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Nanometer-Scale Science and Technology Division Early Career Competition

As nanoscience has continued to expand its impact in diverse fields including quantum science, biology, mechanics, and energy, the Nanometer-Scale Science and Technology Division (NSTD) has been a hub of basic and applied research broadly related to instrumentation, lithography, manipulation, imaging, and technology translation. The NSTD holds an Early Career Competition at the annual AVS International Symposium to highlight and celebrate exceptional researchers working on the frontiers of nanoscience. Post-doctoral researchers as well as beginning independent researchers presenting a poster or oral presentation in an NSTD sponsored or co-sponsored session are encouraged to apply.

To apply, a cover letter, resume, graduate advisor and postdoctoral advisor support letters, and AVS abstract should be sent to the NSTD Awards Coordinator: Keith A. Brown (brownka@bu.edu) as a single PDF file. For consideration, the application must be sent by 11:59 PM EDT, July 20, 2019.  For eligibility, the applicant must hold a doctoral degree for no more than five years at the time of abstract submission. Note that this award is meant to highlight work performed after the Ph.D. and thus research performed towards a doctorate will not be considered. Applications from industry, national laboratories, and academic institutions are encouraged.

All early career award finalists will be selected by the NSTD Awards Committee, and they will be informed by Sept. 2, 2019. All finalists must present a five minute talk (with additional time for questions) at the NSTD Awards Competition, which is tentatively planned for noon on Wednesday of the symposium week. The winner will be selected based on the quality of the talk, the responses to subsequent questions, and the level of the research. The NSTD early career award winner will receive a certificate and a cash award of $500. Depending on the needs of the following year’s AVS Symposium, the winner will be considered for an invited talk. This award is made possible by financial support from NSTD's sponsors, who in 2018 were Bruker, Park Systems, Heidelberg Instruments, NT-MDT Spectrum Instruments, Oxford Instruments, and SPECS.


List of Recipients

Early Career Award Winner

  • 2014 Keith Brown
  • 2017 Deep Jariwala
  • 2018 Canhui Wang