The Nottingham Prize was originally established in 1966 from contributions given in memory of Professor Wayne B. Nottingham of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by his many friends and associates. The prize, currently consisting of a certificate and $1,500, is awarded to the best student paper presented at the conference. This prize represents a seminal honor since many Nottingham winners have gone on to become leaders in the field of surface science. In addition, you and your advisor’s names are added to the Nottingham Wikipedia website.
Competing for the Nottingham Prize
A student paper is defined as a paper based on a Ph.D. thesis whose date of submission is no earlier than one year before the meeting at which the Prize is given. In other words -- all students who are working on, but have not yet completed, their Ph.D. thesis work are eligible. In addition, you are also eligible to compete if you have completed your Ph.D. work but your thesis was submitted less than one year ago. In this case, your talk must be on your Ph.D. thesis work, not on work undertaken subsequently.
The committee requests that a paper submitted for competition have no more than two authors: the student and his or her PhD advisor. If the PhD adviser is not a co-author, his or her name should be provided. The committee will select a set of finalists based on the Nottingham Prize competition packet and tentatively plan to inform all applicants of their status on or around May 25, 2018. The registration fee will be waived for those who are selected as finalists by entering a promo code during the online registration proceess. The appropriate code will by be send out with the acceptance notice.
All Nottingham contestants must complete and submit the registration form. They must also submit:
A regular one-page abstract submitted as a Word document for easy compilation. The competitor’s name should be marked with an asterisk (*), and the accompanying footnote should read, “Nottingham Contestant.” (Download Word Template)
A Nottingham Prize competition package submitted as a single PDF file, including:
A cover letter indicating your interest in the Nottingham Prize competition. Include in the letter expected thesis submission and graduation dates.
A brief vita.
An extended abstract of approximately 1,500 words. (Download Word Template)
These items should be sent as email attachments to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line of the email should start with “PEC2018 Nottingham.”
We will accept abstracts until 5:00pm PST Monday, May 21, 2018. Although the competition will be judged largely on the oral presentation, Nottingham Prize competition package is needed to provide additional information to the judges to select the finalists. Submission of a thesis or of a manuscript to be published is not acceptable. The committee will limit the number of competitors to those who can be accommodated in one day of presentations and on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Previous Nottingham Prize Winners:
|1966||L. F. Cordes||University of Minnesota||W. T. Peria|
|1967||D. Steiner||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||E. P. Gyftopoulos|
|1968||E. Ward Plummer||Cornell University||T. N. Rhodin|
|1969||John C. Tracy||Cornell University||J. M. Blakely|
|1970||J. M. Baker||Cornell University||J. M. Blakely|
|1971||D. P. Smith||University of Minnesota||W. T. Peria|
|1972||W. Henry Weinberg||University of California, Berkeley||R. Merrill|
|1973||J. R. Bower||Bartol Research Foundation||J. M. Chen|
|1974||N. J. Dionne||Cornell University||T. N. Rhodin|
|Torgny Gustafsson||Chalmers University of Technology||P. O. Nillson|
|1975||L. C. Isett||Cornell University||J. M. Blakely|
|1976||J. A. Knapp||Montana State University||G. A. Lapeyre|
|1977||S.-L. Weng||University of Pennsylvania||E. W. Plummer|
|1978||Gwo-Ching Wang||University of Wisconsin, Madison||M. G. Lagally|
|1979||Wilson Ho||University of Pennsylvania||E. W. Plummer|
|1980||R. DiFoggio||University of Chicago||R. Gomer|
|Harry J. Levinson||University of Pennsylvania||E. W. Plummer|
|1981||Ruud M. Tromp||FOM Institute for Atomic & Molecular Physics||F. W. Saris|
|1982||P. O. Hahn||University of Hanover||M. Henzler|
|1983||R. Raue||Cologne and KFA Julich||G. Guntherodt & M. Campagna|
|1984||M. Onellion||Rice University||G. K. Walters|
|1985||K. Gibson||University of Chicago||S. J. Sibener|
|J. W. M. Frenken||FOM Inst. for Atomic & Molecular Physics||J. F. van der Veen|
|1986||S. M. Yalisove||University of Pennsylvania||W. R. Graham|
|1987||John D. Beckerle||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||S. T. Ceyer|
|1988||Lee J. Richter||Cornell University||W. Ho|
|1989||J.-K. Zuo||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||C.-C. Wang|
|1990||Y.-W. Mo||University of Wisconsin., Madison||M. G. Lagally|
|1991||Brian S. Swartzentruber||University of Wisconsin, Madison||M. B. Webb|
|1992||Thomas Michely||KFA, Julich||G. Comsa|
|1993||A. K. Swan||Boston University||M. El-Batanouny|
|1994||G. Rosenfeld||KFA, Julich||G. Comsa|
|1995||Marcus K. Weldon||Harvard University||C. Friend|
|1996||J. Carpinelli||University of Tennessee||E. W. Plummer|
|B. Kohler||Fritz Haber Institute||M. Scheffler|
|1997||D. Gragson||University of Oregon||G. Richmond|
|1998||Barry C. Stipe||Cornell University||W. Ho|
|M. S. Hoogeman||FOM Institute & Leiden Univ.||J. W. M. Frenken|
|1999||K. Pelhos||Rutgers University||T. E. Madey|
|2000||Lincoln Lauhon||Cornell University||W. Ho|
|2001||Gayle Thayer||University of California, Davis & Sandia Livermore||S. Chiang & R. Hwang|
|2002||Denis Potapenko||Rutgers University||B. J. Hinch|
|2003||John Pierce||University of Tennessee||E. W. Plummer & J. Shen|
|2004||Peter Wahl||Max Planck Institute for Solid-State Physics||K. Kern|
|2005||Nathan Guisinger||Northwestern University||M. Hersam|
|2006||Mustafa Murat Ozer||University of Tennessee-Knoxville||J. R. Thompson &H. H. Weitering|
|Paul C. Snijders||Delft University of Technology||H.H. Weitering & T.M. Klapwijk|
|2007||Peter Maksymovych||University of Pittsburgh||J. T. Yates, Jr.|
|2008||Brett Goldsmith||University of California – Irvine||P. G. Collins|
|2009||Alpha T. N’ Diaye||University of Köln (Cologne)||T. Michely|
|2010||Heather Tierney||Tufts University||C. H. Sykes|
|2011||Tanza Lewis||University of California – Irvine||J. Hemminger & B. Winter|
|2012||Daniel Schwarz||University of Twente||B. Poelsema|
|2013||Benjamin A. Gray||University of Arkansas – Fayetteville||J. Chakhalian|
|2014||Donna A. Kunkel||University of Nebraska – Lincoln||A. Enders|
|2015||Christoph Große||Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research||K. Kern|
|Amanda Larson||University of New Hampshire||K. Pohl|
|2016||Charlotte Herbig||University of Cologne||T. Michely|
|2017||Erik S. Skibinski||Cornell University||M. A. Hines|