In memory of Anne Mayes (1964-2011)

https://news.mit.edu/2011/obit-mayes

Please submit nominations through https://neutronscattering.org/nominations/.

A new prize has been set up by the Neutron Scattering Society of America in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in honor of Professor Anne Mayes, an outstanding scientist and attentive mentor. Her work showed the importance of fundamental research on polymers for solving societal problems related to clean energy and clean water. This award will be presented every four years at the International Conference on Neutron Scattering to accomplished women in the field of neutron scattering. By establishing this prize, the Society is recognizing the important contributions of women. A fund has been created in her name with a generous donation from MIT. To extend the sustainability of this award, the Society is seeking donations from its members. All donations will go into supporting this award only.

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Prize Selection Committee 2022

The next deadline for nominations will be in January 2022.

Chair:
TBD

Committee:

TBD

Purpose

This prize is in honor of Professor Anne Mayes, an outstanding scientist and attentive mentor. Her work showed the importance of fundamental research on polymers for solving societal problems related to clean energy and clean water. She was recognized with the APS John Dillon Medal for her research integrating theoretical and experimental studies of polymeric materials, with special emphasis on block copolymers and polymer surfaces and interfaces. Her neutron scattering work in the soft-matter and polymer science disciplines is well recognized, as is her mentoring of those who worked with her in her too short career.

This prize is aimed at women scientists carrying out neutron scattering research in North America that exemplify the characteristics that typified Anne’s work and life. Nominations from all career stages are welcome.

The committee will look for one or more of the following examples

  • Excellence in neutron research
  • Excellence in mentoring and coaching in the neutron sciences
  • Excellence in outreach and neutron science communication

Members of the Neutron Scattering Society of America may nominate other members of the society or non-members for this prize for neutron scattering research performed predominantly in North America.

Definition

The prize will consist of $1,500, a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient and a travel allowance up to $1,000 to attend the corresponding ICNS at which the prize will be awarded. The recipient will have an invited talk at the corresponding ICNS conference.

Timing

The NSSA Anne Mayes Neutron Scattering Prize is expected to be awarded every four years at the International Conference on Neutron Scattering (ICNS) meeting.

Nomination package should include:

Nominations should include:

  • A letter of nomination not to exceed 1,000 words evaluating the nominee’s qualifications and identifying the specific work to be recognized.
  • The nominee’s CV clearly identifying the work that relates to the award nomination. Do not include reprints unless they are not readily available electronically.
  • Up to two additional letters of support are required. Specific references to particularly important work should be made in the nomination and supporting letters.

Submit the nomination package in PDF format here: https://neutronscattering.org/nominations/

Nominations from historically underrepresented groups, specifically people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with non-binary gender identities, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged.