Honors & Awards

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GSA Awards

Nominations due 15 February


Nominations due 1 February


Nominations due 15 June


GSA Awards Nominations

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Required Information for GSA Awards

1. Online Nomination Form

All nominations due 15 February each year.

Exception: GSA International Distinguished Career Award nominations due 1 March.

2. Curriculum Vitae

Required for all medals and awards.

Award nominations require a bibliography in addition to the CV. If a bibliography is included as part of the CV, please supply only the number of selected titles required for the nomination.

Note: No bibliography is required for the Halbouty Distinguished Lecturer Award.

3. Nomination Letter

Summary of scientific contributions to geology and to the Society. 300 words or less. (See below for specific nomination letter requirements for the Honorary Fellow Award and the Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award.)

Honorary Fellow Award only:

The Honorary Fellowship Nomination Letter to be one (1) nomination letter that is two (2) but no longer than three (3) pages in length and is endorsed by the supporting nominators (signatures not included in page limit).

Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award only:

  1. Full letter of nomination clearly stating the impact of the dissertation research; plus dissertation title and abstract.
  2. DEI promotion activities are to be included in the submitted Letter of Nomination and submitted letters of support.
  3. Additionally, Nominators and Support Letter Writers are requested to address the continued impact of the nominee and their Ph.D. research to the scientific community by including the following:
    1. Relevance of the work to the specialty field and more broadly to the geosciences and society.
    2. Discussion of the impact of the Ph.D. work via altered ways of thinking, new techniques, new citation data of resulting publications, etc.
    3. Efforts by nominee to impact the geosciences through activities such as mentoring, teaching, and initiatives promoting diversity in the field.

4. Selected Bibliography

  • 20 titles or less (Penrose, Day, Honorary Fellow, GSA International Distinguished Career)
  • 10 titles or less (Young Scientist, Public Service, Doris Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science)
  • Optional (Distinguished Service, Bromery Award)

5. Selected Bibliography of Geologic Maps

15 titles or less including PDFs or website links to several key maps authored by nominee (Geologic Mapping only).

6. Letters of Support

Nominations require supporting letters in addition to the nomination letter. Supporting letters must discuss candidates qualifications with regard to the specific criteria listed for the medal or award. These letters of support may be emailed or mailed to GSA. Please supply only the number of supporting letters required.

Award Name # supporting letters needed Total # letters
including nomination letters
Penrose Medal 5 GSA Fellows or members 6 total
Arthur L. Day Medal 3 GSA Fellows + 2 scientists 6 total
Young Scientist Award (Donath Medal) 4 scientists 5 total
Honorary Fellow
*Nominator must be a GSA Fellow
None. Nomination letter is endorsed by 2 GSA Fellows + 1 GSA Fellow or a person of equivalent international stature. 1 total
Florence Bascom Geologic Mapping Award 3 GSA Fellows or members 4 total
Randolph W. “Bill” and Cecile T. Bromery Award, Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award 2 GSA members + 1 scientist 4 total
GSA International Distinguished Career 1 scientist 2 total
GSA Distinguished Service, Public Service Letters are optional 1 total
Halbouty Lecturer Award None 1 total

GSA requires that no award funds be used for institutional overhead or other 'indirect' costs.

All awards committees have as a guideline an evaluation rubric with suggested metrics that are agreed upon by each committee in advance of deliberations.