HEAD High Energy Astrophysics Division

HEAD Dissertation Prize

The HEAD Dissertation Prize is awarded at the time of the HEAD division meeting (every 12-24 months) to recognize an outstanding doctoral dissertation in high-energy astrophysics.

Citations of previous Dissertation prize winners

Those who have received their degrees within 3 years prior to the HEAD meeting date (next is August 2014) are eligible for the prize. Those who have not had their degree conferred by the deadline should wait for the next opportunity to apply.

The winner of the prize will receive a certificate, a cash award of $1000, and an invitation to give a 30-minute invited talk at the HEAD Meeting. HEAD will waive the meeting registration fee for the winner and cover up to $1500 of the winner's travel expenses to attend the meeting.

The due date for nomination materials to be submitted to the HEAD Secretary will be approximately six months before the HEAD division meeting (the next deadline is March 20, 2014). Materials should be submitted via email to the HEAD Secretary at headsec@aas.org. The following materials should be submitted, with at least one letter written by a HEAD member (letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the HEAD secretary). Self-nominations are not accepted.:

  • A 3-page summary of the thesis (not to exceed 5 pages total including figures and bibliography)
  • A nomination letter, nominally by the thesis supervisor and acceptably by any HEAD member except the nominee, including a statement certifying that the PhD has been awarded
  • Two additional letters of recommendation
  • CV and publication list



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