ACerS Rising Stars

Recognizing outstanding graduate student and postdoctoral research

A competition for emerging researchers

Excellent research comes from excellent researchers, who all begin their careers as students and, often, as postdoctoral fellows. Encouraging emergent researchers leads to them becoming even better as they grow their skills and experiences.

The American Ceramic Society has published the most important ceramics and glass research for more than 100 years. With the growth of advanced ceramics and glass materials, processing, and applications, ACerS grew its portfolio of journals to provide researchers with publishing options to match the scope of their own work.

The editors of ACerS' four journals are pleased to announce the ACerS Journals Rising Star Initiative to encourage and recognize the best work from emergent researchers in ceramic and glass science and engineering at all levels. In this initiative our editors evaluate the manuscripts that highlight the research leadership of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Original research, both Research Articles and Communications, will be accepted for consideration. The authors of the best works will

  • see their papers given editor's choice designation
  • receive a certificate of recognition
  • be invited to present at a special awards session at the 2024 MS&T conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

Candidate qualifications

Declaring your candidacy

Perspective candidates must begin the process by submitting the form below along with a brief resume/CV.  Candidates must submit a proposed manuscript title, and name the preferred journal for submission. It is important to match the topic of the manuscript to the aims and scope of the preferred journal. Mismatched manuscripts may be referred to a different journal at the discretion of the editor.

Here are the aims and scopes stated briefly; please review each journal's home page for further details.

Rising Star Declaration

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ASAP - declare your candidacy through the form above

15-March-2024: Manuscript submission deadline

15-May-2024: Outstanding candidates invited to submit abstracts to the special session at MS&T24

October 2024: MS&T in Pittsburgh, PA

December 2024: Anticipated release date for Rising Star special sections in the ACerS journals


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.

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