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|Application/Nomination Deadlines:||Current Awardees:|
G.K. Gilbert Award
The G. K. Gilbert Award will be considered annually in accordance with the bylaws of the Society. The award will be made for outstanding contributions to the solution of a fundamental problem(s) of planetary geology in its broadest sense, including planetary geology, geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology, andtectonics, geophysics, and the field of meteoritics. Such contributions may consist either of a single outstanding publication, or a series of publications that have had great influence on the field. The award is named for G. K. Gilbert, who over one hundred years ago clearly recognized the importance of a planetary perspective in solving terrestrial geological problems.
The award consists of an engraved plaque and an appropriate certificate, which is recommended by the management board of the Division, and approved by the GSA Council. A person selected by and familiar with the Recipient's work presents a citation reviewing the contributions of the Recipient.
The current nomination deadline for the G. K. Gilbert Award has past. Nominations should be sent directly to the award committee chair, and past chair of the Planetary Geology Division, Robert Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Electronic submissions are preferred.
|2014||William B. McKinnon|
|2013||Alan D. Howard|
|2012||Peter H. Schultz|
|2006||Michael J. Gaffey|
|2004||William K. Hartmann|
|2001||H. Jay Melosh|
|1998||John B. Adams|
|1996||Robert P. Sharp|
|1994||S. Ross Taylor|
|1992||John A. Wood|
|1986||Ralph B. Baldwin|
|1983||Eugene M. Shoemaker|
Stephen E. Dwornik Student Awards
The Dwornik Award was started in 1991 with a generous endowment by Dr. Stephen E. Dwornik, who wished to encourage U.S. students to become involved with NASA and planetary science. The Award consists of a plaque and a monetary award given for outstanding student presentations (in both poster and oral categories) or a plaque for honorable mentions (poster and oral) at the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) hosted by the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI). The awards are managed and judged by the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America.
Graduate and Undergraduate students may submit abstracts for consideration of the award to the annual LPSC. The student must be first author on the abstract and must be enrolled in a U.S. institution. In order to apply, the student must complete the application form found here on the Planetary Geology Division website (see below), and the form must be signed by the research advisor and emailed or faxed to LPI. Instructions and links to the form may be found on the LPSC registration website and on the Planetary Geology Division website.
Elena Amador (Univ Washington)
2013–Best Graduate Oral Presentation
Matthew Chojnacki (Univ Tenn, Knoxville)
2013–Graduate Oral Pres (Hon. Mention)
Rita Parai (Harvard University)
2013–Best Graduate Poster
Tabb Prissel (Brown University)
2013–Graduate Poster (Hon. Mention)
Amanda Wagner (Univ Arkansas)
2013–Undergrad Oral (Hon. Mention)
The application deadline for the Dwornik Award is January 8, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact the PGD 2nd Vice-Chair, Danielle Wyrick (email@example.com).
The awards are open to all students who are currently enrolled in a U.S. institution, at any degree level in the field of planetary geosciences. Recent graduates, pre-college students, and postdoctoral fellows are not eligible. Students who have previously won a "best presentation" award as a graduate student are not eligible to compete again in either category. Students who have won a "best presentation" award as an undergraduate are not eligible to compete again in either category as an undergraduate but are eligible to compete in either category as a graduate student. Students who have won honorable mention award(s) as either a graduate or undergraduate student in either category are eligible to compete again.
Only one abstract per student will be considered for a "best presentation" award in each year. The student must be the senior author of the abstract, and a minimum of 50% of the material in the abstract must not have been previously presented at another meeting. Judging will be based on both the written abstract and the presentation.
A good presentation should leave any observer with a clear understanding of a stated problem, how the student attempted to answer it, what data or observations were gathered, and the interpretations and conclusions that resulted. Dwornik applicants should be prepared to answer follow up questions about the nature of their work during their oral and poster presentations, as this is a significant element in the judging processes. As such, it is also critical that applicants plan to be at their poster during the session to allow judges to evaluate the in-person presentation.
To apply for the award, students MUST complete the Dwornik application form. Applicants should fill in the form electronically, print it out, get their advisor's signature, then do one of the following:
- FAX the print out containing the advisor's signature to Ingrid Dudley at LPI at 281-486-2125.
- Scan the print out containing the advisor signature and save it as a new PDF. Then email the file to Ingrid Dudley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For LPSC 2014, the form is due on January 8, 2014, one day after the LPSC 2014 abstract deadline which is January 7, 2014. The form must include the LPI abstract number of the submitted abstract for which the student will be judged for the award. If the student's advisor is unable to sign the student application, the advisor should send an email to Ingrid Dudley at email@example.com to confirm student eligibility.
Winners will be notified approximately one month after LPSC. They will be announced at the annual Planetary Geology Division business meeting at that year's Geological Society of America; and they will be introduced and awarded their prizes at the following years' LPSC. A cash award of $500 and a plaque will be presented to the graduate student best oral presentation and the graduate student best poster presentation. A cash award of $250 and a plaque will be presented to the undergraduate student best oral presentation and the undergraduate student best poster presentation. Plaques will be presented to honorable mention winner(s) in each category. If the judges conclude that there is not a deserving presentation in a given category, there will not be an award given in that category.
The winners of the previous year's Dwornik competition will be honored in the current year's LPSC Monday afternoon plenary session.
Photo courtesy of Jim Zimbelman, 2010
Stephen E. Dwornik worked for NASA's Lunar and Planetary Programs Division of the Office of Space Science and Applications from 1965 to 1967. In 1968, he became Chief of Planetology in the Planetary Programs Division of the Office of Space Science, a position he held until 1976, when he served as Chief of Planetary Geology in the same division and office until 1979. At NASA, he was one of the first to recognize that the precision engineered spacecraft that were being launched to the planets were nothing more than engineering experiements without scientific analysis of the returned data. That became his job—to find the best scientists to interpret the data returned from these missions and ultimately to understand the geologic development of the planets.
As Chief of Planetology and then Chief of Planetary Geology, he organized and managed a research program that lasted more than a dozen years, ensuring that NASA grants would be given to investigators who were doing interesting planetary research. The annual PGPI (Planetary Geology Principal Investigators) meeting that he organized became an early proving and training ground for planetary geology researchers and their students. His career spanned the time period from Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo to Mariner, Viking, and Voyager. Those who started with his monetary support are now the leading figures and founding members of the field of planetary geoscience, and graduate students whose work was funded by these grants became the second generation of planetary geoscientists.
After retiring from NASA, he worked for Ball Aerospace for a number of years, and then spent a decade organizing an annual space exploration-related elderhostel in association with William and Mary College. Dwornik was a son of Polish and Ukrainian immigrants, served during World War II, and felt a great debt of gratitude to the U.S. As such, he was interested in encouraging more U.S. students to enter the field of planetary science. In the 1970s very few U.S. students were studying planetary science, and Dwornik was concerned. In 1991, he made an endowment to the Geological Society of America specifically to award U.S. students in planetary geoscience. The awards are managed by the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America; and have been broadened by the PGD to include all aspects of planetary science submitted to the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.
Steve Dwornik and his wife currently live in the Washington D.C. area.
Note: This short biography was compiled by Jayne Aubele from informal notes supplied by Ted Maxwell, Smithsonian Institution, Joseph Boyce, University of Hawaii, and NASA’s Historical Archives.
Initially, in 1991, the Planetary Geology Division presented awards for best oral presentation at both the LPSC and GSA annual meetings. Beginning in 1992 awards were given only for best oral presentation at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference and honorable mention citations were first awarded. Awards for poster presentations at LPSC were initiated by the Planetary Geology Division in 1993. After realizing that an increasing number of undergraduate students were applying for the award, the Planetary Geology Division began separate award categories for Best Graduate and Best Undergraduate oral and poster presentations in 2009. The Dwornik Awards have become the preeminent award for U.S. graduate and undergraduate students in planetary science.
|2014 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Graduate Oral||Diane T. Wetzel (Brown University)||Dissolved Carbon Content of the Lunar Volcanic Glass Beads and Melt Inclusions: Carbon from the Lunar Interior|
|Hon. Mention – Grad Oral||Michelle S. Thompson (University of Arizona)||Nanoscale Analysis of Space-Weathering Features in Soils from Itokawa|
|Graduate Poster||Yuyan "Sara" Zhao (Stony Brook University)||Photochemical Influences on Bromine and Chlorine Geochemistry on the Martian Surface|
|Hon. Mention – Grad Poster||Jinping Hu (Arizona State University)||Back-Transformation of Ringwoodite in L5-6 Chondrite Mbale: Implications for the Preservation of Shock Effects in Highly Shocked Meteorites|
|Undergraduate Oral||George D. McDonald (Cornell University)||Examining Effects of Orbital Forcing on Titan's Dune Orientations|
|2013 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Graduate Oral||Elena S. Amador (University of Washington)||The Lost City Hydrothermal Field: A spectroscopic and astrobiological martian analog|
|Hon. Mention – Grad Oral||Matthew Chojnacki (University of Tennessee Knoxville)||Local sourcing and aeolian fractionation as factors for compositional heterogeneity of martian aeolian bedform sand|
|Graduate Poster||Rita Parai (Harvard University)||Strontium isotopic constraints on early solar system chronology|
|Hon. Mention – Grad Poster||Tabb C. Prissel (Brown University)||Mg-suite plutons: implications for mantle-derived primitive magma source depths on the moon|
|Undergraduate Oral||Katelyn M. Lehman (Texas Christian University)||Composition analysis of the Marius Hills Volcanic Complex using Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment and Moon Mineralogy Mapper|
|Hon. Mention – Undergrad Oral||Amanda L. Wagner (University of Arkansas)||Evaporation of ethane-methane liquid mixtures under simulated Titan conditions|
|Undergrad Poster||Nancy H. Thomas (University of Washington)||Identification of spectral endmembers in CRISM data using factor analysis and target transformation|
|2012 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Graduate Oral||Doug Hemingway (UC Santa Cruz)||Insights into lunar swirl morphology and magnetic source geometry: models for the Reiner Gamma and Airy anomalies|
|Hon. Mention - Grad Oral||Sonia Tikoo (Brown University)||Decline of the ancient lunar core dynamo|
|Graduate Poster||Isaac Smith (Univ Texas)||The northern spiral troughs of Mars as cyclic steps: a theoretical framework for calculating average migration and accumulation rates|
|Hon. Mention - Grad Poster||Andrew Ryan (Arizona State Univ)||Lava coils and drifting patterned ground in Cerberus Palus, Mars|
|Undergrad Poster||Terik Daly (Brigham Young Univ)||Steps toward an innovative electrospray-based particle source for dust accelerators|
|Hon. Mention - Undergrad Poster||Kelsey Crane (Univ Tennessee)||Shape and thermal modeling of a selection of M-type asteroids|
|Hon. Mention - Undergrad Poster||Heather Meyer (College of Charleston)||Using a new crustal thickness model to test previous candidate lunar basins and to search for new candidates|
|2011 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Graduate Oral||K. J. Zabrusky (Colorado School of Mines)||The Distribution and Depositional History of Sedimentary Deposits in Arabia Terra|
|Hon. Mention – Grad Oral||D. M Hurwitz (Brown University)||Modeling affects of Lunar Surface Slope, Temperature, and Material Properties on the Efficiency of Erosion during the Formation of Rima Prinz|
|Graduate Poster||C. E. Viviano (Univ Tennessee)||Using THEMIS to Address Discrepancies between OMEGA/CRISM and TES Detections of Phyllosilicates|
|Undergrad Poster||S. Christian (Bryn Mawr College)||Frequency Analysis of SHARAD Reflectors within the North Polar Layered Deposits, Mars and Implications For the Link between Radar and Optical Data|
|Hon. Mention – Undergrad Poster||N. Jamsja (Portland State Univ)||Presence of Hydrous Phases in two R Chondrites, Northwest Africa 6491 and 6492|
|2010 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Graduate Oral||Erin Shea (MIT)||Evidence for a Lunar Core Dynamo at 3.7 Ga from Mare Basalt 10020?|
|Graduate Poster||Kelsi Singer (Washington Univ)||Pits, Spots, Uplifts, and Small Chaos Regions on Europa: Evidence for Diapiric Upwelling from Morphology and Morphometry|
|Hon. Mention – Grad Oral||David Blair (Purdue Univ)||Testing Mechanisms for the Formation of a Ring of Graben in Central Raditladi Basin Mercury|
|Hon. Mention – Grad Poster||Charles Barnhart (UC Santa Cruz)||The Role of Impact Excavation in Distributing Clays Over Noachian Surfaces|
|Undergrad Oral||Jacob Richardson (E. Michigan Univ)||Identification of Volcanic Ridge in Northern Syria Planum, Mars: Constraint on Geologic History of Syria|
|Undergrad Poster||Cameron Mercer (Middlebury College)||Principal Components Analysis of Reflectance Spectra Returned by the Mars Exploration Rover|
|Hon. Mention – Undergrad Oral||Christina King (Univ Hawaii)||Martian Slope Streaks Form Sporadically Throughout the Year|
|2009 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Graduate Oral||Brendan Hermalyn (Brown Univ)||Early-Stage Ejecta Velocity Distribution|
|Graduate Poster||Michael Krawczynski (MIT)||Titanium Oxidation State and Coordination in the Lunar High Titanium Glass Source Mantle|
|Hon. Mention – Graduate||Mark Salvatore (Brown Univ)||Assessing the Mineralogy of Acidalia Planitia, Mars, Using Near-Infrared Orbital Spectroscopy|
|Undergrad Oral||Paul Richardson (Univ Washington)||The Relationship Between Lava Fans and Tubes on Olympus Mons in the Tharsis Region, Mars|
|Undergrad Poster||Mairi Litherland (Rice Univ)||Effects of Planetary Radius on Lithospheric Stresses and Magma Ascent on the Terrestrial Planets|
|Hon. Mention - Undergrad||Kaylan Burleigh (Univ Arizona)||Small Impacts Trigger Dust Landslides on Mars|
|2008 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Oral Presentation||Leah H. Roach (Brown Univ)||Constraints on the rate of sulfate phase changes in Valles Marineris interior layered deposits|
|Poster Presentation||Brian C. Hahn (SUNY-Stony Brook)||Martian Surface Heat Production and Crustal Heat Flow from Mars Odyssey Gamma-Ray Spectrometry|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Joshua T.S. Cahill (Univ Hawaii)||Radiative transfer modeling of geophysically targeted lunar impact crater central peaks|
|Hon. Mention - Poster||Melissa K. Bunte (AZ State Univ)||Geologic Mapping of the Zal Region of Io|
|Hon. Mention - Poster||Stephanie Brown (MIT)||Predicting Mercury's Ancient Crustal Composition|
|2007 Award||Recipient||Presentation Title|
|Oral Presentation||Sarah Stewart Johnson||Sulfur Volatiles in the Early Martian Atmosphere|
|Poster Presentation||Julie Chittenden||Effect of Wind on the Stability of Water Ice Under Martian Conditions|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Nick Tosca||Fe-Oxidation Processes at Meridiani Planum and Implications for Secondary Fe-Mineralogy|
|Hon. Mention - Poster||Caleb Fasset||Age Constraints on Martian Valley Networks from Buffered Crater Counting|
|2006 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Oral Presentation||Christine McCarthy (Brown Univ)||Ice/hydrate eutectics: The implications of microstructure and rheology on a multiphase Europan crust|
|Oral Presentation||Michael Ranen (Harvard Univ)||Barium isotope heterogeneities in early solar system materials|
|Poster Presentation||Justin Filiberto (Stony Brook Univ)||Are terrestrial ferropicrites analogues of martian rocks?|
|2005 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Oral Presentation||Jeffrey C. Hanna (Washington Univ)||Tectonic pressurization of aquifers in the formation of Mangala and Athabasca Valles on Mars|
|Poster Presentation||Sarah M. Milkovich (Brown Univ)||Stratigraphic analysis of the north polar cap of Mars|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Oleg Abramov (Univ Arizona)||Impact-induced hydrothermal activity on early Mars|
|2004 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Oral Presentation||Nicholas J. Tosca (Stony Brook Univ)|
|Poster Presentation||Keith A. Milam (Univ Tennessee)|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Sarah K. Noble (Brown Univ)|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Chris Okubo (Univ Nevada, Reno)|
|Hon. Mention - Poster||Joel A. Hurowitz (Stony Brook Univ)|
|2003 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Oral Presentation||Brad Thomson (Brown Univ)|
|Poster Presentation||Erin Kraal (Univ CA, Santa Cruz)|
|Hon. Mention - Poster||John Chappelow (Univ Alaska)|
|Hon. Mention - Poster||Catherine Corrigan (Case Western Reserve Univ)|
|2002 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Oral Presentation||Kelly Wilbur (Brown Univ)|
|Poster Presentation||Nicholas Warner (Stony Brook Univ)|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Molly McCanta (Brown Univ)|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Chris Okubo (Univ Nevada, Reno)|
|2001 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Oral Presentation||Sarah T. Stewart (CalTech)|
|Poster Presentation||Jennifer Anderson (Brown Univ)|
|Hon. Mention - Poster||Matthew Silver (Whitman College)|
|Hon. Mention - Poster||Kevin K. Williams (Arizona State Univ)|
|2000 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Oral Presentation||Christopher Cooper (Brown Univ)|
|Poster Presentation||Carolyn van der Bogert (Brown Univ)|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Jennifer Anderson (Brown Univ)|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Joshua Bandfield (Arizona State Univ)|
|Hon. Mention - Poster||Natasha Johnson (Washington Univ)|
|1999 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Oral Presentation||William A. Pike (Carleton College)||Melting temperatures in the Fe-Ni-S system at high pressures: Implications for the state of the martian core|
|Poster Presentation||Geoffrey Collins (Brown Univ)||Surface stresses resulting from internal differentiation: Application to Ganymede tectonics|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Carolyn van der Bogert (Brown Univ)||Experimental frictional heating of dolomitic marble: New insights for martian meteortite Allan Hills 84001|
|Hon. Mention - Poster||Elizabeth Addington (Univ Mass)||Clusters of Small volcanoes on Venus|
|Hon. Mention - Poster||Brian Banks (Southern Methodist Univ)||Intratessera flood-lava basins (ITB’s) constrain timing of crustal plateau structures|
|1998 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Oral Presentation||Nancy Chabot (Univ Arizona)||The effect of S on the solubility of K in m|
|Poster Presentation||Michelle E. Minitti (Brown Univ)||Assessment of shock effects on hornblende water contents and isotopic composition|
|1997 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Oral Presentation||Dante Lauretta (Washington Univ)||The Origin of Ni-bearing Sulfides in CI Carbonaceous Chondrites|
|Poster Presentation||Jannette Akridge (Univ Arkansas)||Fusion Crust and the Measurement of Surface Ages of Antarctic Ordinary Chondrites|
|Hon. Mention||Kevin Williams (Arizona State Univ)|
|Hon. Mention||Steven Hauck (Washington Univ)|
|Hon. Mention||Michelle E. Minitti (Brown Univ)|
|Hon. Mention||Nancy Chabot (Univ Arizona)|
|Hon. Mention||Rachel Mastrapa (Univ S. California)|
|Hon. Mention||Scott Mest (Univ Pittsburgh)|
|1996 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Oral Presentation||Catherine Weitz (Brown Univ)||Eruption and emplacement of lunar pyroclastic glasses as inferred from the 74001/2 section|
|Poster Presentation||Darren Williams (Penn State Univ)||Habitable planets with high obliquities|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Glenn A. Gaetani (MIT)||The effect of variable fO2/fS2 conditions on wetting angles in olivine/sulfide melt aggregates: mobility of sulfide
melt in the Earth's upper mantle
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Victoria Hamilton (Arizona State Univ)||Determining the composition of Mars: vibrational spectroscopy of the Zagami meteorite|
|Hon. Mention - Poster||Matthew Staid (Brown Univ)||Craters as indicators of compositional stratigraphy in Mare Tranquillitatis and Serenitatis|
|1995 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Oral Presentation||Laura Griffith (Washington Univ)|
|Poster Presentation||Erich Fischer (Brown Univ)|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Rachel Friedman (Univ Hawaii)|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Olivier Barnouin (Brown Univ)|
|Hon. Mention - Poster||Eric Grosfils (Brown Univ)|
|Hon. Mention - Poster||Thomas Burbine (MIT)|
|Hon. Mention - Poster||Jason Dahl (Bemidji State Univ)|
|1994 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Oral Presentation||Lauren Browning (Univ Tennessee)|
|Poster Presentation||Tracy K. P. Gregg (Arizona State Univ)|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Maribeth Price (Princeton Univ)|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Robert Pappalardo (Arizona State Univ)|
|Hon. Mention - Poster||Melissa Wenrich (Arizona State Univ)|
|1993 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Oral Presentation||Laura Watson (CalTech)|
|Poster Presentation||Patrick McGovern (MIT)|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Lauren Browning (Univ Tennessee)|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Jessica Sunshine (Brown Univ)|
|Hon. Mention - Poster||Erich Fischer (Brown Univ)|
|Hon. Mention - Poster||Edward S. Michlovich (Purdue Univ)|
|Hon. Mention - Poster||Brian Tonks (Univ Arizona)|
|1992 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Oral Presentation||Nathan T. Bridges (Arizona State Univ)|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Kenneth S. Edgett (Arizona State Univ)|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Tracy K. P. Gregg (Arizona State Univ)|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Bradley G. Henderson (Univ Colorado)|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Timothy J. McCoy (Univ Hawaii)|
|Hon. Mention - Oral||Elizabeth McFarlane (Arizona State Univ)|
|1991 Award||Recipient (Institution)||Presentation Title|
|Oral Presentation LPSC||Laurinda Chamberlin (CalTech)|
|Oral Presentation GSA||Robert Sullivan (Arizona State Univ)|
The Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award is for undergraduate or graduate students, of any nationality, working in any country, in the disciplines of geology, geophysics, geochemistry, astronomy, or biology. The award, which will include $2500, is to be applied for the study of impact craters, either on Earth or on the other solid bodies in the solar system. Areas of study may include but shall not necessarily be limited to impact cratering processes; the bodies (asteroidal or cometary) that make the impacts; or the geological, chemical, or biological results of impact cratering.
|2013||Michael Zanetti||Washington University in St. Louis|
|2012||Cameron M. Mercer||Arizona State University|
|2011||Olivia Thomson||University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez|
|2010||Timmons Erickson||University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez|
|2009||Matthew Wielicki||University of California, Los Angeles|
|2008||James Darling||University of Bristol, United Kingdom|
|2007||Jillian A. Hudgins||University of New Brunswick|
|2006||Vishnu Reddy||University of North Dakota|
|2005||Johanna Kieniewicz||Washington University|
|2003||Charlotte Pearce||Open University, United Kingdom|
|2002||Ann Bäckström|| Kungl Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm, Sweden|
(trans. Royal Institute of Technology)
|2001||Francis D. Winslow III||State University of New York, Stony Brook|
|2000||Gordon R. Osinski||University of New Brunswick|
|1999||Susanna L. Widicus||Illinois Wesleyan University|
Pellas-Ryder Award for Best Student Paper in Planetary Sciences
This award, which is jointly sponsored by the Meteoritical Society and the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America, is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who is first author of the best planetary science paper published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal during the year prior to the award. Any first author of a paper published on a topic listed on the cover of Meteoritics & Planetary Science who was a student when the paper was submitted is eligible for consideration for this award. The award has been given since 2001, and honors the memories of meteoriticist Paul Pellas and lunar scientist Graham Ryder.
The Award is limited to undergraduate and graduate students who are first authors of a papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals during a specific calendar year. The first author must have been a registered student at a degree awarding institution at the time the paper was submitted to the publishing journal. Two letters of certification are required: (1) From the student's department head attesting that the individual was a student at the time of paper submission to the publishing journal; (2) From the student's advisor detailing the portion of the work done by the student and contributed by others including the advisor. Planetary science papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals published in English only will be considered for this award. Students of Selection Committee members are not eligible for the Award.
Papers will be considered for the Award by nomination to the Selection Committee. Committee members, full members of the Geological Society of America, full members of the Meteoritical Society, or full members of any of their associated societies may make nominations. The nomination may be addressed to the Secretaries of either the Planetary Geology Division of the GSA or the Meteoritical Society, who will forward the nominations to the Chair of the Selection Committee. (Members of the Selection Committee may make nominations directly to the Chair of the Committee.)
Alternatively, nominations can be made directly to the Chair of the Selection Committee. Submissions for consideration should be sent (as PDF documents) by email to: Dr. Debra Buczkowski, Debra.Buczkowski@jhuapl.edu. Submissions also may be sent by regular mail to:
Dr. Debra Buczkowski
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
11100 Johns Hopkins Rd.
Laurel, MD 20723-6099
Questions or inquiries may be directed to Dr. Debra Buczkowski at: Debra.Buczkowski@jhuapl.edu
The deadline for nominations is January 31 each year. The Selection Committee will review nominated papers published during the previous calendar year, and create a short list by the end of February. Committee members will read the short list and make their rankings in time for the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) in mid-March. The Committee will meet at LPSC and settle on their final recommendations. At least one month before the Meteoritical Council gathers at the annual meeting of the Meteoritical Society, the Committee Chair will send a report of the recommendation to the two Societies. Included in the report will be the abstract of the paper and an explanation of why the paper is being recommended for the Award.
The Meteoritical Society provides a check for $500.00 U.S., and sends it directly to the recipient after notifying the recipient that they have been selected to receive the Award. GSA provides the recipient with a framed certificate. If the recipient attends either the GSA Annual Meeting or the Meteoritical Society Annual Meeting in the year of the award, the certificate is presented there. Otherwise, the certificate is presented at the annual LPSC meeting the year following the award. If the recipient attends none of these conferences, GSA ships the certificate to the recipient. A brief citation, written by the Committee Chair and the lead nominator, is published in Meteoritics and Planetary Science and included in the GSA Planetary Geology Division newsletter.
|Award Year||Winner||Institution||Journal||Year, Vol, Pages||Title|
|2013||Christoph Burkhardt||(ETH Zurich)||Earth Planetary Science Letters||2012, 357-358, 298-307||Origin of isotopic heterogeneity in the solar nebula by thermal processing and mixing of nebular dust|
|2012||Patthoff, Alex||Univ. Idaho||Geophysical Research Letters||2011, 38, L18201||A fracture history on Enceladus provides evidence for a global ocean.|
|2011||Beck, Andrew W.||Univ. Tennessee||Meteoritics and Planetary Science||2010, 45, 850-872||Diogenites as polymict breccias composed of orthopyroxenite and harzburgite|
|2010||Reddy, Vishnu||Univ. North Dakota||MAPS||2009, 44, 1917-1927||Composition of 298 Baptistina: Implications for the K/T impactor link|
|2009||Ehlmann, Bethany||Brown University||Science||2008, 322, 1828-1832||Orbital identification of carbonate-bearing rocks on Mars|
|2008||Touboul, Matthieu||ETH||Nature||2007, 450, 1206-1209||Late formation and prolonged differentiation of the Moon inferred from W isotopes in lunar metals|
|2007||Richardson, James E. Jr.||Univ. Arizona||Icarus||2005, 179, 325-349||The global effects of impact-induced seismic activity on fractured asteroid surface morphology|
|2007*||Toppani, Alice||CRPG-CNRS||GCA||2006, 70, 5035-5060||Laboratory condensation of refractory dust in protosolar and circumstellar conditions|
|2006||Wyrick, Danielle||Univ. Texas, San Antonio||JGR-Planets||2004, 109, E06005||Distribution, Morphology and Origins of Martian Pit Crater Chains|
|2005||Itoh, Soichi||Tokyo Inst. Tech.||Nature||2003, 423, 728-731||Contemporaneous formation of chondrules and refractory inclusions in the early Solar System|
|2004||Dauphas, Nocolas||CRPG-CNRS||Astrophys. J.||2002, 565, 640-644||Molybdenum evidence for inherited planetary scale isotope heterogeneity in the protosolar nebula|
|2003||Davidsson, Björn||Uppsala University||Icarus||2001, 149, 375-383||Tidal splitting and rotational breakup of solid biaxial ellipsoids|
|2002||Johnson, Natasha||Washington Univ.||Icarus||2000, 146, 301-306||Water on Venus: New Insights from Tremolite Decomposition|
* Timing of award adjusted by presenting two in same year
Distinguished Service Award
Ronald Greeley Award for Distinguished Service
In 2011, the PGD established the Ronald Greeley Award for Distinguished Service. This award may be given to those members of the PGD, and those outside of the Division and GSA, who have rendered exceptional service to the PGD for a multi-year period. The award is not open to currently serving members of the Management Board, but may be awarded to past members of the Management Board who have provided exceptional service to the PGD after their term on the Management Board has ended. Nominations for the award may be made by any PGD member to the Management Board prior to June 30 of each year, and approval of the award must be by majority vote of the Management Board. The names of awardees must be supplied to GSA Headquarters by August 1 of each year. The award consists of a certificate signed by the Chair, and will be presented each year at the Division's Business Meeting/Awards Reception at the Annual Meeting.
|2013||James R. Zimbelman||Smithsonian Institution|
|2012||David Kring||Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)|
|The Meteorite Market
Student Travel Grants
Student Travel Grants for GSA Meeting
The Planetary Geology Division (PGD) of the Geological Society of America is offering two travel grants of $1000 each to help defray costs for PGD student members who are traveling to the GSA Annual Meeting to present first-authored papers.
Applicants for student travel awards must:
- Be first author and presenter of a talk (or poster) that has been specifically submitted to (and accepted for presentation at) the GSA annual meeting.
- Be a Student Member of both GSA and the Planetary Geology Division. Click here to join or to renew your membership.
- Be registered for the meeting before applying for a travel grant. Click here to register.
- Submit a completed Travel Grant Application, current CV, and a short justification (~300-500 words) for why travel funding is needed. If you are a co-convener of a session, also give that session's title.
A student can only receive one GSA travel grant per meeting. You will be notified of your application status in September. Checks will be presented at the meeting, following your talk or poster.
Application deadline is September 20th. Download and complete the Travel Grant Application Form. Completed application materials need to be submitted as a single PDF file to the PGD 2nd Vice-Chair, Danielle Wyrick (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Jessica A. McBeck
Univ Mass, Amherst
|2011||Robert Jacobsen||Univ Tennessee, Knoxville|
|University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee |
University of South Florida
Sarah Beth Cadieux
University of Tennessee
Washington University, St. Louis