Thomas H. Stix Award for Outstanding Early Career Contributions to Plasma Physics Research

To recognize an individual researcher who has made outstanding contributions (theoretical, experimental, computational, or technical) in plasma physics early in their career. Areas of plasma physics covered by the Award include, but are not limited to, fundamental plasma physics, fusion plasmas, astrophysical or space plasmas, low-temperature plasmas, or high-energy-density plasmas.  

The award consists of $3,000, a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient, and an allowance for registration and travel to the Division of Plasma Physics Annual Meeting. DPP will contribute up to two complimentary banquet tickets for the recipient and a companion

Establishment & Support

This award was established in 2013 by a contribution from the Division of Plasma Physics.

Rules & Eligibility

Nominations are open to scientists of all nationalities regardless of the geographical site at which the work was done. The Award will be given every year to an early career researcher. An early career researcher is defined as an individual in the first 10 years of a research career, i.e. at most 10 years following the award of a PhD. No person may receive the Award more than once. The Award is not to be given for work previously recognized by a DPP prize (e.g. the Rosenbluth award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis or the Dawson Award). Self-nominations will not be considered. Nominations are active for three years.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Thursday, April 1, 2021

The nomination package must include:

  • A letter of not more than 5,000 characters evaluating the qualifications of the nominee(s)

In addition, the nomination should include:

  • A biographical sketch.
  • A list of the most important publications.
  • At least two, but not more than four, seconding letters.
  • Up to five reprints or preprints.

To start a new or update a continuing nomination, please see the Prize & Award Nomination Guidelines.

2021 Selection Committee Members: Michael A Shay (Chair), Tammy Ma (Vice Chair), Scott Baalrud ('20 Recipient), Christoph Niemann, Andrei Smolyakov

The membership of APS is diverse and global, and the nominees and recipients of APS Honors should reflect that diversity so that all are recognized for their impact on our community. Nominations of members belonging to groups traditionally underrepresented in physics, such as women, LGBT+ scientists, scientists who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), disabled scientists, and scientists from outside the United States are especially encouraged.

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.

2021 Recipient

Carlos Paz-Soldan
Columbia University



Past Recipients

2020: Scott Baalrud
2019: William Fox
2018: Frederico Fiuza
2017: Ian Chapman
2016: Tammy Ma
2015: Nuno F. G. Loureiro
2014: Ilya Dodin