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Prizes

The Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) awards three prizes, each of which recognizes outstanding theoretical or experimental research in laboratory astrophysics:

The Laboratory Astrophysics Prize is presented, normally on an annual basis, to an individual who has made significant theoretical or experimental contributions to laboratory astrophysics over an extended period of time. The prize includes a cash award, a framed certificate, and an invited lecture by the recipient at a meeting of the Laboratory Astrophysics Division.

The Early Career Award is presented, normally on an annual basis, to an individual who has made a significant theoretical or experimental contribution to laboratory astrophysics early in their professional career. Nominees must have no more than 10 years of professional experience since their PhD or equivalent degree, as of the end of the year of the award. The award includes a check, a framed certificate, and an invited lecture by the recipient at a meeting of the Division.

The Dissertation Prize is presented, normally on an annual basis, to recognize an outstanding theoretical or experimental doctoral dissertation (or the equivalent) in laboratory astrophysics. The prize is awarded to an individual who has completed their PhD or equivalent degree in any of the three calendar years immediately preceding the award year. The prize includes a cash award, a framed certificate, and an invited lecture by the recipient at a meeting of the Division.

LAD Prize News

For 2019 LAD's highest honor, the Laboratory Astrophysics Prize, goes to Prof. Lucy Ziurys (University of Arizona) for her outstanding contributions to rotational spectroscopy of transient molecules and radio astronomy. The 2019 LAD Early Career Award goes to Dr. Brett McGuire (National Radio Astronomy Observatory) for his significant laboratory and observational advancements in our knowledge of the inventory and evolution of complex molecules in the interstellar medium.