PPD Thesis Award

The Particle Physics Division (PPD) will award one PPD thesis award to a student who has received a Ph.D. degree in Experimental or Phenomenological Particle Physics from a Canadian University in the current calendar year.

The award consists of:

  • 500$ from the PPD.
  • Invitation to give a 30 min invited talk at the upcoming CAP Congress (sponsored by TRIUMF to a maximum cost of 1000$).
  • Invitation to give a seminar at TRIUMF (sponsored by TRIUMF).
  • Publication of a two-page summary of the thesis work in an issue of Physics in Canada.

A one-page summary describing the competition results shall be posted by the thesis committee chair on the PPD website. Further details on the rules, eligibility and nomination procedures can be found below.

Year Best Thesis Author Thesis Title
2016 Patrick De Perio (Toronto) Joint Three-Flavour Oscillation Analysis of νμ Disappearance and νe Appearance in the T2K Neutrino Beam. Congratulations to our winner !
2015 not awarded – too few entries

To be considered for the award, the documentation below has to be submitted to the chair of the PPD Thesis Award Committee, currently David Morrissey (dmorri@triumf.ca), with “PPD THESIS AWARD” in the subject heading:

  • A copy of the thesis in electronic format.
  • A letter of nomination by the thesis supervisor. The nomination letter should describe in detail the contributions of the student to the research work.
  • A recommendation letter by the external reviewer on the applicant’s thesis committee.
  • A letter from the Department Head (or University Dean) indicating that the thesis has been formally accepted by the University.

The deadline for submission is January 15th. The prize recipient will be notified on March 31st and the announcement to the PPD will be made shortly thereafter.


Both the supervisor and the nominee must be members of CAP and PPD. The PPD competition will run in parallel to the DNP and DTP competitions. Simultaneous submissions to PPD, DTP and DNP competitions are not allowed. Theses in particle physics phenomenology can be submitted to either the DTP or PPD prizes. Theses in formal theory should be submitted to the DTP prize.

If less than five submissions are received, no competition will be held in that year and all submissions received will be considered in the following calendar year. No draw (tie) is allowed.


The PPD Thesis Award Committee shall be chaired by the PPD Vice-Chair. The membership of the Committee shall also include two additional members appointed by the Committee Chair according to areas/languages of the theses submitted. The PPD chair and vice-chair will nominate 3 Ph.D. theses for review based on the reference letters from the supervisor and the external examiner.