ASED Young Investigator Award

Protocol for ASED Young Investigator Award at the AVS International Symposium

The Advanced Surface Engineering Division (ASED) of AVS establishes the ASED Young Investigator Award to recognize outstanding participation and research based on presentations in ASED program sessions at the AVS International Symposium. PhD students or engineers/researchers from industry or academia up to 3 years after PhD graduation, who are/will be members of the ASED of AVS, are eligible. Up to three finalists will be selected. Each finalist will receive a certificate and $500 prize after presenting his/her work at the Symposium. One first prize winner will be selected to receive an additional $500 ($1000 total). Members of the ASED AVS Program Committee will judge all nominations and make the selection of finalists and first prize winner, the latter based on the quality of the presentation and a 20-minute interview conducted during the Symposium week.

Nomination Procedure

The Nominator, who is either the supervisor of the young researcher or a senior colleague in the case of a junior academic, shall submit the following items to the current Chair of the ASED Awards Committee by the Abstract Submission deadline for AVS International Symposium (late or incomplete applications will not be evaluated):

  • Recommendation letter from the Nominator
  • Abstract submitted to the ASED program of the AVS International Symposium; both oral and poster presentations are eligible
  • Two-page description of the research of the young investigator, including a clear and concise description of the aim of the research and its relationship to the status of the field, a summary of the applicant’s specific contributions, exceptional ability, and future promise
  • Resume, which shall include education and employment history with dates, awards and honors received, current professional/technical affiliations (including AVS) and related activities, and complete publication list with full citations

Nomination Submission and Deadline: The same as the Abstract Submission Deadline (the year of the AVS Symposium)

All nomination materials must be compiled by the Nominator and submitted as a package. The complete nomination package is to be sent electronically to the current Chair of the ASED Awards Committee ( such that it is received by the Abstract Submission Deadline. Late or incomplete application packages will not be evaluated.