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Katherine Weimer
katherine weimerIn 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. Her obituary, written by John Johnson and John Greene, appeared in September 2001 in Physics Today. A list of her peer-reviewed journal publications may be found at Publications.

The Division of Plasma Physics has historically experienced significantly lower representation of women in its ranks compared to other divisions (7% vs. 11% in 2010). 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.

Katherine E. Weimer Award for Women in Plasma Science

To recognize and encourage outstanding achievement in plasma science research by a woman physicist in the early years of her career. The award consists of $2,000, a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient and presented during the award ceremony at the Division of Plasma Physics Annual Meeting banquet, and a registration fee waiver. The recipient will be invited to give a talk at the Division of Plasma Physics annual meeting. The award was presented every three years beginning in 2002 and starting in 2019 will be presented every two years.

Establishment and Support:
The Plasma Science community and the APS Division of Plasma Physics established the award through joint sponsorship in 2001. It was named after Dr. Katherine E. Weimer, a pioneering woman physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Dr. Weimer made many important contributions to research advancements in magnetohydrodynamic equilibrium and stability theory for magnetically confined plasmas.

Rules and Eligibility:
This award shall be presented to a woman during the early years of her career for scientific achievements within ten years of receiving her Ph.D. that demonstrate her potential as an outstanding plasma scientist. The award is open to any woman working in plasma science. The nominee's Ph.D. must have been received within the ten-year period prior to the nomination deadline. Nominations are active for a single selection cycle.

The Award endowment was funded with $15,000 from DPP and $15,000 of generous contributions from friends and colleagues of Katherine Weimer and includes contributions from discretionary funds of fusion/plasma science research laboratories.

There is no provision for online submissions for the Weimer Award. Submissions must be emailed to the Selection Committee Chair. The standard APS Nomination Guidelines describe guidelines, but the submission instructions on the APS page should not be used for the DPP Weimer Award.

How to Nominate a Candidate
To nominate a candidate, email the following to the Award Committee members (listed below).

  • 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 June 17, 2019.

2017: Dr. Félicie Albert, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory "For pioneering development and characterization of x-ray sources from laser-wakefield accelerators and Compton scattering gamma-ray sources for applications in high energy density science and nuclear resonance fluorescence."

Past Recipients

2019 Selection Committee:
Paul Keiter, Chair, Los Alamos National Laboratory, pkeiter@lanl.gov
Amy M Keesee, Vice-Chair,  Univ. of New Hampshire, Amy.Keesee@unh.edu 
Steffi Diem, ORNL/UW-Mad, diems@fusion.gat.com
Félicie Albert (2017 recipient) , Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, albert6@llnl.gov
Carl Sovinec, Past-Chair, University of Wisconsin, csovinec@cae.wisc.edu