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Annoucement of the Laureate of the Frank Wilczek Prize

In accordance with the decision of the Prize Committee, Dr. Przemysław Mróz has been chosen as the Laureate of the Frank Wilczek Prize for his outstanding research achievement entitled
"Free-floating planets - a new category of exoplanets".

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Interview with the Frank Wilczek Prize laureate

Interview with the Frank Wilczek Prize laureate

"You should tackle ambitious questions and goals,
rather than seeking answers to long‑solved problems".

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Frank Wilczek Prize

Frank Wilczek Prize was established in 2019 to recognize those outstanding young researchers who have made a significant contribution to physics, astronomy or closely related areas individually or in collaboration. 

The Prize will be awarded by Prof. Frank Wilczek and the Dean of the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science of the Jagiellonian University.

Value
Prize is worth 12000 $ and is funded by the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science of the Jagiellonian University and The Kościuszko Foundation.

 

 

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Eligibility

The candidates must meet the following criteria:

  1. They have made an outstanding contribution to physics, astronomy or closely related fields; they are nominated for a specific outstanding achievement.
  2. The proposed research has been performed by the Nominee individually or in collaboration;  in the case of collaboration, the Nominee’s contribution must be well-defined, substantial and indispensable to the project which shall be verified by the  Prize Committee.
  3. Should the Nominee hold a PhD degree, they can only be nominated for the Prize within 7 years of the date of conferring the degree (date of submitting the nomination shall be decisive).
  4. The Nominee must hold Polish citizenship and be a resident of Poland.

Nominations

  1. A nomination can be submitted by an expert holding a PhD or a higher degree in the field in which the Nominee has made their contribution considered for the Frank Wilczek Prize.
  2. A nomination is submitted by sending the scan of a completed and signed nomination form, together with documents referred to in points 4 and 5 below, to the address fw.prize@uj.edu.pl.
  3. The nomination form should include a description of a specific achievement (discovery) for which a candidate is nominated for the Frank Wilczek Prize,  as well as justification and the list of the most important publications by the Nominee concerning the described achievement (no more than 5 publications).
  4. Three recommendation letters supporting the nomination are required. The recommendation letter cannot be written by the person submitting the nomination. The recommendation letters must be written by experts in the field in which the contribution considered for the Prize was made.
  5. Sending the Nominee’s written consent to be considered for the Frank Wilczek Prize is required, as well as written consent to processing of personal data.

Announcement of the Laureate

The Laureate and the person who nominated them shall be informed about the Prize in writing by His Magnificence Rector of the Jagiellonian University and by Prof. Frank Wilczek.

The Laureate selected by the Prize Committee shall be announced by His Magnificence Rector of the Jagiellonian University by June 10th, in the year in which the Prize is awarded.

The award ceremony

The award ceremony is held at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, in September in the year in which the Frank Wilczek Prize is awarded. The Laureate shall participate in the ceremony in person. At the end of the award ceremony, the Laureate of the Frank Wilczek Prize delivers a lecture on the topic related to the achievement for which they have been awarded the Prize.