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A Future for GSA Gold Medals?We need your help!

GSA supports a number of awards and medals to recognize excellence. On this page you will find a description of each award in addition to nominating information. For more information contact Program Officer - Grants, Awards & Recognition, , +1-303-357-1028.

topPenrose Medal

Penrose MedalThe Penrose Medal was established in 1927 by R.A.F. Penrose, Jr., to be awarded in recognition of eminent research in pure geology, for outstanding original contributions or achievements that mark a major advance in the science of geology.

The award is made only at the discretion of the Council, which interprets pure geology to apply to all scientific disciplines represented by the Society. Nominees, represented by the Council, may or may not be members of the Society, and may be from any nation. Penrose's sole objective in making the gift was to encourage original work in purely scientific geology. Scientific achievements should be considered rather than contributions in teaching, administration, or service. Mid-career scientists who have already made exceptional contributions should be given full consideration for the award.

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Deadline for Nominations: 1 February

topArthur L. Day Medal

The Arthur L. Day Medal was established in 1948 through a donation by Arthur L. Day, Founding Director of the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

It is awarded annually, or less frequently at the discretion of the Council, to recognize outstanding distinction in the application of physics and chemistry to the solution of geologic problems, with no restriction to the particular field of geologic research. It was Dr. Day's wish to provide an award to recognize outstanding achievement in research and to inspire further effort, rather than to reward a distinguished career, and so it has been the longstanding practice of The Society to award this medal to geoscientists actively pursuing a research career.Arthur L. Day Medal

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Deadline for Nominations: 1 February

topYoung Scientist Award

Donath Medal(Donath Medal)
The Young Scientist Award was established in 1988 to be awarded to a young scientist (35 or younger throughout the year in which the award is to be presented) for outstanding achievement in contributing to geologic knowledge through original research that marks a major advance in the earth sciences.

For 2015, only those candidates born on or after 1 January 1980 are eligible for consideration.

The award, consisting of a gold medal called the Donath Medal and an honorarium, was endowed by Dr. and Mrs. Fred A. Donath.

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Deadline for Nominations: 1 February

topBromery Award for Minorities

Bill & Cecile BromeryRandolph W. "Bill" and Cecile T. Bromery established the Bromery Fund for Minorities with the GSA Foundation in 1999 to provide support for the Randolph W. "Bill" and Cecile T. Bromery Award for Minorities. The award shall be awarded to any minority, preferably African Americans, "who have made significant contributions to research in the geological sciences, or those who have been instrumental in opening the geoscience field to other minorities."

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Deadline for Nominations: 1 February

topGSA Distinguished Service Award

The GSA Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals for exceptional service to the Society. GSA Members, Fellows, Associates, and employees may be nominated for consideration. Any GSA member or employee may make a nomination for the award. Awardees are selected by the Executive Committee, and all selections are ratified by the Council.

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Deadline for Nominations: 1 February

topDoris Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award

In partnership with Subaru and in memory of Doris M. Curtis, GSA makes an annual Outstanding Woman in Science Award as a means to encourage women in the geosciences.

The Woman in Science Award will be awarded to a woman that has impacted the field of the geosciences in a major way based on their Ph.D. research. Women are eligible for the first 3 years following her degree.

Doris Curtis was GSA's 103rd President. Her popularity was widespread and she pioneered many new directions for geology, not the least of which was her tenure as GSA President after an unbroken chain of 102 men. Causes dear to Doris were women, public awareness, minorities and education.

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Deadline for Nominations: 1 February

topGSA Public Service Award

The GSA Public Service Award in honor of Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker, was established by Council in 1998 to be awarded for contributions that have materially enhanced the public's understanding of the earth sciences, or significantly served decision-makers in the application of scientific and technical information in public affairs and public policy related to the earth sciences. This may be accomplished by individual achievement through:

The award will normally go to a GSA member, with exceptions approved by Council. It may be presented posthumously to a descendent of the awardee.

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Deadline for Nominations: 1 February

topGSA President's Medal

GSA President's Medal
The President's Medal of the Geological Society of America, commissioned in 2007, will be conferred only on individuals, groups, or entities whose impact has profoundly enhanced the geoscience profession through: (a) supporting and contributing to the Society; (b) advancing geosciences, enhancing professional growth, and/or promoting geosciences in service of humankind; or (c) significantly enlarging the range of scientific achievement for the growth of our profession.

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Nominated only by the GSA President.

topGeologic Mapping Award

The Geologic Mapping Awardís concept was approved by GSA Council in October 2013 and the first award will be presented in 2015. This award acknowledges contributions in published high-quality geologic mapping that led the recipient to publish significant new scientific or economic-resource discoveries, and to contribute greater understanding of fundamental geologic processes and concepts. The objective is to encourage training and support toward production of excellent, accurate, detailed, purposeful geologic maps and cross sections. With respect to size or scale, there are no restrictions on map products.

The recipient will have authored high-quality geologic maps, cross sections, and summary reports that have received scientific acclaim and are available to both peers and the public, through Federal or State agencies or major scientific societies. In evaluating the merits of nominees for this award, scientific achievements should be considered rather than contributions in teaching, administration, or service. Nominees may or may not be members of the Society, and they may be from any nation.

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Deadline for Nominations: 1 February

topHonorary Fellows

Geologists who have distinguished themselves in geological investigations or in notable service to the Society may be elected as Honorary Fellows. In practice, nearly all candidates are non-North Americans who live and work outside of North America. The most noteworthy exceptions were astronauts. Most Honorary Fellows have been elected after many years of outstanding and internationally recognized contributions to the science. Honorary Fellows do not have to be members of GSA to be considered.

The program was established by the GSA Council in 1909, and since then, except during a few war years, one or more Honorary Fellows have been elected annually.

The Council of the Society encourages the membership to submit names of qualified candidates for this honor. In preparing a nomination, it is imperative that the original research and scientific advances of the candidate be stressed. All supporting data, especially degrees received, publications, positions, etc., should also be verified by the nominator.

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Deadline for Nominations: 1 February

topJohn C. Frye Environmental Geology Award

In cooperation with the Association of American State Geologists (AASG), GSA makes an annual award for the best paper on environmental geology published either by GSA or by one of the state geological surveys. The award is $1,000 cash from the endowment income of the GSA Foundation's John C. Frye Memorial Fund.

The paper must be selected from GSA or state geological survey publications; it must be selected from those published during the preceding three full calendar years; and the nomination must include a paragraph stating the pertinence of the paper.

Nominated papers must establish an environmental problem or need; provide substantive information on the basic geology or geologic process pertinent to the problem; relate the geology to the problem or need; suggest solutions or provide appropriate land-use recommendations based on the geology; present the information in a manner that is understandable and directly usable by geologists; and address the environmental need or resolve the problem. It is preferred that the paper be directly applicable by informed laypersons (e.g., planners, engineers).

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Deadline for Nominations: 31 March