APS Rising Stars

The APS Rising Star designation is presented to outstanding APS members in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD. Drawing its name from an Observer editorial series that featured exemplars of the exciting work being done by the field’s newest researchers, this designation recognizes researchers whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.

Individuals being considered for Rising Star designation are evaluated for their promise of excellence in research based on the following criteria:

  • significant publications
  • significant recognitions
  • significant discoveries, methodological innovations, or theoretical or empirical contributions
  • work with potentially broad impact
  • commitment to diversity in science
  • demonstrated independence from mentors

Eligibility: The 2021 nomination period is open to anyone who received a doctoral degree between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2018. Visit the APS Rising Stars Nomination Information for details and to submit nominations.

APS Rising Stars Committee
Kristina R. Olson (Chair), University of Washington
Eliza Bliss-Moreau, University of California, Davis
Daniel Casasanto, Cornell University
Paige Harden, University of Texas at Austin
Silvia Koller, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul-Brazil
Kristin Laurin, University of British Columbia
Seth Pollak, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Mo Wang, University of Florida

Nominations of candidates from diverse gender, racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged.

Nomination Information | Congratulations, New Rising Stars