Prizes & Awards

GMAG Student Travel Award

To increase student participation and involvement in activities essential to GMAG and the APS as a whole, GMAG will sponsor up to ten Student Travel Awards for the 2022 March Meeting. The awards will consist of $250 in travel assistance to attend the meeting. An additional $200 is available for those students at institutions outside the United States. The selected students will have lunch with a GMAG Executive Committee member and are expected to attend the GMAG business meeting. We also ask selected students to assist at the GMAG membership table and/or serve one shift at the “Contact Congress” booth to support APS outreach for congressional support for scientific research. To be eligible, students must present at the March Meeting and should submit an application, which can be downloaded here:

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Applications should be submitted by email to Clarina dela Cruz by November 24, 2021. The subject line for the email should be “GMAG Student Travel Award”.

Evaluation of the applications will be conducted by the GMAG Executive Committee. Conflict of interest situations will be handled in accordance with APS guidelines.

Outstanding Dissertation in Magnetism Awards

In order to encourage students working in magnetism, every year GMAG sponsors Outstanding Dissertation in Magnetism Awards. GMAG will present up to three dissertation awards at the next APS March Meeting. These awards will recognize students who have conducted outstanding research leading to their dissertation and will consist of an invited talk in an appropriate session at the APS March Meeting, a $500 prize to the student, and up to $250 toward his/her travel expenses to the March Meeting. The student must be in the final year before graduating with a Ph.D., and both the student and the advisor must be current members of GMAG. The deadline for nominations for the 2022 Outstanding Dissertation in Magnetism Awards is September 17, 2021.

Nominations should consist of: (i) A nominating letter, (ii) an extended abstract on the research (maximum of 3 pages, including figures and references), (iiii) the student’s CV and publication list, and (iv) contact information for the student. These nomination documents must be submitted by the student’s advisor or another senior researcher who knows the student’s work well. The nominating letter must address the following issues:

  • Quality and independence of the student’s work.
  • Student’s speaking ability.
  • Year the student began graduate school.
  • Student’s expected completion date (must be after September 1, 2021, but before September 1, 2022 to be eligible for the 2022 APS March Meeting award).
  • Assessment of the student’s future potential as a research scientist.

Nominations should be sent by email as a single PDF file to Julie Borchers by September 17, 2021. The subject line for the email should be "GMAG Student Dissertation Award." 

Evaluation of the nominations will be conducted by the GMAG Executive Committee. Conflict of interest situations will be handled in accordance with APS guidelines.

Request for Magnetism Outreach Proposals

GMAG invites proposals directed towards educating non-scientists and the general public about the role of magnetism. Funds up to $5000 per project (larger proposals may be considered) are available to cover supplies and expenses. These grants should foster new activities, and are not meant to support ongoing programs. Examples of outreach activities include (but are not limited to) the development of magnetism kits that may be used at elementary schools and/or at museums and other public places, the development of high school labs on magnetism, and the production of videos on magnetism that would appeal to the general public. Preference will be given to innovative activities that are properly documented, so that they can be reproduced elsewhere. GMAG will disseminate the outcome of the activities to the GMAG membership through the GMAG Newsletter and to the broader magnetism community through the GMAG website. For these purposes, proposers will be required to provide GMAG with appropriate material when requested. Proposers are also encouraged to consider alternate avenues for dissemination; this could include presentation of the results at an APS meeting. The GMAG Executive Committee will review proposals on an ongoing basis, strong consideration will be given to proposals received by December 1, 2021. Although partnership with a GMAG member is encouraged, all applications for projects related to outreach in magnetism will be considered. The GMAG Executive Committee can assist in identifying potential partners for outreach proposals submitted by non-members.

Application Process

To apply for these funds, please submit the following information as one PDF file to the incoming GMAG Chair Julie Borchers.

  • Cover sheet clearly stating the name, address, phone number, and email of the main contact person for your application. Include the name of your program, and, if affiliated with an institution, the department and institution you represent.
  • One-page CV for main contact person.
  • Narrative description (no more than two pages) of your program. Include a description of the proposed activity or activities, the anticipated impact and the process of documentation to enable reproduction of the activity, details of other financial support (if any), and description of personnel working on the program (instructional lab technicians, students, professors, etc.).
  • Rough budget detailing your plans for utilizing the funds. 
  • Letter of support from your department chair or similar administrative official (this can be sent separately, as long as it clearly identifies the main contact person and institution).
  • Tax ID number or Employee ID number if part of an organization, Social Security Number if an individual. For universities, the organizational tax ID number can be obtained from the grants and contracts department.

Important Information

These funds cannot be used for salaries, stipends, etc., of the main participants, but can be used to hire a student, an intern, or professional services if essential for the project. An APS statement on indirect costs is available at (http://www.aps.org/programs/outreach/upload/rfp-indirectcosts15.pdf)

Recently funded proposals include:

  • Physics Youth Scholastic and Instructing Camp for Orlando Scientists,
    Dr. Enrique Del Barco, Department of Physics, University of Central Florida.
    A week-long camp was offered to high school students in the Summer of 2017.


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.