Prairie Chapter - Awards

Advancing the Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing

Prairie Chapter Award for Outstanding Research

Purpose: To encourage and reward outstanding research in materials, interfaces, or processing.

Nature: The award consists of $1,000, a certificate setting forth the reasons for the award, and an honorary lectureship at the annual Prairie Chapter meeting. Up to $500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award is presented will be reimbursed.

Eligibility: A nominee must have accomplished outstanding research of a theoretical or experimental nature in a field related to materials, interfaces, or processing. The nominee must have been a member of the AVS for a minimum of five continuous years at the time of nomination and must be a current member of the Prairie Chapter. Special consideration will be given to nominees who have demonstrated a commitment to the AVS through sustained service. Current members of the Prairie Chapter Executive Committee are not eligible.

Deadline: April 15, 2017 (annual-review)

Support: The award is sponsored by the AVS Prairie Chapter.
 

Prairie Chapter Award for Early-Career Research

Purpose: To encourage and reward outstanding early-career researchers in materials, interfaces, or processing.
 
Nature: The award consists of $1,000, a certificate setting forth the reasons for the award, and an honorary lectureship at the annual Prairie Chapter meeting. Up to $500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award is presented will be reimbursed.
 
Eligibility:  A nominee must have accomplished outstanding research of a theoretical or experimental nature in a field related to materials, interfaces, or processing. The nominee must have less than 10 years (continuous or interrupted) post Ph.D. scientific service and be a current member of the AVS and the Prairie Chapter at the time of nomination. Current members of the Prairie Chapter Executive Committee are not eligible.
 
Deadline: April 15, 2017 (annual-review)
 
Support: The award is sponsored by the AVS Prairie Chapter.
 


Registration Waivers for Students to attend the AVS International Symposia


Purpose: To encourage and support graduate students to present their work at the annual AVS symposium.
 
Nature: The Prairie Chapter will pay the registration fee for a limited number of graduate students to present either a poster or oral presentation of their research at the AVS symposium.  The Chapter cannot cover travel or any other costs associated with the students’ attendance at the meeting
Eligibility: The graduate student and their advisor must be members of the Prairie Chapter and must have an abstract accepted for presentation at the meeting. Currently, postdoctoral associates and undergraduate students are not eligible.

Deadline: September 1st. However, as only a limited number of waivers will be available, and as they will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis, applicants are encouraged to apply soon after they receive notification that their abstract has been accepted.

Nominating procedure: To apply for a waiver the student should submit the following by September 1st to the Chapter Chair (David Czaplewski, david_czaplewski@avs.org):
 
  • A copy of the accepted abstract indicating that the student is the presenting author.
  • A brief statement from the student’s research advisor (who must also be a member of the Chapter) stating that the student is actively working towards a graduate degree under the advisor’s direction. This can be either in the form of an email note or a signed letter on university letter head. 
  • A completed meeting registration form (PDF file). The payment information on the form should be left blank.
The applications will be evaluated by the review committee in the order received and awards made until the available funds are spent. The committee will verify the student’s and their advisor’s membership in the Prairie Chapter. Please note that these registration awards along with payment will be sent to the National AVS office on behalf of the students and that the Chapter cannot reimburse students for the cost of registration if they register and pay online on their own. It is anticipated that approximately ten waivers will be awarded per year