Formerly known as Outstanding Advanced Graduate Student Award (before 2006), consists of $500 and a certificate to honor the outstanding advanced graduate student who is in his/her last year of the Ph.D. program in each of the programs. This award is based on excellence in research as evidenced by publications in refereed journals and coursework demonstrated by GPA. Where applicable, teaching and service will also be taken into account. Research advisors should nominate the student to the executive committee for selection.
Consists of $300 and a certificate to honor the outstanding second year graduate student in each of the programs. The award is based on excellence in coursework as evidenced by GPA and the Ph.D. qualifying exam obtaining the highest aggregate.
Consists of $300 and a certificate to honor the outstanding performance in conducting laboratory sessions. The eligible students should have completed the relevant teaching course (6300) and should have previously taught at least 4 laboratory sessions. In the year of the award, the student should have conducted at least 3 laboratory sessions. The award is based on excellence in teaching as evidenced by the performance in relevant courses, and the laboratory teaching, student comments and any other relevant criteria. In general, one Astronomy and one Physics award will be given in an year.