An APS committee, in conjunction with financial support from the APS Foundation, sponsors the I. E. Melhus Graduate Student Symposium held each year at the APS Annual Meeting. The symposium features graduate student research around a central theme which changes annually. Four to five invited speakers receive a financial award of $500 to be applied toward the cost of travel. This award is funded by the APS Foundation and the I. E. Melhus Graduate Student Symposium Fund.
The sponsor committee and research topic for the 16th I. E. Melhus Graduate Student Symposium will be announced.
Applicants must be APS members in good standing and currently enrolled as a graduate student or have completed their graduate program within 12 months of the 2016 APS Annual Meeting. All APS student members with thesis research projects related to this year's theme (to be announced) are encouraged to submit applications.
Winning applicants are expected to give a 30-minute presentation.
Applications must contain a written description of the research project, stating the goals, methodology, results, and significance of the applicant's thesis research. Applications should not exceed five single-spaced pages (excluding tables and figures).
Two letters of nomination are required, one of which must be submitted by the applicant's major professor. Letters of nomination must include evaluations of the applicant's research and ability to present the research in a clear and effective manner. Letters of nomination may be submitted separately by the letter writer using the Letter of Recommendation Form.
Applications are not being accepted at this time.
Speakers will be chosen by an ad hoc selection committee comprised of APS committee members and an external reviewer chosen by the APS Foundation. Participants will be selected competitively, based on research significance and potential impact.