2018 Physics Student/Teacher Annual Award Nominations


Deadline: Friday, May 10, 2019

Nominations are invited for the Alan H. Barrett Prize, to be awarded to a senior undergraduate student or a graduate student, in recognition of astrophysics research of exceptional originality and quality.

The award honors Professor Alan H. Barrett's outstanding influence in the education of physicists and his fundamental contributions to the science and technology of astrophysics.

The fund has been endowed by donations from students, friends, relatives, and colleagues of Alan Barrett and currently provides a prize of $1,000. Nominations are invited from the faculty of the MIT departments of Physics, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, and from other faculty with relevant research interests.

The recipient will be chosen on the basis of exceptional research in astrophysics at MIT. In the case of an undergraduate senior, the selection may be based on, but not limited to, a senior thesis, UROP project, or other substantial achievement. In the case of a graduate student, the selection will be based on significant research accomplishment. In past years, the prize has usually been awarded for a high-quality undergraduate senior thesis, or a research accomplishment by a first- or second-year graduate student.

Nominations should be submitted by email to Professors Mike McDonald and Ian Crossfield, Co-Chairs of the Barrett Astrophysics Prize Committee, and should include:

  1. A brief nominating letter, including a description of the student's research and its significance.
  2. The student's senior thesis or research paper(s) on which the nomination is based.
  3. A brief biography of the student, including (for seniors) the student's postgraduate plans.

Nominations should be submitted by email to Prof. Mike McDonald and Prof. Ian Crossfield.