2nd Century Trailblazers
Journal of the American Ceramic Society

A competition for the best young researchers

The Journal of the American Ceramic Society has published the most important fundamental research in ceramic and glass sciences for more than 100 years. As we continue into the next 100 years, we are steadfastly committed to bringing to light the impactful work of researchers, both established and emerging.

We are seeking nominations for the inaugural JACerS 2nd Century Trailblazers special issue. The aim of this initiative is to recognize the accomplishments and promise of researchers in the early stages of their careers and draw international attention to the work they are doing.

The Award Process

The editors of Journal of the American Ceramic Society will review the nominations (submitted below) and invite selected young researchers to submit a paper detailing their work and the impact it has made on the field. The papers accepted for inclusion in the 2nd Century Trailblazer initiative will be featured in a special issue of the Journal. All authors with papers accepted for this initiative will receive a certificate outlining their selection.

The overall winner will be invited to present their work at the 2023 MS&T meeting in Columbus, Ohio (Oct. 1–5, 2023). The criteria for selecting the overall winner are degree of scientific innovation outlined in the article, impact of the research, and overall quality of the paper.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Any active researcher (academic, government lab, industry, etc.) who is within 10 years of receiving their Ph.D
    Candidates who experienced career interruptions may also be considered
  • Active in the science of ceramic and glass materials and composites based on ceramics and glasses
    Topics include discovery, characterization, and analysis of new inorganic, nonmetallic materials; synthesis methods; phase relationships; processing approaches; microstructure–property relationships; and functionalities.
  • Of great interest are works that support understanding founded on fundamental principles using experimental, theoretical, or computational methods or combinations of those approaches.


Anyone can nominate a candidate for this initiative; self-nominations are acceptable

Nomination packages must include the following information

  • Brief CV of candidate, two pages maximum, including educational background, description of research goals, awards, number of publications, and a listing of up to 10 representative publications
  • A cover letter to the JACerS leadership highlighting the importance of the nominee’s work, expected impact, and relevance
    For candidates beyond the 10-year window, please explain your career interruption in the cover letter

2nd Century Trailblazer Nominations

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    15th January 2023: Deadline for nominations

    15th February 2023: Finalists selected and invited to submit an original research article or perspective (short review) on their specific area of research

    3rd April 2023: Deadline for submitting abstracts to MS&T23

    15th May 2023: Manuscript deadline

    October 2023: Publication of special issue, MS&T in Columbus, Ohio

    ACerS statement on diversity and inclusion

    The American Ceramic Society values and seeks diverse and inclusive participation within the field of ceramic science and engineering. ACerS strives to promote involvement and access to leadership opportunity regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, appearance, geographic location, career path, or academic level.