Student Presentation Awards

An award, sponsored by the Division of Gravitational Physics, for best presentation by a student will be made at each of the following annual regional meetings (Midwest Relativity Meeting, East Coast Gravity Meeting, Gulf Coast Gravity Meeting, Jim Isenberg Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting).

The award is $200 and gives the recipient the right to advertise her/himself as winning the Division of Gravitational Physics Best Student Presentation at the particular meeting.

Criteria governing the award:

  • The only candidates are those who have not yet officially received PhD degrees.
  • A member of the Division shall organize the judging of presentations. Judges may include faculty members and postdoctoral associates, but are not to include students.
  • The criteria for winning shall be a continuation of the criteria previously used for the award of the Bell prize at Pacific Coast Gravity Meetings. This means, in particular, that the quality of the research and of the presentation will be weighted as the judges see fit.
  • The Division member taking responsibility for organizing the judging will notify the Secretary-Treasurer, in advance of the meeting, and will notify the Secretary-Treasurer of the outcome of the judging, including contact information for the winner. The Secretary-Treasurer will then arrange to have the prize money sent to the winner.
  • The prize can be split, but this is strongly discouraged.


Congratulations to all of our past winners:

MeetingSpeakerTalk title
2024GCGM 10Purnima Narayan (UMiss)Impact of Strong Gravitational Lensing on GR Tests with BBH Signals
2024PCGM 40Elliott Gesteau (Caltech)Renormalizing sums over topologies
2023MRM 33Amanda Farah (UChicago)No need to know: Astrophysics-agnostic spectral siren cosmology
2023EGM 23Aviral Prakash (Penn State)QCD Phase Transitions in Binary Neutron Star Mergers: Simulations and Detectability
2023PCGM 39Yangyang Cai (University of Arizona)Principal null directions as trajectories of ultrarelativistic charged particles with radiation reaction
2022MRM 32Jann Zosso (ETHZ & UIUC)Cosmological tensions guiding the path beyond ΛCDM
2022PCGM 38Keefe Mitman (Caltech)The Importance of BMS Frames for Gravitational Wave Modeling
2021MRM 31Daine Danielson (Chicago)Vacuum Fluctuations Protect Causality in Quantum Gravity
2021PCGM 37Erik Wessel (Arizona)Gravitational Waves from Accretion Disk Instabilities
2020MRM 30Lindsay DeMarchi (Northwestern)Multi Messenger Observations of TZOs
2019EGM 22Elizabeth Bennewitz (Bodwin College) and Dante Iozzo (Cornell)Black-hole accretion in the presence of Dark Matter heating, and Limitations of Weyl Scalar Extraction
2019MRM 29Alvaro Ballon Bordo (Perimeter Institute & University of Waterloo)Thermodynamics of Lorentzian Taub-NUT spacetimes
2019PCGM 35Jacob Fields (BYU)Relativistic hydrodynamics with wavelet adaptive multi-resolution.
2018MRM28Maya Fishbach (University of Chicago) A standard siren measurement of the Hubble constant from GW170817 without the electromagnetic counterpart
2018EGM21Laura Johnson (CWRU)Partially Massless Decoupling Limit of Massive Gravity
2018EGM21Oliver Janssen (NYU)The no-boundary proposal: alive and well
2018PCGM34Maria Okounkova (Caltech)On choosing the start time of binary black hole ringdown
2017MWRM27Katelyn Breivik (Northwestern)Revealing the Milky Way’s black hole population with Gaia
2017EGM20Beatrice Bonga (Penn State)On the Conceptual Confusion in the Notion of Transverse-Traceless Modes
2017EGM20Rahul Kashyap (U MassDartmouth)Type Ia Supernovae through Spiral Instability in Binary White Dwarf Mergers
2017PCGM33Maximiliano Isi (Caltech)Polarizations of continuous gravitational waves in the advanced detector era
2016MWRM26Zoheyr Doctor (University of Chicago)Gravitational Wave Emulation Using Gaussian Process Regression
2016EGM19Jim Mertens (CWRU)Computing Observables in an Inhomogeneous Universe using Numerical Relativity
2016PCGM32Matt Giesler (Caltech)Nearly extremal binary black hole simulations
2015EGM18Béatrice Bonga (Penn State)The quadrupole formula with a positive cosmological constant
2015GCGM8Hector Okada da Silva (Ole Miss)A post-TOV formalism for relativistic stars
2015MRM25Hsin-Yu Chen (University of Chicago)Optimizing gravitational wave sources followup strategies
2014EGM17Philippe Landry (Guelph)Relativistic theory of surficial Love numbers
2014MRM24Kartik Prabhu (University of Chicago)Growth rate of black hole instabilities
2013GCGM7Laleh Sadeghian (WUSTL)Dark matter distributions around massive black holes: A fully general relativistic approach
2013MRM23Ben Farr (Northwestern)
2012MRM22Justin Ellis (UWM)
2012PCGM28Benson Way (UCSB) Finite Size Effects in Holographic Superconductors
2011MRM21Stephen Green (University of Chicago)
2010MRM20Benjamin Lackey (UWM)
2009MRM19Sam Gralla (University of Chicago)Electromagnetic Analog of Binary Black Hole Bobbing and Kicks
2008GCGM4Ian Vega (University of Florida)Field regularization for self-force problems
2008MRM18Sam Gralla (University of Chicago)
2007MRM17Jocelyn Read (UWM)
2007GCGM3Enrique Pazos (LSU)The effects of the background geometry on the extracted waveforms
2006MRM16Nicolas Yunes (Penn State)How to Kick a Hole and Other Eccentric Stories
2005MRM15Branson Stephens
2005EGM8Chad Middleton (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)Constrained Perturbative Expansion of the DGP Model
2005PCGM21Joey Shapiro-Key (Montana State University)Extending the WMAP Bound on the Size of the Universe
2004PCGM20Henriette Elvang (UCSB)Black Rings: Non-uniqueness of Black Holes in Supergravity
2004PCGM20Louis Rubbo (Montana State University)Identification and Subtraction of Bright Galactic Binaries from LISA Data
2004MRM14Ishai Ben-Dov (University of Chicago)
2003MRM13William Komp (UWM)
2003PCGM19Henriette Elvang (UCSB)Bubbles and Black Holes
2002MRM12Matthew Duez (UIUC)
2000PCGM16Veronika Hubeny (UCSB) Quasinormal modes of Schwarzschild-AdS black holes and their relevance for gauge theories
1999PCGM15Teviet Creighton (Caltech)Atmospheric gravity gradients: a low-frequency noise limit for LIGO
1997PCGM13Teviet Creighton (Caltech)Search techniques for periodic gravitational waves
1994PCGM10Rhett Herman (Montana State University)Charged pair production in the Reissner-Nordstrom black hole interior

If you know of a winner not listed here, please contact us.