International Organization of Chinese Physicists and Astronomers

Outstanding Dissertation

Outstanding Dissertation Award (ODA)

The International Organization of Chinese Physicists and Astronomers (OCPA) welcomes nominations for the inaugural 2016 Outstanding Dissertation Award (ODA). The award is given annually to up-to-four Ph.D. recipients of Chinese ethnicity world-wide, in the field of physics and/or astronomy. Each year the award carries a total cash prize of USD $1000. Each recipient may receive a maximum of USD $500.

Nomination

An ODA candidate should be nominated by his/her thesis advisor and should have received the Ph.D. degree within the past two calendar years. For the 2016 nomination, the cutoff time is January 2014. The following materials should be submitted to support the nomination:

  1. A brief statement by the nominator describing the research work for which the candidate is nominated and its potential impact.
  2. A résumé and a list of major publications of the candidate.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.

We strongly encourage that all nomination material be submitted in PDF format to the Awards chair by email. The deadline for the receipt of the nomination material is extended to May 20, annually. The nomination will be active for 2 calendar years, subjected to the conditions delineated above. In the nomination, please clearly indicate the sub-field within physics and astronomy.  (See below regarding OCPA Divisions.)  The nomination material should be sent directly to the chair of the OCPA Awards Committee.

Nu Xu
Central China Normal University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
MS70R0319 One Cyclotron Road
Berkeley, CA 94720, USA    
nxu@lbl.gov
Mobile:510­289­8119
Phone: 510­495­2951
Fax: 510­486­4818

Winners


The inaugural winners are:

En-Chuan Huang, U Illinois Ph.D., UIUC

Citation: For his significant role in the analysis of data from the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino experiment leading to a precise determination of a neutrino mixing angle responsible for the phenomenon of neutrino oscillation, and for his major role in a global analysis setting a stringent limit on the existence of a new type of neutrino.
 

Guo-Qian Liao, Institute of Physics Ph.D., IoP/CAS (Nominated by Yu-Tong Li; IoP/CAS)

Citation: For his excellent experimental and theoreticalwork in investigating intense-terahertz (THz) radiation from relativistic laser-solid interactions, especially demonstrating coherent THz transition radiation with energies of sub-mJ/pulse, and demonstrating mode conversion mechanism from laser-excited plasma waves to THz radiation.
 

Feihu Xu, U Toronto Ph.D., MIT (Nominated by Hoi-Kwong Lo; U. Toronto)

Citation: For his outstanding Ph.D. thesis work at the University of Toronto on quantum information, particularly quantum cryptography. Dr. Xu has made key contributions to both the theory and experiment of quantum cryptography. He was among the first to hack successfully a commercial quantum key distribution system. And, he was the first in the world to implement experimentally a loss-tolerant protocol that takes encoding flaws in quantum key distribution into account.
 

Ming Yi, Stanford Ph.D., UC Berkeley

Citation: For her pioneering contribution in elucidating the electronic structure of iron based superconductors.