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The CMS Collaboration honors people that have made outstanding and exceptional contributions to the strength of CMS by rewarding several different awards. Each award and the list of winners can be found from the links given on the right. CMS Collaborators can find more information about nominations and selections for these awards here.

Achievement Awards

Begun in 2007, the annual Achievement Awards honor individuals who have distinguished themselves by performing significant and lasting contributions to different components of the CMS experiment.
The recipients are selected by a committee appointed by the Chair of the Collaboration Board.
The award is presented yearly at a ceremony during the CMS week in February.

PhD Thesis Award

Every year, the Ph.D. Thesis Award recognizes and rewards excellence in Ph.D. thesis research.
Selections for this prestigious award are made by a committee appointed by the Chair of the Collaboration board for students who submitted their Ph.Ds the previous year between August 1 and July 31 and they are recognized at the CMS week in June.
The thesis are judged on their content, originality, clarity of writing, and impact within CMS and the high energy physics in general and can be written on any CMS-related work (physics analysis, simulation, computing, detector development, engineering, etc.).
More information can be found here.

Young Researcher’s Medal and Prize

The CMS Young Researcher Prize is intended to recognize outstanding achievements of the young members of CMS, and so help them to obtain positions in our field or further afield. The Prize is to be awarded annually to several young* members of CMS who have made a very significant and sustained contribution to CMS over many years in any area (hardware, software, technical, analysis). The prize includes a cash sum of CHF 2500 and a medal for each recipient.

*Considered to have less than eight years of experience after gaining their Ph.D. in physics or less than 10 years of work experience for other areas.

Industry Awards

Starting in 2000, the CMS Collaboration has honored industrial companies that have made outstanding contributions to the construction of the experiment with the CMS Gold Award.
Companies who have demonstrated their excellence and engagement and who provide parts within specifications and on schedule are considered for this award.
Firms who, in addition, have made special efforts and taken initiative to work out technically and/or commercially better products are honored with the CMS Crystal Award.
Companies who have explored novel technologies and collaborated in R&D programs with CMS are candidates for this award.

Detector Awards


The CMS Detector awards acknowledge CMS members who make outstanding contributions to the construction, operation, and/or upgrade of the CMS detectors.

Named Lectures

Outstanding speakers chosen each year are given the opportunity to present their work during an opening plenary session of a CMS week and given an honorarium.
The lectures commemorate Peter Sharp and Lorenzo Foa for their exemplary careers.