Applied Physics Letters is committed to recognizing the next generation of global scientists who will shape the future of applied physics. To this end, we have established the first annual APL Rising Stars Collection and APL Rising Star Award to bring visibility to the impressive work of early career principal investigators. Inclusion in the collection will be more selective than the journal as a whole so as to showcase notable contributions. The award winner and collection will be highly visible through promotion by APL.

Eligibility: The primary principal investigator (PI) must be within 10 years of their PhD defense date (not including career breaks such as family or medical leave) upon manuscript submission. The PI is primarily responsible for the origination of the project, for its overall direction, and for leading the interpretation of the results. The scope of the collection encompasses the entire scope of the journal.

How to submit: Submit for consideration as normal through the online submission system. During submission, answer “Yes” to the question of eligibility of the primary PI and provide the date of their PhD defense.

Selection process: The selection process starts in July of each calendar year. To be considered for the collection and award, papers must have been accepted between July 1 of the prior year and June 30 of the current year. Only papers rated highly by the Reviewers and/or Editors will be considered. A Selection Committee formed of APL Editorial Advisory Board members will choose the papers to be included in the collection and will identify the winner of the APL Rising Star award. The collection and award winner will be announced in the Fall.

APL Rising Star Award: The award winner will be announced in a press release, invited to write an APL Perspective on their field of expertise, and receive an honorarium of 1500 USD.

More info: Papers will be published as normal when they are ready in a regular issue of the journal. If selected for inclusion in the collection, papers will also populate a virtual collection page.

We look forward to your submissions to the APL Rising Stars Collection! If you have any questions, please contact us at

Published and Publishing Collections:

Collection Year: 2023

APL Rising Star Award Winners


Jean Anne Incorvia

Jean Anne Incorvia
Assistant Professor
Chandra Family Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Microelectronics Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin

Stochastic Domain Wall-Magnetic Tunnel Junction Artificial Neurons for Noise-Resilient Spiking Neural Networks
Thomas Leonard, Samuel Liu, Harrison Jin, Jean Anne C. Incorvia, Appl. Phys. Lett. 122, 262406 (2023)

Jean Anne C. Incorvia is an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where she directs the Integrated Nano Computing (INC) Lab. Dr. Incorvia develops nanodevices for the future using emerging physics and materials, with an emphasis on applications in computing. This includes research in spintronics, nanomagnetism, neuromorphic brain-inspired computing, in-memory computing, 2D materials-based computing, computing in extreme environments, and application of new materials to energy and health.

Dr. Incorvia received her bachelor’s in physics from UC Berkeley in 2008 and her Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University in 2015, cross-registered at MIT. From 2015-2017, she completed a postdoc at Stanford University. She has over 70 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and has given over 70 invited talks. Her research has been supported by the US National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, US Department of Defense, Sandia National Laboratories, The Southwest Research Institute, Samsung Electronics, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd., Lockheed Martin, and Applied Research Laboratories. She received a 2020 US National Science Foundation CAREER award, the 2020 IEEE Magnetics Society Early Career Award, and a 2021 Intel Rising Stars award. She was an invited contributor to the 2020 and 2022 IEEE International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS) on magnetic-based computing. Dr. Incorvia has served on and taken leadership roles in the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), the Device Research Conference (DRC), the Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Conference (MMM), and Intermag.