The Journal of Mathematical Physics Young Researcher Award aims to recognize outstanding research in mathematical physics by a Journal of Mathematical Physics author or coauthors.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates for the 2022 Young Researcher Award award must meet the following criteria:

  1. Candidates for the award must be within 8 years of receiving their PhD.¹
  2. The candidate must have a manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Mathematical Physics between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022.

Instructions for consideration

Submissions are open for the Young Researcher Award. In order to be considered, submit your manuscript to JMP’s online submissions site. During the “Additional Information” step, select “Yes” for the “Manuscript Award” question to indicate that one or more authors is within 8 years of receiving their PhD.¹ In the text box, enter the name(s) of the eligible author(s).

Selection Process

An expert panel of judges will review eligible papers based on their scientific content and select a winning paper.

The Prize

The winner of the Journal of Mathematical Physics Young Researcher Award will be granted a cash prize of $3,000 USD.²

The award will be split evenly amongst all eligible authors of the paper. The winners will be notified of their award via email. Papers will be highlighted on the Journal of Mathematical Physics website and featured in an email announcement to the journal community.


For questions about eligibility, the selection process, or the award, send an email to

¹Not including career breaks such as parental leave, disability leave, or elder care.

²The winner is responsible for all federal, state, or local taxes that might be due for prize money. The winner agrees to comply with all tax reporting in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.



Originally from Glastonbury in South West England, Tom Hutchcroft graduated from the University of Cambridge with degrees in mathematics in 2013. He obtained his Ph.D. in mathematics in 2017 from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and served as a Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge from 2017 to 2020. In 2021, he became a professor of mathematics at the California Institute of Technology. His work focuses on phase transitions and critical phenomena in systems with interacting components governed by continuously varying parameters, such as temperature or pressure.


Sam C. Collingbourne, received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Mihalis Dafermos in 2022. In 2018, he obtained a M.ASt in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and in 2017 he received an M.Sci in Physics from Imperial College London. He is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland. Sam has been named the Ritt Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Columbia University, New York for 2022-2023. His main field of study is mathematical general relativity. In particular, his work focuses on applying tools from mathematical analysis to study black hole stability problems.


Andrew Lucas is an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder. His interdisciplinary work in theoretical and mathematical physics brings together problems and techniques from condensed matter, hydrodynamics, quantum information, and high energy physics. He received his B.S. in Physics from Stanford University in 2012, and PhD in Physics at Harvard University in 2016. He was subsequently a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University until 2019, before moving to Boulder. He was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 2020.