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Astrochemistry Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

Dissertation Award

To promote the emerging discipline of Astrochemistry within the PHYS Division of the ACS, we wish to recognize an outstanding Ph.D. thesis submitted by an Astrochemistry Subdivision member within the preceding two calendar years (i.e. March 1 two years prior). The award consists of $500 cash prize and a certificate citing the contribution, which will be presented at the annual Fall ACS Meeting during the Astrochemistry Symposium. The awardee is also invited to give a talk at the fall ACS meeting immediately following the awarding and $500 in travel funds to attend the meeting generously provided by the ACS Earth and Space Chemistry journal. The below materials should be submitted to the Secretary of the Astrochemistry Subdivision by the nominator as a single pdf file by March 1 of each year preceding the Fall Meeting, and the dissertation must be successfully defended in hand before the March 1 deadline, as well. Materials include:

1: CV and publication list of the applicant.

2: An abstract of the dissertation prepared by the applicant not exceeding 1,000 words exclusive of figures and references.

3: A nominating letter from the research advisor citing the specific contributions of the applicant and their significance.

4: Up to two seconding letters.

Nomination packages will not be renewed automatically but they may be resubmitted a second time. Applications from women and members of minorities underrepresented in the sciences are strongly encouraged. The selection committee will consist of the current chair, chair-elect, and past-chair. If any of these are sponsoring a candidate, they will be excused and the committee may include the vice-chair and then the secretary as needed.

Exceptional candidates who are not selected during a given year may be recognized as an "Honorable Mention" in order to highlight the additional quality of other applicants. Selection as an Honorable Mention will not preclude an applicant from submitting to the award for consideration in any future years for which they are eligible. Previous selection as an Honorable Mention will not be considered as a benefit or drawback for such future applications.

All nominators and the nominee must be a member of the Astrochemistry Subdivision. You can join for a little as $15 per year.