Message to members of the APS Division of Materials Physics
Approved by Robert Nemanich, DMP Secretary/Treasurer

The DMP encourages nominations for the Maria Goeppert Mayer Award. The purpose of this APS award is to recognize and enhance outstanding achievement by a woman physicist in the early years of her career, and to provide opportunities for her to present these achievements to others through public lectures in the spirit of Maria Goeppert Mayer. The award consists of $2,500 plus a $4,000 travel allowance to provide opportunities for the recipient to give lectures in her field of physics at four institutions and at the meeting of the Society at which the award is bestowed and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient. The award is presented annually.


The deadline for nominations is July 1, 2015.


Nomination and Selection Process:


This award is to be given to a woman during the early years of her career, not later than ten years after the granting of the Ph.D. degree, for scientific achievements that demonstrate her potential as an outstanding physicist. The lectures must be given at institutions within the United States or its possessions within two years after the award is made. Nominations are active for three years. The nominee must not have received her PhD earlier than ten years prior to the nomination deadline.


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.


The nomination package includes: 

  1. A letter of not more than 5,000 characters evaluating the nominee’s qualifications.

  2. A biographical sketch.

  3. A list of the most important publications.

  4. At least two, but not more than four, seconding letters.

  5. Up to five reprints or preprints.

The package must be submitted electronically via the APS nomination portal.


Selection Committee Members: Kerstin Nordstrom, Chair (; Lawrence Pinsky; Gretchen Campbell; Pearl Sandick; Jennie Traschen

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