Honors

Prizes & Awards

Howard Maxwell Award

The Howard Maxwell Award for Distinguished Service to the Ohio-Region Section of the American Physical Society is presented to those members of the Section who have rendered outstanding service to the Section. It is named in honor of Howard Maxwell of Ohio Wesleyan University who rendered nearly two decades of such service.

Past Recipients

  • Howard Maxwell, Ohio Wesleyan University, Spring 1979
  • Wave Shaffer, Ohio State University, Spring 1983
  • Charles Randall, Ohio University, Fall 1984
  • Thomas Dillman, Denison University, Spring 1985
  • Samuel Wheeler, Denison University, Spring 1985
  • John Eichelberger, Monsanto Mounds Labs, Fall 1987
  • Leonard Jossem, Ohio State University, Fall 1987
  • Cy Rutledge, Mead Corporation, Fall 1994
  • Charles Wilson, University of Akron, Spring 1997
  • Paul Hagelberg, Wittenberg University, Spring 2000
  • Mike Mickelson, Denison University, Fall 2001
  • Ron Tabak, Youngstown State University, Spring 2002
  • Bunny Clark, Ohio State University, Fall 2002
  • Gordon Aubrecht, Ohio State University Marion, Spring 2004
  • Bruce Craver, University of Dayton, Fall 2008
  • Paul Sholter, Miami University, Fall 2008
  • Barbara Andereck, Ohio Wesleyan University, Fall 2009
  • Roger Rollins, Ohio University, Fall 2009
  • Klaus Fritsch, John Carroll University, Spring 2011
  • Fred Trexler, Spring Arbor University, Spring 2018

William Fowler Award

The William Fowler Award for Distinguished Research in Physics is to honor those members of the Society with appreciable connections to the State of Ohio at some time in their life, who have done outstanding research in physics. It is named in honor of William Fowler who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1983 for his work on stellar nucleosynthesis.

Past Recipients

  • William Fowler, Caltech, Spring 1986
  • Leslie Foldy, University of Toledo, Fall 1989
  • Clifford Heer, Ohio State University, Fall 1990
  • K. Narahari Rao, Ohio State University, Spring 1993
  • Bunny Clark, Ohio State University, Fall 1999
  • Donald Reynolds, Air Force Research Labs (WPAFB), Fall 1999
  • Ron Winters, Denison University, Fall 2002
  • Phil Taylor, Case Western Reserve University, Fall 2003
  • Arthur Epstein, Ohio State University, Spring 2004
  • Gary Steigman, Ohio State University, Spring 2004
  • Ernst von Meerwall, University of Akron, Spring 2011
  • Howard Jackson, University of Cincinnati, Spring 2012
  • Robert Brown, Case Western Reserve University, Spring 2014
  • David Look, Wright State University, Spring 2014
  • Eric Baer, Case Western Reserve University, Fall 2015
  • Robert W. Collins, The University of Toledo, Fall 2018

Doc Brown Young Investigator Award

Doc Brown Young Investigator Award is bestowed once yearly at the spring meeting to young faculty. Awardees will receive a cash prize and a section commendation for outstanding research. The award is named in honor of Robert Brown. Nominees for the Doc Brown Young Investigator Award must simultaneously satisfy all of the following conditions:

  1. Nominee must be a PhD lecturer or tenure track faculty.
  2. Nominee must be within any pretenure period working at an institution in the OSAPS region.
  3. Nominee must have at least one refereed publication with undergraduate co-authors from their present institution.
  4. Nominee must be nominated by their department chair.
  5. Nominee must be present at the OSAPS meeting where the prize is to be given.

Past Recipients

The Doc Brown Graduate Student Research Poster Award

The Doc Brown Graduate Student Research Poster Award is given to one graduate student presenter in the Fall and Spring meetings. In addition to a section commendation the award carries a cash prize. To be a nominee for this award the following conditions must all be satisfied:

  1. Nominee must be a fully enrolled graduate student in a program in an OSAPS region institution.
  2. Nominee must be listed as the first author on the poster.
  3. Nominee must be registered for the meeting.
  4. Nominee must be present at the poster session and be present for answering technical questions about the subject of the poster and their participation in both the work described and the poster.
  5. The subject of the poster must be original research, but any subfield of physics is eligible.

Past Recipients

The Doc Brown Undergraduate Student Research Poster Award

The Undergraduate Research Poster Award is awarded to undergraduate research poster presenters. One student is considered for the award during the poster sessions at each of the Fall and Spring meetings. In addition to a section commendation the award carries a cash prize. To be considered as a student poster award nominee the following conditions must all be satisfied:

  1. The student must be an undergraduate;
  2. The student must be listed as first author on the poster;
  3. The student must be registered for the meeting;
  4. The student must be present at the poster at the poster session, and ideally must be present for answering technical questions about the subject of the poster and their participation in both the work described AND the formatting/creation of the physical poster itself; and
  5. The subject of the poster must be original research, but any subfield of physics is eligible.

Past Recipients

  • Brandon Reese (Miami University) 
    "Observation of two superconducting phase transitions in NbNi_{2-x}Cu_{x}Sn Heusler alloys”
    Fall 2019
  • Junjiang Li (Miami University, Ohio)
    "Numerical Simulations of the Fast Adiabatic Transport of an Ultracold Quantum System"
    Spring 2019
  • Evgeny Pakhomenko (Coe College)
    "Steady-State Method to Measure the In-Plane Thermal Conductivity of Thin Sheet Materials" 
    Fall 2018

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.