Carbon Mitigation Initiative

CMI Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Fellows

From left to right: BP’s chief scientist and head of technology, Angela Strank; Bhargav Rallabandi, recipient of the 2017 CMI Best Paper award for Postdoctoral Fellows; and Rallabandi’s co-advisors Howard Stone, CMI principal investigator, and Michael Winton, research scientist at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. (Photo by PEI staff)

From left to right: former postdoctoral research fellow Caroline Farrior, recipient of the 2016 CMI Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Fellows, Gardiner Hill (middle), director of Carbon Solutions in BP Group Technology, and Stephen Pacala, Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, co-director of CMI, and Farrior’s former adviser. (Photo by PEI staff)
2015 CMI Best Paper Award recipient - Zhong Zheng
From left to right: Zheng Li of Tsinghua University and former advisor of the 2015 CMI Best Paper Award recipient, Zhong Zheng (center); Howard Stone, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering (center left); Felipe Bayon, senior vice president of BP America (center right); and Robert Socolow, professor emeritus of mechanical and aerospace engineering and co-director of CMI (right). (Photo: Frank Wojciechowski)
Thomas Fröelicher and Ellen Williams - winners of 2014 CMI Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Fellows
From left to right: Thomas Frölicher, recipient of 2014 CMI Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Research Fellows; Ellen Williams, chief scientist at BP; and Sarah Batterman, also a recipient of the 2014 CMI Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Research Fellow. (Photo: Frank Wojciechowski)
Gennady Gor - winner of 2013 CMI Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Fellows
From left to right: Robert Socolow, co-director of CMI Policy and Integration Group and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; Ellen Williams, chief scientist, BP; Gennady Gor, recipient of the 2013 CMI Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Fellows; and Jean-Hervé Prévost, professor of civil and environmental engineering. (Photo: Frank Wojciechowski)

From left to right: Jorge Sarmiento, professor of geosciences, Claudie Beaulieu, recipient of the 2012 CMI Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Fellows, and Ellen Williams, chief scientist, BP (Photo: Frank Wojciechowski)
Ellen Williams and Professor LiEllen Williams, Chief Scientist at BP presenting the 2011 CMI Best Paper Award to Professor Zheng Li of Tsinghua University, accepting on behalf of award recipient Dr. Guangjian Liu. (Photo: Andrew Wilkinson)
Shoibal Chakravarty receiving the 2010CMI Best Paper Award from Lamar McKay. Shoibal Chakravarty receiving the CMI Best Paper Award from Lamar McKay. (Photo: Denise Applewhite)

The CMI Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Fellows is presented annually to a CMI affiliated postdoctoral research associate or associate research scholar selected for his or her contributions to an important CMI paper in the past two years. Nominated by CMI PIs and group leaders, papers are judged for their quality and impact on the carbon mitigation community. Specifically, the research is selected based on its contribution to one of CMI's core areas of research: climate science, carbon capture and sequestration, renewable energy, efficient energy use, or carbon policy. The spirit of the program is to recognize and reward CMI-funded work.

Award Description

One to two award in the amount of $5,000 each will be made annually through the year 2015. Funds may be used for a range of purposes. For example, they can be taken as a taxable award or used for research support. If used for research support, a CMI subaccount will be established to support the awardee's fieldwork, travel, conference participation, purchase of equipment, and costs associated with data analysis and facilities use. The award is for one year and is nonrenewable.


To be eligible, nominees must:

  • Have held fulltime postdoctoral research associate or associate research scholar appointments at Princeton University during at least some part of the previous calendar year.
  • Have been members of one of the CMI research groups.
  • Be the first author of the nominated paper or if not, then be able to confirm responsibility for specific aspects of the paper.

Papers Must:

  • Have been published sometime in the past two years in a peer-reviewed journal. Papers accepted for publication in that time window will also be considered.
  • Be making a significant contribution to the CMI Program in one of its core areas.


Call for nominations are held in February of each year and are typically due in early March. All CMI PIs and group leaders are invited to nominate candidates for the CMI Best Paper Award. The nomination package should include the following:

  • A nomination letter describing the significance of the paper, specific contributions to the paper made by the nominee, and relevance to CMI research (2 page limit).
  • Electronic copy of the paper.

All nomination materials should be sent electronically to Holly Welles (

Award Selection and Announcement

A committee drawn from the PIs and group leaders will conduct a formal review and selection process, with conflicts of interest taken into account. The award will be selected based on the quality and impact of the paper as well as relevance to CMI research and the contributions made to the paper by the candidate.

The CMI Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Fellows is announced at the CMI Annual Meeting. The award recipient will be invited to present his or her work by giving a seminar to the CMI community.

Past Recipients

Year Recipient Paper
2017 Bhargav Rallabandi Wind-Driven Formation of Ice Bridges in Straits
2016 Caroline Farrior Dominance of the suppressed: Power-law size structure in tropical forests
2015 Zhong Zheng Flow Regimes for Fluid Injection Into a Confined Porous Medium
2014 Thomas Frölicher and
Sarah Batterman
Continued Global Warming After CO2 Emissions Stoppage
Key Role of Symbiotic Dinitrogen Fixation in Tropical Forest Secondary Succession
2013 Gennady Gor Effects of Thermal Stresses on Caprock Integrity During CO2 Storage
2012 Claudie Beaulieu Identification and Characterization of Abrupt Changes in the Land Uptake of Carbon
2011 Guangjian Liu Making Fischer-Tropsch Fuels and Electricity from Coal and Biomass: Performance and Cost Analysis
2010 Shoibal Chakrovarty
Massimo Tavoni
Sharing Global CO2 Emission Reductions Among One Billion High Emitters
Last update: April 26 2017
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