William E. Gifford Award Criteria and Nomination Procedure

The William E. Gifford Award is named in honor of Mr. Gifford, co-inventor of the Gifford-McMahon cycle cryocooler and founder of Cryomech, Inc. Nominees must be actively performing research using a pulse tube or Gifford-McMahon cycle cryocooler as a key component.

Cryomech has endowed the award, along with a generous private contribution from the late Peter Gifford.

The Awards Committee reviews nominees from the membership and makes recommendations to the CSA Board of Directors, which makes the final selections. A majority vote of the committee shall be required for recommendation to the CSA Board.

The award recipient will receive a plaque and a monetary stipend of $2000.

The award is presented biannually during the CEC conference.

Selection Criteria

  • Nominees must be actively performing research using a pulse tube or Gifford-McMahon cycle cryocooler as a key component.
  • The nominee must currently be a CSA member in good standing.

Nomination Procedure

  • Nomination packages must be received by the CSA executive director no later than January 1, 2023.
  • The package must contain:
    • Three letters of recommendation, preferably written by CSA members. The letters of recommendation must come from persons outside of the candidate’s institution. The persons writing the letters must have personal knowledge of the nominee’s qualifications and experience. The letters should:
      • briefly outline the nominee’s qualifications,
      • explain why the Gifford Award should be conferred, and
      • must attest to the nominee’s professional integrity and character.
  • Submit all nomination packages to CSA for forwarding to the Nominating Committee chairman, Dr. Christopher Rey.

    Megan Galeher
    CSA Executive Director
    800 Roosevelt Rd. Suite 312-C
    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

    1-630-686-8889
    [email protected]