Faculty Honors & Awards

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Faculty and students in the School of Physical Sciences are regularly recognized for their outstanding contributions to the sciences. Our outstanding faculty have earned many prestigious awards and accolades. Some of the highlights are listed below:
Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Physics:
The school gained international prominence in 1995 when professors F. Sherwood Rowland (Chemistry) and Frederick Reines (Physics) each received Nobel Prizes, making UC Irvine the first public university with faculty honored in two different fields in the same year.
UCI Medal (the highest honor awarded by UCI)
  • Frederick Reines, 1987
  • Norman Rostoker, 1999
Presidential Medal of Science
  •  Frederick Reines, 1983
Awards of the Office of the President
 
Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
  • Roger McWilliams, Inaugural Winner, 1994
Lauds and Laurels Awards of the UCI Alumni Association
 
Distinguished Research
  • Alexei A. Maradudin, 1973
  • Douglas L. Mills, 1984
Extraordinarius
  • Alexei A. Maradudin, 1976
  • Willliam H. Parker, 1989
Distinguished Teaching
  • William Heidbrink, 1995

UCI Academic Senate Awards
 
UCI Academic Senate Distinguished Faculty Award for Research
  •    Wilson Ho, 2005
UCI Academic Senate Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching
  •   Michael Dennin, 2007
UCI Academic Senate Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Research
  • Michael Dennin, 2001
  • Jonathan Feng, 2004
  • Thorsten Ritz, 2007
UCI Academic Senate Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Teaching
  • David Kirkby, 2004
UCI Academic Senate Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr. Distinguished University Service Award
  • William H. Parker, 1980, 2008
  • Roger McWilliams, 2005
  • William H. Parker, 2008
UCI Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
  • Michael Dennin, 2000
  • Gary Chanan, 2002    
UCI Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award
  • Frederick Reines, 1979
  • Norman Rostoker, 1989
Fellows of the American Physical Society
  • Frederick Reines, 1957
  • Norman Rostoker, 1960
  • Richard Wallis, 1962
  • Alexei A. Maradudin, 1963
  • Meinhard Mayer, 1966
  • Gaurang Yodh, 1968
  • Walter Bron, 1969
  • Nathan Rynn, 1969
  • Douglas L. Mills, 1977
  • Myron Bander, 1980
  • Liu Chen, 1981
  • Zachary Fisk, 1985
  • Toshiki Tajima, 1988
  • Virginia Trimble, 1988
  • Gerard VanHoven, 1988
  • Enrico Gratton, 1991
  • Jonas Schultz, 1991
  • Wilson Ho, 1995
  • William Molzon, 1995
  • Igor Dzyaloshinskii, 1996
  • William Heidbrink, 1996
  • Hank Sobel, 1998
  • Steve White, 1998
  • Riley Newman, 1999
  • Peter Taborek, 1999
  • Andrew Lankford, 2000
  • Ruqian Wu, 2001
  • Steve Barwick, 2003
  • Gregory Benford, 2004
  • Roger McWilliams, 2004
  • Clare Yu, 2005
  • Zhihong Lin, 2006
  • Jon Lawrence, 2007
  • Kieron Burke, 2008
  • Jonathan Feng, 2008
  • David Kirkby, 2008
  • Thorsten Ritz, 2012
  • Zuzanna Siwy, 2013
  • Timothy Tait, 2013
Faculty Awards List
 
Jun Allard
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship 2010
  • Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences IGTC Fellowship, 2009
  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (Doctoral), 2007
  • NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship (Master's), 2006
  • Nellie and Ralph Jeffrey Award in Mathematics, 2004, Queen's University Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award, 2004, Dalhousie University Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science
  • Susan Near Prize in Mathematics, 2002, Queen's University Department of  Mathematics and Statistics
Myron Bander
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Sloan Research Fellowships, 1962-69
  • American Physical Society, Fellow 1980
Aaron Barth
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Yale University, 1990
  • Hubble Fellowship, 2001 – 2004
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2006
Steven Barwick
  • Irvine Faculty Fellowship Award for Research, 1991, 1993
  • NSF Young Investigator Award, 1992
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 1999, 2009
  • American Physical Society, Fellow 2003
Gregory Benford
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellowship 1963
  • Nebula Award (Science Fiction) 1975
  • Cambridge University, Fellow 1976
  • Australian Ditmar Award 1980
  • International Campbell Award 1980
  • Nebula Award (Science Fiction) 1980
  • United Nations Medal in Literature 1989
  • Lord Foundation Award in Science 1995
  • American Physical Society, Fellow, 2004
  • Isaac Asimov Memorial Award, 2007
James Bullock
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Ohio State University, 1993
  • Alpheus Smith Prize, Ohio State Physics department, 1994
  • Senior Alumni Award for outstanding Ohio State physics undergraduate, 1994
  • NSF GAANN Graduate Fellowship, 1994 - 1997
  • Associate Member of Sigma Xi Research Society, 1997
  • Northern California Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Scholarship, 1997
  • Hubble Fellowship, 2001
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow, 2008
  • UCI Celebration of Teaching Award for Instructional Technology Innovation (2011)
  • UCI Physical Sciences Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education Award (2011)
  • Visiting Miller Professorship (2011)
David Buote
  • Chandra Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1998-2000
  • UCI Faculty Career Development Award for Assistant Professor, 2003   
Kieron Burke
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, 1999 - 2003
  • International Journal of Quantum Chemistry Young Investigator Award, 2000
  • Faculty of Arts & Sciences Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education, 2003
  • Rutgers University-wide Susman Award for Teaching, 2006
  • American Physical Society, Fellow 2008
Dave Casper
  • Bruno Rossi Prize for Astrophysics(with Kamiokande and IMB collaborations), 1989
  • University of Michigan Distinguished Dissertation Award, 1991
  • Department of Energy (DOE) Outstanding Junior Investigator Award, 2004
Gary Chanan
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Sloan Research Fellowships, 1982-86
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 1988
  • UCI Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, 2002
Liu Chen
  • American Physical Society, Fellow, 1981
  • Japan Society for Promotion of Sciences Fellowship, 1980, 2003)
  • Miller Visiting Research Professorship, UC Berkeley, 1987
  • American Physical Society Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research, 2004
  • Guangbiao Visiting Chair Professorship, ZheJiang University, 2004
  • Hannes Alfven Prize by the Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society, 2008
  • Lee Kuo-Ting Visitng Chair Professorship, National Central University, Taiwan, R.O.C. 2007
  • American Association for Advancement of Science, Fellow, 2009
  • American Geophysical Union, Fellow, 2011
Alexander Chernyshev
  • Research Innovation Award, Research Corporation, 2003
  • Award of International Center for Fundamental Physics (Moscow), for Junior Scientists, 1995, 1996
Philip Collins
  • Carl. A Helmholz Graduate Student Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley, 1996 - 1998
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2003
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 2004
  • UCI Office of Network and Academic Computing Services:  Instructional Innovation Using Technology, 2005
Asantha Cooray
  • Sigma Xi & Sigma Pi Sigma
  • McCormick Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1997 - 1999
  • Nathan Sugarman Award for Excellence in Research, Enrico Fermi Institute, 2000
  • Sherman Fairchild Senior Research Fellowship, Caltech
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2007
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 2007
  • UCI Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, 2007   
Michael Dennin
  • DuPont de Nemours Fellowship, 1988
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant, 1989
  • AT&T Bell Lab Graduate Fellowship (offered 1990, declined), 1990
  • David S. Saxon Award for Outstanding First Year Graduate Researcher, 1990
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 1990 - 93
  • Order of Omega Outstanding Faculty Member, 1998
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education,  1998
  • Outstanding/Inspirational Professor within School of Physical Sciences, 1999
  • Research Innovation Award, presented by Research Corporation, 1999
  • UCI Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research, 2000
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Sloan Research Fellowship, 2000-02
  • Cottrell Scholar, 2000 - 02
  • UCI Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Research, 2001-02
  • UCI-IRC Celebration of Teaching Award, 2006, 2009
  • UCI Academic Senate Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, 2007-08
Igor Dzyaloshinskii
  • Lomonosov Prize 1972
  • USSR Academy of Sciences, Member 1974
  • Order of Honor 1975
  • Order of Red Banner of Labour 1981
  • State Prize of USSR 1984
  • L. D. Landau Prize 1989
  • American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Member 1991
  • American Physical Society, Fellow, 1996
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow, 2002
Jonathan Feng
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1987
  • Marshall Scholarship, 1988
  • Kirkpatrick Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stanford University, 1993
  • Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Scholarship, 1994
  • Miller Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 1995
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Visiting Fellowship, 1996
  • Taplin Membership, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1998
  • Michelson Prize in Physics, 2001
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2003
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Sloan Research Fellowships, 2004
  • UCI Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Research, 2004
  • Outstanding Young Researcher Award, Overseas Chinese Physics Association,  2004
  • American Physical Society, Fellow 2008
  • 2006 Chancellor's Fellow, UC Irvine.
  • 2006 Kavli Frontier Fellow, National Academy of Sciences.
  • 2010 Heinz R. Pagels Memorial Lecturer, Aspen Center for Physics.
  • 2012 Simons Fellowship in Theoretical Physics.
Zachary Fisk
  • Fellow of the Los Alamos National Lab, 1984
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1985
  • Distinguished Performance Award, Los Alamos National Lab, 1985
  • International Prize for New Materials, American Physical Society, 1990
  • E.O. Lawrence Award, 1992
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1994
  • National Academy of Sciences, 1996
Enrico Gratton
  • University of Illinois, Xerox Award for Faculty Research, April 1988
  • Associate in the Center for Advanced Study, 1991-1992
  • American Physical Society Fellow, 1991
  • Listed on "Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students," for Spring  Semester, Physics 101: General Physics, 2003
  • 6th Annual MSPAC Outstanding Advisor Award" by the Medical Scholars Program Advisory Committee of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005
  • Gregorio Weber Award for Excellence in Fluorescence Theory and Application,  (Biological Fluorescence Subgroup, Long Beach, CA.), 2005
Herbert Hamber
  • Fulbright Fellow, 1977-1982
  • Cern Fellow, 1994
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 1996
  • Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1983
William Heidbrink
  • IEEE Outstanding Thesis award, 1984
  • UCI Lauds and Laurels Awards of the UCI Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award
  • American Physical Society Fellow, 1996
  • American Physical Society Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research, 2004
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 1991, 2000
Wilson Ho
  • Sigma Xi Award,1975
  • Sigma Xi Award, 1979
  • American Physical Society W. Nottingham Prize,  1979
  • American Chemical Society Victor K. LaMer Prize,  1980
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Sloan Research Fellowships, 1981
  • American Physical Society, Fellow, 1995
  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists, 1997
  • Bonn Chemistry Prize, 2000
  • UCI Academic Senate Distinguished Faculty Award for Research, 2005
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow, 2009
  • American Vacuum Society Medard W. Welch Award, 2011
  • Jubilee Professorship at Chalmers University, 2013
  • American Physical Society Irving Langmuir Prize, 2013
Herbert Hopster
  • IBM Worldtrade Postdoctoral Fellow, 1978
  • Visiting Scientist, ETH and IBM Research, Zurich, 1991
  • Visiting Scientist, KFA Julich, 1992
  • Sony Sabbatical Chair, Yokohama, 1995
Manoj Kaplinghat
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 2009
David Kirkby
  • Department of Energy (DOE) Outstanding Junior Investigator Award, 2002
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Sloan Research Fellowships, 2003
  • UCI Distinguished Asst Professor Award for Teaching, 2004
  • UCI-IRC Instructional Technology Award, 2004
  • American Physical Society, Fellow 2008
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 2008
Ilya Krivorotov
  • Diploma Cum laude, Tomsk State University, 1994
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Minnesota, 1999
  • University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2001
  • University of Minnesota Aneesur Rahman Award, 2002
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2007-2008
Andrew Lankford
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Sloan Research Fellowships, 1972-74
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 1997
  • American Physical Society, Fellow, 2000
  • Stewardship Star from the University Advancement, 2009
Jon Lawrence
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 1986
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2007
Zhihong Lin
  • Department of Energy (DOE) Fusion Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1995 - 1997
  • Kaul Foundation Prize for Excellence in Plasma Physics and Technology Development, Princeton, 1999
  • Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2000
  • Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, 2000
  • Department of Energy (DOE) Plasma Physics Junior Faculty Develoment Award, 2003
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, 2004
  • American Physical Society, Fellow 2006
  • Chang Jiang Scholars, Ministry of Education, China, 2009
Alexei Maradudin
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1953
  • Tau Beta Pi, 1953
  • Sigma Xi, 1953
  • American Physical Society, Fellow 1963
  • Marshall Scholar, 1954-1956
  • UCI Alumni Association Lauds and Laurels Award - Distinguished Research, 1973
  • UCI Alumni Association Lauds and Laurels Award - Extraordinarius, 1976
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, U.S. Senior Scientist Award, 1980-81
  • Docteur Honoris Causa - Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, 1986
  • Electromagnetics Academy Member, 1990
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow, 1993
  • Elected to Commission B of URSI (the International Union for Radio Science), 1995
  • Resnick Lecturer, Bar-Ilan University, 1996
  • Institute of Physics (U.K.), Fellow, 1997
  • Optical Society of America, Fellow, 1997
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 2002
  • Fellow of the Electromagnetics Academy, 2007  
Meinhard Mayer
  • American Physical Society, Fellow, 1966
  • College de France Medal, 1986
Roger McWilliams
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • UCI Faculty Honors Convocation Speaker, 1977
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 1984
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 1994
  • UCI Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, Inaugural Winner, 1994
  • UCI Faculty Honors Convocation Speaker, 1997
  • UCI Academic Senate Daniel G.
  • Jr. Distinguished University Service Award, 2005
  • American Physical Society, Fellow, 2004
D. L. Mills
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Sloan Research Fellowships, 1968-70
  • American Physical Society, Fellow, 1977
  • Yamada Foundation, Fellow, 1984
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 1985
  • UCI Alumni Association Lauds and Laurels Award - Distinguished Research, 1987
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Sr. Fellowship, 1990
  • Masse Honor Lecturer, Kansas State University, 1992
  •  American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow, 2008
 
William Molzon
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Sloan Research Fellowships, 1985
  • Outstanding Jr. Investigator, Department of Energy (DOE), 1985
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1995
Riley Newman
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Sloan Research Fellowships, 1970
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 1987
  • American Physical Society, Fellow, 1999
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 2006
Lewis Nosanow
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1966
Sid Parameswaran
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Sloan Research Fellowships, 1968-70
  • John Price Wetherill Medal, The Franklin Institute, 1975
  • UCI Academic Senate Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr. Distinguished University Service Award, 1980, 2008
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 1979, 1983
William Parker
  • Simons Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 2011-2014.
  • Centennial Fellowship of the Graduate School, Princeton University, 2006-2011.
  • Friends of Davis International Center Graduate Student Teaching Prize, Princeton University, 2010.
  • Departmental Teaching Prize, Physics, Princeton University, 2008, 2009.
  • Renaissance Full-Tuition Scholarship, University of Rochester, 2002-2006.
  • John Flagg Prize in Physics, University of Rochester, 2006.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Rochester, 2005.
  • Stoddard Prize in Mathematics, University of Rochester, 2003.
  • Sophomore Honors Prize, Physics, University of Rochester, 2003.
Frederick Reines
  • Sigma Xi, 1944
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Centennial Lecturer, University of Maryland, 1956
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1957
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1958-1959
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 1959-1963
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow, 1966
  • Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1966
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1969
  • Stevens Honor Award, 1971
  • Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, University of California, Irvine, 1979
  • Fellow, American Association Advancement of Science, 1979
  • National Academy of Sciences, 1980
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Prize, 1981
  • National Medal of Science, awarded by the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan 1983
  • Honorary Doctor of Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1984
  • Medal for Outstanding Research, University of California, Irvine, 1985
  • L.I. Schiff Memorial Lecturer, Stanford, 1988
  • Albert Einstein Memorial Lecturer, Israel Academy of the Sciences and Humanities, Jerusalem, 1988
  • Bruno Rossi Prize, American Astronomical Society, 1989, (with Members of the IMB Collaboration, Wojciech Gajewski, William R. Kropp, LeRoy Price, Jonas Schultz, Henry W. Sobel and Craig R. Wuest)
  • Michelson-Morley Award, 1990
  • Goudschmidt Memorial Lecturer, 1990
  • New York University Plaque, 1990
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, New York University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, 1990
  • W.K.H. Panofsky Prize, 1992
  • The Franklin Medal, awarded by Benjamin Franklin Institute Committee on Science and the Arts, 1992
  • Foreign Member Russian Academy of Sciences, 1994
  • NOBEL LAUREATE IN PHYSICS, 1995
Thorsten Ritz
  • German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung) Fellow, 1991-1996
  • Best Dissertation Award, University of Ulm, 2001
  • Institute of Physics UK, Fellow, 2004
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Sloan Research Fellowships, 2005
  • Cottrell Scholar, 2006 - 07
  • UCI Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Research, 2007-08
  • 2011 Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation, UK
  • 2012 Fellow of the American Physical Society
John Rosendahl
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 1995.
Norman Rostoker
  • American Physical Society, Fellow, 1960
  • American Physical Society, Chairman-Plasma Physics Division, 1972
  • James Clerk Maxwell Prize in Plasma Physics, American Physical Society, 1988
  • UCI Academic Senate Distinguished Faculty Award for Research, 1989
  • UCI Medal, 1999
  • UCI  Office of Technology Alliances Innovation Award (Plasma Electric Generator), 2005
  • Foreign Member Russian Academy of Sciences, 2008
James Rutledge
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 1984
Nathan Rynn
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, 1992
  • American Physical Society Fellow, 1969
  • Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, Switzerland, Professeur Invite
  • Ecole Polytechnique de Palaiseau, France, Professeur Invite
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 1978
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Life Fellow 1980
Jonas Schultz
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 1980
  • American Astronomical Society, Bruno Rossi Prize 1989
  • American Physical Society, Fellow, 1991
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow, 1994
Yuri Shirman
  • Richard P. Feynman fellowship, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2002-2005
Zuzanna Siwy
  • Prize of President of the Silesian University of Technology, "Omnium Studiosorum Optimo" for the best graduates from the Silesian University of Technology, 1995
  • Prize of the Foundation of the Silesian Univ. of Technology for outstanding results in research, 1995
  • MCBN UNESCO fellowship, 3-month visit, St. George's Hospital Medical School, London, U.K., 1996
  • Prize of the Foundation for Polish Science for outstanding results in research, 1997
  • Prize of the Polish Minister of Education for the PhD Thesis, 1998
  • Fellowship of the Foundation for Polish Science for 1-year research work at the Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Materials Research Department, 2000
  • Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for 1-year research work at GSI, Materials Research Department, 2000
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Sloan Research Fellowships, 2007
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2007-2008
  • 2013 Fellow of the American Physical Society
Tammy Smecker-Hane
  • American Fellowship, American Association of University Women, 1991
  • Amelia Earhart Fellowship, Zonta International Foundation, 1991
  • Davis Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 1989-1991
  • NATO-NSF Post Doctoral Fellowship, 1993
  • AAS/AAUW Annie Jump Cannon Special Commendation of Honor, 1995
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 2001
  • Pacesetter Award, Academic and Professional Women of UC Irvine, 2006
Henry Sobel
  • American Physical Society, Fellow 1998
  • American Astronomical Society, Bruno Rossi Prize 1989
  • Asahi Prize in Physics, 1999
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow, 2008
  • The Bruno Pontecorvo Prize, 2009
Toshiki Tajima
  • Fellow, American Physical Society (1988) (for laser acceleration)
  • Farrington Daniels Award (2005) (for laser driven particle therapy)
  • Suwa Prize (2006) (laser acceleration)
  • Nishina Memorial Prize (2006) (laser acceleration)
  • Blaise Pascal Chair award (2009) (high field science)
  • Einstein Professorship (Chinese Academy of Sciences) award (2013) (high field science)
  • Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  • Member, National Research Council (Commission H) of the National Academy
  • of Science (global magnetospheric dynamics)
  • Robert W. Hamilton Award (1997, University Cooperative Society) (plasma astrophysics)
  • JAERI Excellence Prize (1999) (high field science simulation)
  • Fellow, JAEA (2008) photo-medical research)
  • JAEA President’s Award (2008)(relativistic mirror)
  • Achievement Prize, Laser Society of Japan (2012) (laser engineering)
Peter Taborek
  • American Physical Society, Fellow, 1999
  • UCI Academic Senate Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, 2006-07 (team award with Ara Aprkarian and Ken Janda)
Timothy Tait
  • 2013 Fellow of the American Physical Society
Virginia Trimble
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1963
  • Phi Beta Kappa UCLA, 1964
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellow, 1966-68
  • Sigma Xi, 1969
  • NATO Research Fellowship, 1969 - 1970
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Sloan Research Fellowships, 1972 - 1974
  • Maryland Academy of Sciences, Outstanding Young Scientist, 1976
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow, 1982
  • National Academy of Sciences, J. Murray Luck Prize for Excellence in Scientific Reviewing, 1986
  • Utah State University, Ralph M. Johnson Distinguished Lecturer, 1987
  • American Physical Society, Fellow, 1988
  • Schopp Memorial Lecturer (endowed) San Diego State University, 1999
  • AAS Second Century Speakers' Panel, 2000
  • Elected a Foreign Associate of the Royal Astronomical Society, London, 2001     
  • Paul Klopsteg Memorial Prize and Lectureship, American Association of Physics Teachers, 2001
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Lecturer (32nd), 2002
  • 10th Shaw Memorial Lecture, Southern Illinois University, 2002
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Robert Resnick Lecturer, 2005
  • Ninth Pappalardo Distinguished Lecture in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006
  • Caroline Herschel Visiting Scholar, Space Telescope Science Institute, 2008
  • Doctora Honoris Causa, University of Valencia (Spain), 2010
  • George Van Biesbroeck Prize of the American Astronomical Society, 2011
Richard Wallis
  • American Physical Society, Fellow 1962
  • Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award-The George Washington University 1991
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow 1994
Steve White
 
            * National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship, 1982-1985
            * Andrew D. White Supplementary Fellowship, 1982-1985
            * IBM Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1988-1989
            * American Physical Society, Fellow, 1998
            * American Physical Society, Division Councillor for Computational Physics, 1999
            * American Physical Society Aneesur Rahman Prize, 2003
            * Physical Review Letters Milestone Paper of 1992 (selected 2008)
            * American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow, 2008
 
Daniel Whiteson
 
            * Department of Energy (DOE) Outstanding Junior Investigator Award, 2008
            * Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Sloan Research Fellowships, 2010
 
Ruqian Wu
 
            * American Physical Society, Fellow, 2001
            * D.E. Bianchi Faculty Award for Outstanding Research (CSUN),  1999
 
Gaurang Yodh
  • Elphinstone College Merit Scholar, Bombay, 1944-46
  • University of Bombay Gold Medal, 1948
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Member, 1968
  • American Physical Society, Fellow, 1968
  • University of Maryland,Chancellor's Distinguished Scholar Award, 1980 - 1981
  • Association of Indians in America, Washington Chapter, Outstanding Citizen Award, 1981
  • Indian Physics Association, Distinguished Physicist Award, 1991
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow, 1995
  • Institute of Physics UK, Fellow, 1999
Clare Yu
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society, 1979
  • Kusaka Memorial Prize for Senior Thesis Research, 1979
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship, 1979 - 1982
  • Participant in AT&T Bell Labs Graduate Research Program for Women, 1979 - 1984
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Sloan Research Fellowships, 1991-93
  • UCI School of Physical Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 2005
  • American Physical Society, Fellow 2005