Solicitation for Nominees


In order to recognize and promote excellence in research by outstanding young ethnic Korean Physicist in North America, the Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA) has been awarded annually since 1994 by the Association of Korean Physicists in America (AKPA). The list of previous recipients is available on the AKPA website


Eligibility Requirements


o   Candidates are limited to ethnic Korean Physicists who are working at research universities/institutions or industrial/government laboratories in North America.

o   Candidates' most recent PhD must have been awarded on or after January 1, 2010. The award committee may make exceptions for candidates who were awarded their PhD prior to January 1, 2010 if their careers were disrupted due to military service, extended medical leave, maternity leave, child-rearing, etc.




A Nomination Letter that details the importance and impact of the candidate's work and discuss their qualifications, initiative, and research. (Deadline: December 1, 2018)


Supporting Documents (Deadline: December 15, 2018)


o    Candidate's curriculum vitae including a list of the candidate's scientific publications

o    Representative publications by the candidate 

o    Two letters of recommendation from other researchers in support of the candidate's nomination 


Submission Instruction


o    All documents must be sent electronically in PDF format to the AKPA OYRA Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “OYRA 2019 for <Candidate’s Last name, First name>” by the dates given below:

ü   Nomination Letter: December 1, 2018, 11:59 pm EST

ü   Supporting Document: December 15, 2018, 11:59 pm EST




Nominations are reviewed and candidates selected by the Award committee. Award winner(s) are selected on the basis of their scientific excellence and potential to become leaders in the scientific community through their contributions to the field. The winner(s) will be announced in January 2019 at


Award Presentation


The award of $1,500 with a plaque will be presented at the AKPA annual meeting, which will be held in conjunction with an American Physical Society Meeting in the spring. The exact location of the annual meeting and time will be announced later.


The Award Committee


o    Prof. Jiwoong Park (University of Chicago), Chair

o    Prof. Kwang-Je Kim (Argonne National Lab and University of Chicago)

o    Prof. Harold Kim (Georgia Tech)

o    Prof. Chueng-Ryong Ji (NC State)








Dear AKPA colleagues,


I am pleased to inform you that KPS (Korean Physical Society) and AKPA will host a Joint Symposium from 1pm to 8pm on Sunday, March 4, 2018 in LA (, prior to the APS March Meeting. This is to support young ethnic Korean physicists in Korea and North America. It will provide an opportunity for postdocs and students who will attend the APS March Meeting to present their work to the KPS-AKPA community and for the community to understand current concerns and needs of young Korean scientists in this global and rapidly changing society. We will also have an opportunity to congratulate and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Journal of the KPS.


If you plan to attend the APS March Meeting, I really hope that you will be able to participate in this Symposium. You can register at There is no fee for registration. Symposium dinner will be provided.  

If you would like to give a talk (this could be the talk that you will be giving at the APS March Meeting), please send one of the organizing team members email. 


The organizing team consists of

  • Takhee Lee, Seoul National University
  • SangMin Lee, Seoul National University
  • Young-Kee Kim, the University of Chicago
  • Kyungseon Joo from the University of Connecticut


I look forward to seeing many of you at this Symposium.

I wish you and your family a healthy, fulfilling and joyful New Year.


Young-Kee Kim







Dear Fellow AKPA members,


It is my great honor to serve as the 32nd President of AKPA.  Since its creation 38 years ago, AKPA has served the Korean physics community and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the 31 previous administrations.  The many outstanding Korean physicists who led this Association carried out volunteer activities with passion and a wonderful spirit of community service.  Together with the 32nd administration officers and committee members, I will endeavor to continue this tradition.  

AKPA’s activities need to reflect that physics is global and that the world around us is constantly evolving. Building on the previous efforts of the AKPA and KPS administrations, we will continue to strengthen our ties to KEK and APS.  APS has recently launched a Task Force on Expanding International Engagement. As part of this effort, they are reaching out to international partners in order to understand the different perspectives on shared interests and challenges.  Addressing such concerns in partnership with APS can provide an opportunity to strengthen our connections to them as well as to other sister physics societies.

Supporting young scientists has been always a high priority for AKPA. Their concerns and needs evolve in this global and rapidly changing society. I will put effort to understand better their current issues and needs.

In order to serve all of you better, we need to have your input. So, please let us know what we can do for you!


I look forward to working with all of you,

Young-Kee Kim 

The 32nd President of AKPA






We are pleased to announce the “12th PATRAS Workshop on Axions, WIMPs, and WISPs”to be held at Jeju Island of South Korea from June 20 – 24, 2016.  Jeju is a beautiful volcanic island with numerous hiking trails and spectacular views.


Scientific Program:

- The physics case for WIMPs, Axions, and WISPs

- Direct and indirect searches for Dark Matter and Dark Energy

- Direct and indirect searches for Axions, and WISPs

- Signals from astrophysical sources

- Review of collider experiments

- New theoretical developments 


Please find below some practical information:


Conference web site:



Please register on the INDICO web site : also accessible from our secure web site.

The registration fee is 500,000 KRW until April 25th, and 600,000 KRW from April 26th.  Students pay half the corresponding fees.



We have blocked a limited number of rooms with special rates until May 20.  Please book your rooms directly at:  (We encourage booking your rooms as early as possible as their availability is limited.  In addition, please remember Korea is ahead of Eastern USA by 14 hours, and the deadlines are based on Korea Time.)


We kindly ask you to circulate the poster among your Institution colleagues. The poster can be downloaded through the following link 


Sincerely yours,


 Yannis Semertzidis

 Chair of the International Scientific Committee of the Patras 2016 Workshop







Dear AKPA members,


We sincerely hope that you and your family are having wonderful holidays.


We are very pleased to send you the inaugural issue of the reformed AKPA Newsletters. The major changes made and the content of four excellent forefront research articles in various fields of physics and others are briefly summarized in the Editorial Board’s Note copied below. We hope you enjoy the new Newsletters. And please feel free to distribute it to people who might be interested in reading it.


In addition to this distribution of the Newsletters in the electronic form, it would be nice to make hardcopies and send them to AKPA members who would like to have a hardcopy, and to related institutions in Korea such as Physics Departments in major research Universities and top research Institutes. It turns out that it will cost ~ $1,000 per 50 copies. Starting from the second issue that will come out next June, we will try to find a way to raise at least some of the fund. In the mean time, for this inaugural issue, I would like to ask you to donate as much as you can for the hardcopies. Donation to AKPA is tax-deductible. If you can donate, please write a check to AKPA, and send the check to Jeonghun Lee, Department of Physics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904, USA. And please email me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Jeonghun Lee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to let us know of your donation. Thank you very much for your support.


We wish you and your family wonderful holidays and a very Happy New Year!


On behalf of the EB,

Seunghun Lee





The Editorial Board's Note


The Newsletter has undergone a critical transformation this year by the new Editorial Board. This issue is the inaugural issue of the newly revised Newsletter. The major changes are as follows. Firstly, the Newsletter will now be published twice per year, December and June, rather than four times per year. This change allows the Board to elevate the final production quality of the research articles. We are asking authors to write articles at an introductory colloquium level so that we can accommodate a broad audience that includes graduate students and advanced undergraduate students in all fields of physics. In each issue, about four research articles will be published under the section ‘Research Frontline’. AKPA activities and news pertaining to members will be published under ‘AKPA News’. In addition, the Newsletter will publish members' essays contemplating science and life under the section 'Essays'. We encourage all the AKPA members to submit essays for consideration for publication in the Newsletter.

As for Research Frontline in this issue, the Editorial Board invited several outstanding researchers to write articles this fall. Philip Kim, who is an outstanding leader in the field of mesoscopic phys- ics and recently moved from Columbia University to Harvard University, wrote an introductory ar- ticle on the physics of atomically thin materials that go beyond graphene. Brad Plaster, an expert on precision tests of fundamental symmetries in nuclear physics at the University of Kentucky, has written about current plans for measuring the electric dipole moment of the neutron. Na Young Kim, who will start her faculty career as an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo in January 2016, wrote about exotic quasi-particles called exciton-polaritons that emerge out of the interactions between electric-dipole-carrying particles (excitons) and confined electromagnetic waves (cavity photons) in a microcavity structure. Yongseok Oh, who is currently at George Washington University while on sabbatical leave from Kyungpook National University, wrote about exotic hadronic states known as pentaquarks and the recent excitement spurred by experimental results from the Large Hadron Collider.

This issue features two essays, one from Yong W. Kim from Lehigh University on life and physics and the other from Seung-Hun Lee from the University Virginia on three books. We hope these articles will encourage physicists who are busy with research to ponder for a minute or so about life.

The AKPA News section features several reports on AKPA activities and news items. This includes Chuhee Kwon’s introduction to her department at California State University in Long Beach, where she is serving as the Department Chair, and an obituary for our beloved long-term AKPA member and great accelerator physicist, Yanglai Cho, written by his son, Adrian Cho, who is a staff writer for Science magazine.

We would like to thank all authors for their con- tributions to this issue of the Newsletter. We give special thanks to Na Young Kim who spearheaded the reform of the Newsletter from start to end by organizing meetings, collecting relevant material, and steering the editing process. We also thank Jun Bum Shin, professor of graphics design at Oregon State University, for his most kind help with the wonderful design and format of the entire Newsletter. Without their efforts the Newsletter would not have been a success.

We sincerely hope that readers will enjoy the new AKPA Newsletter and that it will continue to serve as a forum to exchange scientific ideas as well as wisdom and support among the AKPA members.

We wish you and your family wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year!

On behalf of the Editorial Board,

Seung-Hun Lee / Dean Lee




Editor-in-chief / Seung-Hun Lee (University of Virginia) 

Secretary / Na Young Kim (University of Waterloo)


Particle / Nuclear / Astro Physics / Astronomy

Young-Kee Kim (University of Chicago) 

Kyoungchul Kong (University of Kansas) 

Kyungseon Joo (University of Connecticut) 

Dean Lee (North Carolina State University)


Condensed matter / Atomic Molecular Optical / Bio-Physics

Yoonseok Lee (University of Florida)
Kiyong Kim (University of Maryland)
Hakho Lee (Harvard University)
Harold Kim (Georgia Institute of Technology)


Jun Bum Shin (oregon state University)