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Outstanding Volunteer Award

2020 ​Awardee

The APS Outstanding Volunteer Award acknowledges APS members for excellent service in furthering the mission of APS through their volunteer efforts. 

David Gadoury has served APS in various capacities under 15 previous presidents of the Society, most recently as chair of​ APS Foundation. His advocacy of the Borlaug’s Army Initiative linked free undergraduate membership to internship programs, introducing hundreds of undergraduates to APS, many of whom are either now in graduate programs across the U.S., or are entering the workforce with graduate degrees. He has been a very effective ambassador of APS and our profession. 

Call for Outstanding Volunteer Award Nominations​

Nominate APS volunteers who go beyond the standard effort.

Do you know of a committee chair that made things happen and the committee accomplished its goals? How about someone who started a group that didn’t previously exist but was needed by the APS membership?

The Outstanding Volunteer Award​ recognizes APS ​members for excellent service in furthering the mission of APS through their volunteer efforts. These volunteers are the lifeblood of our society; they keep members informed and manage the details so the rest of us don't even have to think about it. 

It's time for you to tell us who these individuals are so APS can show them our appreciation. Don't let them go unnoticed!

How to Nominate​

Nominee must be an APS member. Current council members of APS are not eligible for this award, and senior editors are not eligible in their area of responsibility.

  • Send your one-page nomination letter (saved as a .pdf document) to the Senior Councilor​-at Large​ on or before June 30 each year.
  • Nominating letter to include a description of your nomin​ee’s recent volunteer activities (within the last five years) and how the nominee excelled in the quality, timeliness, and/or scope of these activities. 
  • Nominations will be reviewed by the Councilors-at Large. 
    • Nominations are held over for three years. 
    • More than one award may be given annually. 
  • Recipient(s) will be recognized at the APS Annual ​Meeting. ​

Outstanding Volunteer Awardees

2020: David Gadoury​

2019: J.P.​ Dundore-Arias​

2018: Christopher M. Wallis

2017: A​rin Eastburn and Renee Rioux

2016: Monica Elliott and Thomas Mitchell

2015: Maya C. Hayslett and Anissa M. Poleatewich

2013: Scott Adkins

2012: Gary Peterson

2010: Michelle Moyer and Dija Selimi

2007: Dick Stuckey

2006: Scott Gold and Gretchen Kuldau

2005: Joyce Loper and Don White