The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) has announced the award of its Young Scientist Prizes in Particle Physics. The awards have been made to: Florencia Canelli, Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago, for her pioneering contribution to the identification and precision measurements of rare phenomenon through the use of advanced analysis techniques to separate very small signals from large background processes at the Tevatron collider.

Jose Santiago, Departamento de Física Teórica y del Cosmos and CAFPE, Universidad de Granada, for his insight into a number of areas of particle physics including QCD calculations, electroweak physics, gravity theories, extra dimensional models and composite Higgs models.

"We are very excited about the chance to recognize the achievements of these two accomplished scientists who have demonstrated leadership and creativity in their research in particle physics," said Fermilab's Patricia McBride, chair of the IUPAP Commission on Particles and Fields (C11).

At each International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP), which takes place every two years, IUPAP C11 plans to honor two early career scientists, one experimentalist and one theorist, in recognition of excellence in the field of Particles and Fields. Topics in the field may include accelerators, detectors and techniques used in related scientific investigations.

IUPAP promotes the exchange of information and views among members of the international scientific community. The proposal to initiate prizes for young scientists was presented at the IUPAP General Assembly in South Africa in 2005. Each IUPAP commission has its own version of the prize. C11 awarded its first two prizes in 2008.

Prize winners are asked to give a plenary presentation on their recent research activities at the ICHEP meeting. This year, the prize winners will receive their awards and give presentations at the plenary session on July 26 at the 35th ICHEP meeting in Paris, France. Each winner will receive an IUPAP medal, a certificate citing their scientific achievement and a small cash award.