The trustees are pleased to announce the Awards for Essays for 2016

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  1. $4,000
    A Frame-Dependent Gravitational Effective Action Mimics a Cosmological Constant, but Modifies the Black Hole Horizon by Stephen L. Adler, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540; email: adler@ias.edu
  2. $1,250
    New Insights into Quantum Gravity from Gauge/Gravity Duality by Netta Engelhardt and Gary T. Horowitz, Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106; email: engeln@physics.ucsb.edugary@physics.ucsb.edu
  3. $1,000
    Spontaneous Dimensional Reduction in Quantum Gravity by S. Carlip, Department of Physics, University of California, Davis, CA 95616; email: carlip@physics.ucdavis.edu
  4. $750
    Quadratic Gravity: from Weak to Strong by Bob Holdom and Jing Ren, Department of Physics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S1A7; email: bob.holdom@utoronto.cajren@physics.utoronto.ca
  5. $500
    Axion Experiments to Algebraic Geometry — Testing Quantum Gravity via the Weak Gravity Conjecture by Ben Heidenreich, Matthew Reece, and Tom Rudelius, Department of Physics, Harvard University, Jefferson Laboratory, 17 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA, 02138; email: bjheiden@physics.harvard.edumreece@physics.harvard.edurudelius@physics.harvard.edu

Selected for Honorable Mention this year were (listed in alphabetical order)

Ahmed Farag Ali and Saurya Das; Shreya Banerjee, Sayantani Bera, and Tejinder P. Singh; David Berenstein and Alexandra Miller; Evan Berkowitz, Masanori Hanada, and Jonathan Maltz; Matthias Blau and Martin O'Loughlin; Martin Bojowald; Yuri Bonder; Sumanta Chakraborty and Kinjalk Lochan; Lay Nam Chang, Djordje Minic, Chen Sun, and Tatsu Takeuchi; Alessandro Codello and Rajeev Kumar Jain; Geoffrey Compère; F. I. Cooperstock; Roberto Emparan and Marina Martínez; Willy Fischler and Sandipan Kundu; Steven B. Giddings; Eduardo Guendelman, Emil Nissimov, and Svetlana Pacheva; Hal M. Haggard and Carlo Rovelli; Shahar Hod; A. Landry and M. B. Paranjape; Philip D. Mannheim; Samir D. Mathur; T. Padmanabhan and Hamsa Padmanabhan; Don N. Page; Susha L. Parameswaran and Ivonne Zavala; Tsvi Piran; M. M. Sheikh-Jabbari; Douglas Singleton and Steve Wilburn; W. M. Stuckey, Timothy McDevitt, and Michael Silberstein; Tanmay Vachaspati.

The five award-winning essays will be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Modern Physics D (IJMPD). 

Illustration of a supermassive black hole wth millions to billions times the mass of our sun.  Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Illustration of a supermassive black hole wth millions to billions times the mass of our sun.  Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech