APS Honors

APS Prizes, Awards, and Dissertation Awards

APS prizes & awards recognize outstanding achievements in research, education and public service. With few exceptions, they are open to all members of the scientific community in the U.S. and abroad. The nomination and selection procedure, involving APS-appointed selection committees, guarantees their high standards and prestige.

APS Medal

APS Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research

To recognize contributions of the highest level that advance our knowledge and understanding of the physical universe. Learn more

APS News Feature: Mildred Dresselhaus: 1930-2017

Millie DresselhausMIT Professor of Physics and Former APS President dies at 86

Known to many as the "queen of carbon science" — for her foundational work uncovering the electrical properties of carbon and other semi-metals — Mildred Dresselhaus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)... Read more

APS Fellowship

Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers. Any active APS member is eligible for nomination and election to APS Fellowship. The criterion for election is exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education.

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Historic Sites Initiative

Every year, APS recognizes a select number of sites in the United States where important events in the history of physics took place. Visit our directory of sites and learn how you can nominate your favorite location. Awardees receive a plaque commemorating the site's significance to physics, and a listing in the APS Historic Sites online directory.

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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.