CAP Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching – Nomination Procedures

The nomination must be submitted using the CAP’s online nomination submission process by logging into CAP’s Member Services and selecting “Medal Nominations” on the left.

Other than the nomination form and citation, supporting documentation must be submitted as Word or PDF files.

A complete application consists of:

  1. The nomination form, and a supporting letter from the nominator.
  2. A curriculum vitae for the nominee of 20 pages maximum, including a list of awards, grants, and other evidence of significant achievements in teaching. It should not contain routine information on service on university committees and other similar commitments, except as they relate to teaching.
  3. A short summary of the candidate’s significant contributions to teaching in physics, or closely related fields such as astronomy or biophysics.
  4. Three letters of support from students, colleagues, or others who have a close familiarity with the candidate’s contributions to teaching. Letters should particularly address the quality, originality, and significance of the candidate’s achievements in teaching.
  5. A citation of 300 words or less suitable for publication if the nominee is selected as the medal recipient, starting with a paragraph of 25-50 words explaining the reason why the candidate was selected which can be used in the CAP’s announcement of winners. NOTE: The citation must be submitted in plain text format using cut and paste into the online nomination form.
  6. A photograph of the nominee (this can be a low resolution photograph, which may be retrievable from the nominee’s worksite. Nominee will be asked for a high resolution photo if selected as medal recipient). Please note that this is not required in order to complete the file, but will speed up the release of the medal winner announcements. If provided, the photograph will NOT be included in the nomination package sent to the medal selection committee for review.

Nominations are valid for three (3) nomination cycles only.

The selection of the winner of the CAP Teaching Medal will be made by a committee struck by the CAP. The winner will be asked to give a plenary talk at the upcoming annual Congress of the CAP, normally held in conjunction with the annual CAP-High School Teachers’ Workshop at the Congress.

The CAP Teaching Medal will be presented by the President of the CAP during its annual Congress.