Student Awards/Grants

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2012 and 2013 Art Guenther awards! Please click on the following links to read their biographies

The IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) acknowledges the importance of student contributions for the present and future development of the fields embraced by the NPSS umbrella and it actively encourages student participation. To that end, the following four awards and grants are made available to outstanding students participating in PPPS-2013:

Best Student Paper Awards

DEADLINE: 29 March 2013

The IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society will honor the four best student papers presented at the conference. The purpose of these awards is to encourage both outstanding student contributions and greater student participation as principal or sole authors of papers as well as to acknowledge the importance of student contributions to the fields embraced by the NPSS Modern Buildingsumbrella. The four best submissions will receive cash awards of $500 and a certificate.

To qualify for consideration the student must identify their interest forinclusion on registration of their abstract and include a supporting letter from their supervisor sent to the student awards co-ordinator (see below). Any student who is the principal author/researcher and the presenter of either an oral or poster paper at the PPPS-2013 conference and who has been identified as a student author will be eligible.

The deadline for submissions is March 29, 2013.

The work presented should be the majority work of the student and will be judged on grounds of orginality, value to the community and delivery. A judging panel of four will be chosen to represent the breadth of the PPPS community. At the conference, the on-site awards committee will rank the papers for technical content and originality first. Other criteria such as graphic display and clarity of data presentation may be considered. If there is a tie, preference will be given 1) to IEEE NPSS members, 2) to IEEE members; 3) to non-IEEE members.

Mark Sinclair

The Arthur H. Guenther Student Award:

The Pulsed Power Science and Technology Committee's Outstanding Pulsed Power Student Award was renamed the Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award in 2007 following the passing of Dr. Guenther. A recipient is selected each year but awarded biennially at the Pulsed Power Conference Banquet.

For award descriptions and nominations forms, click here.

NOMINATION DEADLINE: OPEN 12 November 2012; CLOSE 18 January 2013


Dr. Frank E. Peterkin
A list of prior award recipients from 1981 to 2011 is maintained on the IEEE NPSS PPST/TC website and can be found here.

Student travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available to encourage students who are IEEE members to attend PPPS 2013.  The travel grants pay for student conference registration and two nights at the conference hotel.

Only "First author" abstracts submitted by students are eligible for travel grant. Moreover, the abstract should be original (not published elsewhere).

Applicants should submit the following information by Fri., March 8th, 2013.  All applicants will be informed by 5 April 2013 of the status of their awards.  Applicants should not register for the conference until after the 5 April 2013 date. 

Applications have to be submitted online:

For further information, please contact

The Paul Phelps Continuing Education Grant

      The Paul Phelps Continuing Education Grant is available for attendees to the special mini-course “Aspects of High Energy Density Physics” at the IEEE 2013 Pulsed Power & Plasma Science Conference (PPPS 2013).

      This grant was established by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) to promote continuing education and encourage membership in the NPSS. This award will support at least two outstanding students or unemployed members of the NPSS to attend the mini-course for the purpose of aiding their future career or enabling a career change. The award will consist of the prepayment of the mini-course registration fee and partial payment of the PPPS Conference fee.  No other travel expenses will be reimbursed.

      Applicants must be either a Student Member of the IEEE or an unemployed IEEE NPSS member. Information on joining the IEEE as a Student Member or enrolling in NPSS can be found at  Applicants must submit the form found at under “NPSS Paul Phelps Continuing Education Grant” by April 26, 2013 to the mini-course organ\izer at