Katherine Weimer Award

Application Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2023

History of the Award

In 2001, the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics Executive Committee established the Katherine E. Weimer Award to “recognize and encourage outstanding achievement in plasma science research by a woman physicist in the early years of her career.”

Dr. Katherine E. Weimer was a pioneering research physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory at Princeton University. She made many important contributions in magnetohydrodynamic equilibrium and stability theory for magnetically confined plasmas.

The Division of Plasma Physics has historically experienced significantly lower representation of women in its ranks compared to other divisions. This award will play an important role in recognizing the contribution and potential of women in plasma science and will help to attract and retain women in this field. The award is given every two years.

The 2023 Award

The award is open to any female plasma scientist. The nominee's Ph.D. must have been received within the ten-year period prior to the nomination deadline of April 28, 2023. Starting in 2019 nominations will be presented every two years. The award consists of $4,000 and funds for travel to the annual meeting where the award is to be presented, as well as a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient. The recipient will be invited to give a talk at the Division's annual meeting.

How to Apply

To nominate a candidate, email the following to the Award Committee members.

  • A letter evaluating the nominee's qualifications identifying the specific work to be recognized
  • A biographical sketch
  • A list of the most important publications
  • At least two, but no more than four, seconding letters

The deadline is April 28, 2023.

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.