U.S. Particle Accelerator School
U.S. Particle Accelerator School
Education in Beam Physics and Accelerator Technology

USPAS Prize for Achievement in Accelerator Science and Technology

Next prize will be awarded: 2025


The USPAS prize honors individuals by recognizing their outstanding achievements over the full range of accelerator science and technology.

Nominees are evaluated in these categories:

  1. Quality, impact and number of scientific/technical contributions to the field.
  2. Realization of concepts in working accelerators; leadership and vision in machine building; putting concepts into practice.
  3. Level of impact: degree to which concepts have led to the production of more or better science or has the potential for doing so in the future.
  4. Other factors, especially teaching and mentoring of young scientists and engineers.

The Achievement Prizes will be awarded every three years and presented at the North American Particle Accelerator Conference (NAPAC). One of the prizes will be awarded to an “early-achievement” category made by a scientist or engineer within 15 years of their last professional degree at the time of the award being conveyed, and two will be awarded in a "general" category open to all. The prizes are awarded on a competitive basis without bias to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or religion. The USPAS Director appoints the Prize Committee Chair who in turn appoints their committee members who select the recipient from nominations received. Nominations are kept for two award cycles and may be updated in subsequent cycles. Expired nominations may be renewed.  Early-achievement nominees who advance beyond 15  years of their last degree from their last submission will be evaluated in the general category. Information on input for nomination submissions can be found in the FAQs

Nominations should include the name, institution and CV of the nominee; description of accomplishments with supporting documents and suggested citation; up to three letters of support in addition to the nominating letter. Letters may have multiple signatures. Nominations in the early-achievement category should be made within 15 years of a nominees last degree.

Award recipients will receive a certificate of merit and a cash award of $3,000.00. The awards are made possible by donations from Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven Science Associates, Fermi Research Alliance LLC, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the Jefferson Science Associates Initiatives Funds Program.

Please submit nominations to uspas@fnal.gov