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Essay Contest: Advances of the new century

What significant advance made in your field since 2000 deserves wider recognition among nonexperts? We invite you to write an essay for Physics Today that describes the advance, how it was made, and why it is important. Entries should be no longer than 2000 words and be written at a level appropriate for the range of physical scientists, including students, who read Physics Today. Entries should not have been published previously.

The author of the winning essay will be awarded a prize of $7500. If more than one essay wins, the prize will be divided equally among the winning authors.

A distinguished jury of physicists will select the winner or winners. The decision of the judges and Physics Today will be final.

Winning entries will be published in Physics Today. The winner(s) will be asked to sign a standard transfer-of-copyright agreement.

You may submit only one entry, and it must be received by 1 June 2018. Include your daytime phone number.

Employees of the American Institute of Physics and AIP Publishing are not eligible for this contest.

Entries should be emailed to, with the title of your essay as the subject line.

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