. degree student, Post-doctoral Fellow or Ph.D. level Research Associate
  • Consideration shall be given to NPSS members and student members.
  • Preference will be given to nominees of Western Slavic heritage that use the Latin alphabet, for example, Polish-American, Czech-American, Croatian – American, Slovak-American, Slovenian-American.

No relatives of current members of the IEEE Board of Directors, the IEEE NPSS Administrative Committee (AdCom) or IEEE staff may be nominees or nominate or endorse nominees for this Award.

The donor and his family may not be nominees, nominate or endorse nominees for this Award.

Basis for Judging:

  • Demonstrated contribution to the field of nuclear and medical imaging sciences via quality of scientific publications, proposed innovative nuclear medical imaging approaches (including hardware or software technologies), patents and/or high-quality recognition of the nominee’s scientific and engineering skills by her or his colleagues
  • Potential leadership skills
  • Potential to serve as role model for other Ph.D. level graduate students, or Post-doctoral Fellows or Ph.D. level Research Associate.

Presentation: October-November (initial recipient-award year or following year only): Assuming that recipient will attend NSS/MIC meetings; presentation to recipient of the Award and Plaque will be made at those meetings. If recipient will not plan to attend these meetings, then there will not be a formal presentation.

Frequency: One award every three years. However, if the Award Committee determines that there is no suitable candidate in a given year, no award will be given that year.

Nominations: SUBMIT BY FEBRUARY 1 OF EACH YEAR to the Chair of the Ronald J. Jaszczak Graduate Award Committee.

Click here to view past Jaszczak Award recipients and their citations.

NPSS_Jaszczak_Graduate_Award_Form.doc

NPSS_Jaszczak_Graduate_Award_Form.pdf

IEEE Glenn F. Knoll Post Doctoral Educational Grant

IEEE Glenn F. Knoll Post Doctoral Educational Grant

Description: For outstanding post doctoral researchers in the field of nuclear science instrumentation, medical instrumentation, or instrumentation for security applications. The grant is intended to support travel and attendance to conferences, workshops or summer schools, or special research projects.

Prize:  $5000 and plaque. Multiple recipients are not allowed.

Funding: By the IEEE Foundation through gifts from Gladys H. Knoll and Valentin T. Jordanov, and funds provided by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.

Eligibility: Any post doctoral researcher who is a member in good standing of the IEEE and NPSS and is within 10 years of having received their doctoral degree.

Basis for Judging: Judging will be based on the accomplishments of the candidate in their field of study and will include number of publications, talks and presentations at conferences, other awards and recognitions, quality of research and potential for future accomplishment. Up to three letters of recommendation may also be submitted with the nomination that will be used in the selection process.

Presentation:  At an IEEE NPSS conference mutually agreed upon by the recipient and NPSS.

Frequency:  Annual.  However, if the Awards Committee determines that there is no suitable candidate in a given year, no grant will be given that year.

Nominations: SUBMIT BY JANUARY 31 OF EACH YEAR to the Chair of the NPSS Awards Committee.

NPSS Glenn Knoll Postdoctoral Education Grant Nomination Form.docx

NPSS Glenn Knoll Postdoctoral Education Grant Nomination Form.pdf

IEEE Glenn F. Knoll Graduate Educational Grant

IEEE Glenn F. Knoll Graduate Educational Grant

Description: For outstanding graduate students in the field of nuclear science instrumentation, medical instrumentation, or instrumentation for security applications. The grant is intended to support travel and attendance to conferences, workshops or summer schools, or special research projects.

Prize:  $5000 and plaque. Multiple recipients are not allowed.

Funding: By the IEEE Foundation through gifts from Gladys H. Knoll and Valentin T. Jordanov, and funds provided by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.

Eligibility: Any graduate student who is a member in good standing of the IEEE and NPSS.

Basis for Judging: Judging will be based on the accomplishments of the candidate in their field of study and will include number of publications, talks and presentations at conferences, other awards and recognitions, quality of research and potential for future accomplishment. Up to three letters of recommendation may also be submitted with the nomination that will be used in the selection process.

Presentation:  At an IEEE NPSS conference mutually agreed upon by the recipient and NPSS.

Frequency:  Annual.  However, if the Awards Committee determines that there is no suitable candidate in a given year, no grant will be given that year.

Nominations: SUBMIT BY JANUARY 31 OF EACH YEAR to the Chair of the NPSS Awards Committee.

NPSS Glenn Knoll Graduate Education Grant Nomination Form.docx

NPSS Glenn Knoll Graduate Education Grant Nomination Form.pdf

NPSS Women in Engineering Leadership Development Travel Grant

NPSS Women in Engineering Leadership Development Travel Grant

Description: To provide leading-edge professional development for women who are in mid-level to senior phases of their careers.

Grant: One awardee per year will receive a certificate and be reimbursed for expenses associated with traveling to and participating in the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (WIE ILC) up to a maximum of $3,000.

Funding: By the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.

Eligibility: Eligible nominees must be women who are in mid-level to senior phases of their careers who are members of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society and whose prior technical accomplishments and future potential earmark them as current and future leaders in the field of nuclear and plasma sciences and as role models for future generations of women in the field. Mid-level and senior is defined as no less than 10 years of experience in the nuclear and plasma sciences field after obtaining the highest degree (Bachelor; Master; PhD). Nominees must be able to attend the WIE ILC in the year of the travel grant call. Preference shall be given to applicants who are also members of the IEEE Women in Engineering.

Basis for Judging: Selection criteria are:

  1. leadership roles and leadership quality;
  2. technical achievements;
  3. mentoring and outreach activities in areas related to recruitment and retention of women in STEM careers.

Nominations are limited to 5 pages in length.

Presentation: Presented at the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences sponsored conference chosen by the awardee.

Frequency: One award given annually.

Nominations: SUBMIT BY JANUARY 31 each year to the NPSS Awards Chair.

NPSS WIE Leadership Development Travel Grant Application Form

NPSS WIE Leadership Development Travel Grant Application Form

Submission of NPSS Awards

The Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society has instituted an electronic submission process for the NPSS Awards.

All forms for an Awards submission should be prepared as PDF files. It is preferred that a single file be used to contain all award submission material, though multiple PDF files can be used. All file names should begin with the last name of the awardee. Once all of the forms and letters of support have been prepared, they should be uploaded to the awards site using the following link.

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Once the files have been uploaded, send an email notification to the Awards chair: Craig Woody woody@bnl.gov