W.E. Spicer Young Investigator Award

William E. Spicer (1929-2004) was an esteemed member of the international scientific community as a teacher and researcher in electrical engineering, applied physics and materials science. Bill spent the past 40 years as a professor at Stanford where he pioneered the technique of ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy and its subsequent expansion into the use of synchrotron radiation. In 1972, Bill together with Sebastian Doniach founded the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Project which evolved into today's SSRL. He was a prolific author with over 700 works and the recipient of many honors and awards including the Lifetime Mentor Award by the AAAS in 2000, reflecting his tireless effort on the behalf of under-represented minorities and women. Though retired for some years, Bill continued to actively advise students at SSRL up until his death.

In honor of his many contributions, professional and personal, to our community, SSRL established the W.E. Spicer Young Investigator Award in 2004 to be awarded annually to a young scientist. The Spicer Award will be presented at the annual SSRL users' meeting to a new investigator who has made important technical or scientific contributions that benefit from or are beneficial to SSRL or the synchrotron community. The award, which is open to senior graduate students and those within seven years of entry into their professional scientific field at the time of nomination, will consist of a certificate and $1,000.

The first W. E. Spicer Young Investigator Award was presented to N. Peter Armitage in October 2004. The recipient of second W. E. Spicer Young Investigator Award will be announced at the awards dinner on Monday, October 17, 2005. The awardee will be asked to give a presentation of his/her research in conjunction with the annual SSRL users' meeting.

Nominations for the 2006 W. E. Spicer Young Investigator Award will be due on August 1, 2006. Nomination packages should include a letter of nomination as well as the candidate's curriculm vitae and publications; supporting letters are encouraged. Nomination packages should summarize the technical or scientific contributions of the candidate and need to be received by the August 1, 2006 deadline to be considered. These can be sent via e-mail, regular mail or fax to:

Cathy Knotts
Manager, User Research Administration
2575 Sand Hill Road, MS 99
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Tel. 650-926-3191
Fax. 650-926-3600