Associate Professor Henriette Elvang has been awarded the 2016 Maria Goeppert Mayer Award from the American Physical Society, recognizing outstanding achievement by a woman physicist in the early years of her career.

Professor Elvang works on aspects of quantum field theory, supersymmetry, gravity, and particle physics. Her research interests reside at the interface between particle physics, general relativity, and string theory. Currently, she is working on new methods for calculating scattering processes and on problems related to understanding fundamental properties of quantum field theories.

The Maria Goeppert Mayer Award recognizes and enhances outstanding achievement by a woman physicist in the early years of her career by providing opportunities for her to present these achievements to others through public lectures in the spirit of Maria Goeppert Mayer.

The award consists of $2,500 plus a $4,000 travel allowance to provide opportunities for the recipient to give lectures in her field of physics at four institutions and at the meeting of the Society at which the award is bestowed and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient.

The award was established in 1985 through sponsorship by the General Electric Foundation (now the GE Fund).