Prizes & Awards

Francis Slack Award

The Francis G. Slack Award was created by the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society to honor Excellence in Service to Physics in the Southeast.

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George B. Pegram Award

The George B. Pegram Award, first awarded in 1971, was created by the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society to honor “Excellence in the Teaching of Physics in the Southeast.”

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Jesse W. Beams Award

The Jesse W. Beams Research Award, first presented in 1973, was established by the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society to recognize especially significant or meritorious research in physics, the major portion of which was carried out while the recipient was resident in the SESAPS region.

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Award Donations

The three awards presented by the Southeastern Section rely on member contributions to sustain them. Many members of the section have made previous donations for the Jesse Beams Award, the George Pegram Award, and the Francis Slack Award.

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2023 Pegram, Slack, and Beams Award Winners

Pegram Award winner: Dr. Erin Bonning, Emory University


"For developing a program of undergraduate education and public engagement of extraordinary breadth that reaches a diverse population and touches on an incredibly varied set of human endeavors; for her exceptional record of including undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds in her astrophysics research and mentoring them for careers in the sciences; and for establishing wide-ranging cultural programs associated with Emory’s planetarium, the Michael C. Carlos Museum on campus, and with local, national, and international artists that focus on a common and inspiring thread: namely, that science can be perceived through the lens of music, art, or religion, and that works in those fields can provoke thoughts about science in ways that enhance them both."

Slack Award winner: Prof. Roxanne Springer, Duke University


"For long-term, extensive, and effective service to the physics community; for her relentless and very successful efforts to improve the climate for physicists of all backgrounds at multiple scales – locally at Duke, throughout the Southeast region, nationally and beyond; and for her leadership of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts that have deeply benefited the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society and Division of Nuclear Physics."

Beams Award winner: Prof. Peter Hirschfeld, University of Florida


"For his seminal contributions to condensed matter physics and unconventional superconductivity in cuprate and iron-based superconductors; for furthering our understanding of how repulsive Coulomb interactions and multi-orbital bands can mediate unconventional superconductivity; and for advancing new theoretical models and frameworks that have enabled experimental studies of these materials, for example, by devising methods to leverage disorder as a spectroscopic tool via the theory of quasi-particle interference."

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