The SIAM Activity Group on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Early Career Prize, established in 2016, is awarded to an outstanding early career researcher in the field of CSE for distinguished contributions to the field, within seven (7) years of receiving the PhD or equivalent degree as of January 1 of the year of the award.
The candidate's work must be a significant research contribution to the development and use of mathematical and computational tools and methods for the solution of science and engineering problems. The award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding, influential, and potentially long-lasting contributions to computational science and engineering within seven (7) years of receiving the PhD or equivalent degree as of January 1 of the year of the award. The contribution(s) for which the award is made must be publicly available and may belong to any aspect of computational science and engineering in its broadest sense. The committee may consider exceptions to the seven-year rule, for career interruptions or delays occurring, e.g., for child bearing, child rearing, or elder care. The award can be received only once in a lifetime.
The recipient will be selected by the SIAG/CSE Prize Committee on the Early Career Prize. This committee will consist of a panel of at least five SIAG/CSE members. The SIAG Chair, in consultation with the other officers, will form a list of at least five SIAG/CSE members to serve on the prize selection committee, will designate the chair, and will submit the list to the SIAM Vice President at Large (SIAM VP) for approval prior to inviting the committee members to serve. The SIAG officers will seek to ensure a diverse composition of the prize committee in research area, gender, geography, employment sector (industry, national laboratories, universities), and under-represented groups.
The term of office will be from the date of appointment until the date of the award.
Rules of Operation
The Prize Selection Committee will solicit nominations for the prize from the general membership of the SIAG/CSE using SIAM office resources as needed.
If the committee member accepts nomination for the award, the SIAG officers will appoint a replacement upon notification by the committee chair and with the approval of the SIAM VP.
Recommendation of the Prize Committee
The Prize Committee will notify the SIAM VP of its selection at least six months prior to the award date. The notification must be accompanied by a written justification and a citation not exceeding 25 words that can be used for a certificate and read at award time.
The SIAM VP will accept or reject the committee's recommendation within one month of notification.
If the recommendation is accepted, the award presentation will be made according to the procedure below. If the recommendation is not accepted, the SIAM VP and the Prize Committee will select an acceptable individual at least four months prior to the award date.
The Selection Committee has the authority to choose to abstain from giving the award if there is not an acceptable individual, i.e. if there are not enough nominations. If the award is not given, a new Selection Committee will be selected for the next award cycle.
Notification of Award
The Chair of the Prize Committee will notify the recipient of the award at least four months in advance of the award date. As part of the notification, an invitation will also be extended to the recipient to attend the award ceremony at the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering to receive the award.
Description of Award
The award will consist of a certificate containing the citation. SIAM will make travel funds available to reimburse the recipient for reasonable travel expenses incurred in attending the award ceremony.
The prize is awarded every second year (starting in 2017) at the biennial SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering.
Since there is no cash award and minimal expenses are associated with the prize, there will be no prize fund.
The SIAG/CSE Chair and the Chair of the Prize Committee will announce the award at the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering and present the award to the recipient. An announcement of the award will appear in SIAM News, on the SIAG website, and in the SIAG Newsletter.