Departmental Awards

Deadline for Daicar-Bata Award nominations: September 3, 2013.

Presentations by nominees, Heng-Yu Chen, Bin Fang, and Fazle Rob: September 18, 2013 at the Fall Colloquium.

Submit nominations to the Graduate Program Academic Support Coordinator by email (

The nominations for the highest GPA prize are made by the Graduate Review Committee.


History of the Daicar-Bata fund:
The Daicar-Bata Fund was established in 1992 in honor of Mr. Otto Daicar and to commemorate his lifetime contributions throughout the world to the Bata Corporation. Mr. Daicar, as an individual and senior executive, exemplified a devotion to performance excellence, unconditional integrity, and kindness, which guided and inspired people of diverse cultures. The initial donation for the fund came from the Bata Corporation and the Daicar family, and the remainder was raised from the alumni of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and matching funds from the University of Delaware.
Past recipients of the Daicar-Bata Prize for best Ph.D. student research paper :

  • 2012 - Ryan Stearrett for Influence of exchange bias on magnetic losses in CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB tunnel junctions, Phys. Rev. B 86, 014415 (2012).
  • 2011 - Q. Lu for Supercapacitor electrodes with high-energy and power densities prepared from monolithic NiO/Ni nanocomposites, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 50, 6847 (2011).
  • 2010 - Rizwan Khalid for Constrained minimal supersymmetric Standard Model spectroscopy in light of PAMELA and ATIC observations, Phys. Rev. D 79, 055019 (2009).
  • 2009 - Xiaoming Kou for Tunable ferromagnetic resonance in NiFe nanowires with strong magnetostatic interaction, Appl. Phys. Lett. 94, 112509 (2009).
  • 2008 - Ralitsa L. Dragomirova for Spin and charge shot noise in mesoscopic spin Hall systems, EPL (Europhysics Letters) 84, 37004 (2008).
  • 2007 - Thomas Madura for A nozzle analysis of slow-acceleration solutions in one-dimensional models of rotating hot-star winds,  Astrophys. J. 660, 687 (2007).
  • 2006 - Sasikumar Palaniyappan for Ultrastrong field ionization of Nen+ (n <= 8): Rescattering and the role of the magnetic field, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 243003 (2005).

Past recipients of the Daicar-Bata Prize for the highest Ph.D. student GPA:

  • 2012 - Farzad Mahfouzi.
  • 2011 - Adeel Ajaib and Bin He.
  • 2010 - Hassnain Jaffari.
  • 2009 - Rizwan Khalid.
  • 2008 - Mansoor Rehman.
  • 2007 - Rupsi Pal.
  • 2006 - Meijun Lu.

Rules of the competition:
Nominations for this award may be made by the advisor, a colleague or a fellow student and must include:

  1. a letter of nomination which includes i) a short statement of why the paper is significant and merits the Daicar-Bata prize, and ii) clearly identifies the contributions of the nominee to the paper
  2. a reprint of the scientific paper that is the basis for the prize
  3. a one-page resume of the nominee
  4. the nominated student should supply a one page explanation in the simplest terms of the content and main results of the nominated paper.

The three top candidates for this prize will present their work during a Colloquium of the Fall semester, and the winner will be decided by a panel of DPA faculty.