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Postdoc Awards, Prizes

Postdocs play a vital role in the LANL workforce and scientific programs, making significant contributions to science. Building a career at LANL is an option for postdocs and recognition can be received through several awards and prizes.

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Receive recognition through several awards, prizes

  • Postdoc Distinguished Performance Awards (PDPAs) - Recognize individual or teams of no more than three who were major contributors towards outstanding and unique research resulting in a positive, significant impact on the Laboratory's programmatic efforts, or status in the scientific community. See PDPA Award Recipients (pdf).
  • Postdoc Distinguished Mentor Awards (PDMAs) - Recognize the positive impact and contributions that a mentor makes during a postdoc's appointment and who demonstrated a level of mentoring substantially beyond expectations. See PDMA Award Recipients (pdf).
  • Postdoctoral Publication Prize in Actinide Science - This annual publication prize created and funded by Lab Fellow Jaqueline Kiplinger, is administered through the Laboratory’s Postdoc Program Office and awarded to the best single original research article in theoretical or experimental Actinide Science. The annual prize recognizes high impact theoretical or experimental research in both fundamental and applied areas of Actinide Science. Actinide Science Prize Winners (pdf).
  • Postdoctoral Publication Prize in Clean Energy - This prize, created and funded by Lab Fellow and Director of the Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics, Victor Klimov, is administered through the Laboratory’s Postdoctoral Program Office and awarded to the best single article in theoretical or experimental research related to problems of clean energy. Clean Energy Prize Winners (pdf).
  • Publication Prize in Engineering Science - This annual prize, created and funded by Mary and Richard Mah, is awarded annually for the best article that describes high-impact innovative research in Engineering Science, which refers to the development of new hardware or software tools allowing engineers to better analyze, design, operate, control and/or maintain existing systems or develop the next generation of engineered systems with advanced performance capabilities. Engineering Science Prize Winners (pdf).
  • Postdoctoral Publication Prize in Experimental Sciences - Biennial prize sponsored by Damon Giovanielli and LANL, awarded for the best article in experimental sciences, published or accepted for publication. A call for nominations is sent out in January in odd-numbered years. See Experimental Sciences Prize Winners (pdf).
  • Postdoctoral Publication Prize in Theoretical Physics - Biennial prize sponsored by Leon Heller and LANL, awarded for the best article in theoretical physics, published or accepted for publication. A call for nominations is sent out in January in even-numbered years. See Theoretical Physics Prize Winners (pdf).