The Nottingham Prize

The Nottingham Prize

The Nottingham Prize was originally established in 1966 from contributions given in memory of Professor Wayne B. Nottingham of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by his many friends and associates. The prize, currently consisting of a certificate and $1,500, is awarded to the best student paper presented at the conference. This prize represents a seminal honor since many Nottingham winners have gone on to become leaders in the field of surface science. In addition, you and your advisor’s names are added to the Nottingham Wikipedia website.

Competing for the Nottingham Prize

The committee requests that a paper submitted for competition have no more than two authors: the student and his or her PhD advisor. If the PhD adviser is not a co-author, his or her name should be provided. The committee will select a set of finalists based on the Nottingham Prize competition packet and tentatively plan to inform all applicants of their status on or around May 12, 2017. The registration fee will be waived for those who are selected as finalists.

All Nottingham contestants must complete and submit the registration form. They must also submit:

A regular one-page abstract submitted as a Word document for easy compilation. The competitor’s name should be marked with an asterisk (*), and the accompanying footnote should read, “Nottingham Contestant.” (Download Word Template)

A Nottingham Prize competition package submitted as a single PDF file, including:

A cover letter indicating your interest in the Nottingham Prize competition. Include in the letter expected thesis submission and graduation dates.

A brief vita.

An extended abstract of approximately 1,500 words. (Download Word Template)

These items should be sent as email attachments to: The subject line of the email should start with “PEC2017 Nottingham.”

We will accept abstracts until Monday, May 9, 2017. Although the competition will be judged largely onthe oral presentation, Nottingham Prize competition package is needed to provide additional information to the judges to select the finalists. Submission of a thesis or of a manuscript to be published is not acceptable. The committee will limit the number of competitors to those who can be accommodated in one day of presentations and on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Prior Nottingham Prize recipients (courtesy Wikipedia):
Year Nottingham Prize Winner(s) Location Thesis Advisor(s)
1966 L.F. Cordes University of Minnesota W.T. Peria
1967 D. Steiner & J.V. Hollweg M.I.T & M.I.T E.P. Gyftopoulous
1968 E. Ward Plummer Cornell University T.N. Rhodin
1969 John C. Tracy Cornell University J.M. Blakely
1970 J.M. Baker Cornell University J.M. Blakely
1971 D.P. Smith Univ. of Minnesota W.T. Peria
1972 W. Henry Weinberg Univ. of California, Berkeley R. Merrill
1973 J.R. Bower Bartol Research Foundation J.M. Chen
1974 N.J. Dionne & Torgny Gustafsson Cornell University & Chalmers Univ. of Technology T.N. Rhodin & P.O. Nillson
1975 L.C. Isett Cornell University J.M. Blakely
1976 J.A. Knapp Montana State University G.A. Lapeyre
1977 S.-L. Weng Univ. of Pennsylvania E.W. Plummer
1978 Gwo-Ching Wang Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison M.G. Lagally
1979 Wilson Ho Univ. of Pennsylvania E.W. Plummer
1980 R. Difoggio & Harry J. Levinson Univ. of Chicago & Univ. of Pennsylvania R. Gomer & E.W. Plummer
1981 Ruud M. Tromp FOM Institut F.W. Saris
1982 P.O. Hahn Univ. of Hanover M. Henzler
1983 R. Raue Cologne and KFA Julich G. Guntherodt & M. Campagna
1984 M. Onellion Rice University G.K. Walters
1985 K. Gibson & J.W.M. Frenken Univ. of Chicago & FOM Institut S.J. Sibener & J.F. van der Veen
1986 S.M. Yalisove Univ. of Pennsylvania W.R. Graham
1987 John D. Beckerle M.I.T. S.T. Ceyer
1988 Lee J. Richter Cornell University W. Ho
1989 J.-K. Zuo R.P.I. G.-C. Wang
1990 Y.-W. Mo Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison M.G. Lagally
1991 Brian S. Swartzentruber Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison M.B. Webb
1992 Thomas Michely KFA, Julich G. Comsa
1993 Anna K. Swan Boston University M. El-Batanouny
1994 G. Rosenfeld KFA, Julich G. Comsa
1995 Marcus K. Weldon Harvard University C. Friend
1996 J. Carpinelli & B. Kohler Univ. of Tennessee & Fritz Haber Inst. E.W. Plummer & M. Scheffler
1997 D. Gragson Univ. of Oregon G. Richmond
1998 Barry C. Stipe & M.S. Hoogeman Cornell University & FOM Inst./Leiden Univ. W. Ho & J.W.M. Frenken
1999 Kalman Pelhos Rutgers University T.E. Madey
2000 Lincoln Lauhon Cornell University W. Ho
2001 Gayle Thayer Sandia Livermore & UC Davis R. Hwang & S. Chiang
2002 Denis Potapenko Rutgers University B.J. Hinch
2003 John P. Pierce Univ. of Tennessee & ORNL E.W. Plummer & Jian Shen
2004 Peter Wahl Max Planck Inst. for Solid State Physics K. Kern
2005 Nathan Guisinger Northwestern University Mark C. Hersam
2006 Mustafa Murat Özer & Paul C. Snijders University of Tennessee and Delft University of Technology J.R. Thompson and H.H. Weitering & H.H. Weitering
2007 Peter Maksymovych University of Pittsburgh J. T. Yates, Jr.
2008 Brett Goldsmith Univ. of California, Irvine P.G. Collins
2009 Alpha T. N’Diaye Univ. of Cologne T. Michely
2010 Heather L. Tierney Tufts University E. Charles H. Sykes
2011 Tanza Lewis Univ. of California, Irvine J. Hemminger & B. Winter
2012 Daniel Schwarz University of Twente B. Poelsema
2013 Benjamin A. Gray University of Arkansas J. Tchakhalian
2014 Donna A. Kunkel University of Nebraska – Lincoln A. Enders
2015 Christoph Große & Amanda Larson Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research & University of New Hampshire K. Kern & K. Pohl
2016 Charlotte Herbig University of Cologne T. Michely
2017 Erik S. Skibinski Cornell University Melissa A. Hines