Health Physics Society Awards
The Health Physics Society (HPS) holds an awards ceremony each year at its annual meeting. At this ceremony the HPS honors individuals who have been selected by the Awards Committee members to be recognized for accomplishments and actions that meet the criteria of one of the HPS awards established in the Rules of the Society.
The Awards Committee is composed of the president and the four most recent past presidents of the Society, with the immediate past president serving as chair of the committee.
Following is a description of each of the HPS awards with a link to the list of recipients of the award.
Robley D. Evans Commemorative Medal
This award is given in memory and honor of Professor Evans in recognition of his outstanding and extraordinary dedication and contributions to radiation safety as physics educator, scientist, author, and humanitarian for more than 50 years. The recipient of this award demonstrates the extraordinary qualities exemplified by Professor Evans for excellence in scientific achievement, interdisciplinary capabilities, the applicability of science to real-world needs of radiation safety, and insight into simple solutions of difficult problems. The Evans Medal is not intended to be given annually or frequently. The Awards Committee has the discretionary power to not select an awardee in any given year.
Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award
Prior to 1984 this was called the Distinguished Achievement Award.
This award is designed to acknowledge outstanding contributions to the science and technology of radiation safety. The recipient of the award is recognized for accomplishments of fundamental importance to the practice, acceptance, and advancement of the profession of health physics. Other individuals who contributed in an outstanding way to the development of scientific knowledge for the protection of humankind and the environment can be permanently memorialized by the presentation of the award in their names.
Elda E. Anderson Award
This award is presented to a young member of the Health Physics Society to recognize excellence in (1) research or development, (2) discovery or invention, (3) devotion to health physics, and/or (4) significant contributions to the profession of health physics.
One of the unofficial traditions of the Society is breakfast at the annual meeting in honor of the awardee and sponsored by and attended by past recipients. At that breakfast, a photograph of the current and prior awardees is taken. You will find all the available Anderson Breakfast photos in the Photo Gallery.
Prior to 1984 this was called the Meritorious Performance Award. The award consists of a plaque and Life Membership in the Society.
This award is designed to recognize exceptional service to the HPS or the health physics profession. The recipient of the award is recognized for recent contributions to the Society. In addition, others who were instrumental in the formation or development of the HPS can be permanently memorialized by the presentation of the award in their names.
This award is designed to honor senior members of the Society who have made significant administrative, educational, and/or scientific contributions to the profession of health physics.
Distinguished Public Service Award
This award and associated memorialization(s) are intended to acknowledge outstanding:
Geoffrey G. Eichholz Outstanding Science Teacher Award
This award honors teachers who have made significant contributions to educating students in topics related to the field of radiation safety.
National Student Science Award
This award recognizes outstanding contributions by students in grades 6–12 to the understanding of the applications of radiation and its impact on the environment and health. Nominations for this award can be made by any plenary member of the Society or by a chapter. This award is presented at a meeting of the nominating chapter or a chapter near the awardee's residence.
Health Physics Honor Roll
This award is given posthumously to honor Society
members who significantly contributed to the profession of health physics
during their careers, but were not otherwise honored by the Society during
their lifetimes. Such contributions may
include—but are not limited to—education, research, and administration.
G. William Morgan Lectureship Award
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