Janice M. Hicks

Deputy Division Director
Division of Materials Research
Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences
National Science Foundation


Janice Hicks has an A.B. in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Columbia University (1986). She was a postdoctoral fellow in the physics and chemistry departments at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work focused on ultrafast phenomena in liquids and on surfaces. For a decade, she was on the faculty of Georgetown University, reaching associate professor with tenure. Her research involved nonlinear laser interactions with molecular surfaces, ranging from ice/vacuum and ice/water interfaces relevant to atmospheric chemistry to biological surfaces where the chirality of molecules were probed using novel methods developed in her group. Dr. Hicks was recipient of the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award and a Sloan Foundation Fellowship. For six years, she was a Program Officer in the Division of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation, in the Experimental Physical Chemistry Program and the Analytical and Surface Chemistry Program. From 2006-2009, Dr. Hicks served as the Executive Officer of the Division of Chemistry. She has been Deputy Director of the Division of Materials Research since December 2009.