To encourage activity and excellence in medical physics research, GMED awards up to two Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Medical Physics Awards on an annual basis. These awards will be presented at the APS March or April Meeting, and recognize students who have conducted outstanding dissertation research. Awardees will present an invited talk at the APS March or April Meeting, and receive both a $500 prize and up to $250 towards travel expenses for in-person attendance at that meeting. The student must be in the final year of his or her Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) program, and both the student and his or her advisor must be current members of GMED.
Nomination packages will consist of a nominating letter, often provided by the student's doctoral advisor, an extended abstract of the thesis (approximately 3 pages, including figures and references), and the nominee's full CV and publications list. These documents are to be submitted by the student’s advisor or another senior scientist who is closely familiar with the student's work.
The nominating letter should address the following regarding the student:
- Quality and independence of the work
- Assessment of potential as a research scientist
- Oral presentation ability
- Date of successful thesis defense: Anytime from June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2021
Nominations should be submitted in a single PDF file to Robert Jeraj, Past-president of APS GMED, by July 15, 2021. "GMED Student Dissertation Award Nomination" should be indicated in the subject line of the email.
Evaluation of the nominations will be conducted by the GMED Executive Committee. Conflicts of interest will be handled in accordance with APS guidelines.