SSRL Scientific Development Award

In 2024, SSRL will provide $1,000 for an award to recognize outstanding research accomplishments by new investigators and to promote dissemination of research results based on work performed at SSRL. Nominations for undergraduate or graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows within three years of receiving their Ph.D., can be submitted annually before August 1. The award will be presented at the next SSRL/LCLS Users' Meeting on September 23-27, 2024.

Nomination Requirements: Nominations are limited to undergraduate or graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows within three years of receiving their Ph.D. at the time of nomination. The nomination package should include a letter of recommendation from the advisor as well as a CV and an abstract written by the candidate describing the SSRL-related experiments and scientific results (approximately 300 words). Candidates are encouraged to include information on their plans to present their work at a scientific conference. Letters of support are encouraged and can often help to strengthen the candidate's nomination package.

Submit nominations by email before August 1.


SSRL User Research Administration
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
2575 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Selection Process: The SSRL Scientific Development Award Selection Committee shall be comprised of at least five SSRL UEC members (including graduate students) and at least one representative from SSRL who will evaluate and rank the candidates and select an awardee based on the science described in the nomination package. If one of the SSRL UEC representatives is nominated as a candidate, that individual will excuse her/himself from the selection deliberations.

Award: An SSRL representative or the Award Selection Committee will notify the awardee in August so that the awardee can make arrangements to receive the award.

The Award will presented at the Annual Users' Meeting, to be held September 23-27, 2024. The awardee will receive a certificate and $1,000 to further disseminate scientific results based on their work performed at SSRL at a scientific conference.

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