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We are seeking nominations for the Rising Stars in Computational Materials Science special issue and prize. The aim of this initiative is to recognize the accomplishments and promise of researchers in the early stages of their independent careers and draw international attention to the work they are doing.

Once the nominations have been received, the editors of Computational Materials Science will invite a selection of the nominees to submit a short review paper outlining their work and the impact it has made on the field. The papers invited for inclusion in the Rising Stars initiative will feature in a special issue of Computational Materials Science. All authors in this issue will receive a certificate outlining their selection, and there will be recipients of the overall prize of $2000 who will also be invited to join the Editorial Board of Computational Materials Science. The criteria for the prize will be based on degree of scientific innovation outlined in the review, impact of the research, and the overall quality of the paper.

2019 Rising Stars Prize Recipients: Mattieu Bauchy and Ed Tarleton

2020 Rising Stars Prize Recipient: Maryam Ghazisaeidi

2021 Rising Stars Prize Recipient: Ryan Jacobs

Nomination Guidelines:

  • Candidates should be within 10 years of receiving their PhD,
  • Candidates are active in the area of computational materials science and engineering. All aspects of modern materials modeling are of interest, including quantum chemical methods, density functional theory, semi-empirical and classical approaches, statistical mechanics, atomic-scale simulations, mesoscale modeling, and phase-field techniques. The nominee's work may involve properties of materials or phenomena associated with their design, synthesis, processing, characterization, and utilization. Most materials are of interest, including metals, ceramics, electronic materials, polymers, and composites. Research that focuses on computational molecular or nanocluster chemistry, biochemistry or biomedical modeling, continuum level mechanics of materials, or structural materials, such as concrete, will generally fall outside the scope of this award.
  • Candidate must be nominated through (link below, self-nominations are accepted). The nomination must include:
    • Short CV of nominated person
    • Year of completion of PhD and additional supporting information if more than 10 years ago (e.g. career break, etc)
    • Area of research nominee is involved in
    • A letter that illustrates why this person qualifies for the award


  • 15th Aug 2022: Call for nominations are sent out and begin to be accepted.
  • 15th Feb 2023: Deadline for nominations from the Editorial Board of Computational Materials Science and the community of computational materials science at large
  • 15th March 2023: Finalists selected, and the editors of Computational Materials Science will invite a selection of the nominees to submit a short review on their specific area of research. The submission portal will open. Guidelines for the review can be found here.
  • 1st July 2023: All papers due to the journal
  • 20th August 2023: Submission portal will close, the papers will be reviewed and published in a special section in Computational Materials Science and
  • 1st October 2023: Editorial Board of Computational Materials Science will select the recipient of the overall prize. The virtual special issue will be wrapped up.

For more information on Computational Materials Science please visit:

To read the papers from the finalists and recipients of the previous Rising Stars awards, please visit here: , and .

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