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How to Nominate Colleagues for GSA Awards

Questions? Please contact:
Recognition Programs and Membership Recruitment Manager,
+1-303-357-1028, fax 303-357-1070,

Nominations for the 2016 Awards are due to GSA headquarters
by 1 February 2016.

Submit a
Nomination Now

The 2016 nominations are due 1 February.

  1. Complete the online nomination form.
  2. E-mail appropriate supporting documents to

    or mail to:
      Geological Society of America
      Attn: Grants, Awards & Recognition
      PO Box 9140
      Boulder, CO 80301-9140

Specific award requirements are outlined below.

 Required Information

  1. ONLINE NOMINATION FORM
  2. CURRICULUM VITAE
    • Required for all medals and awards.
      Suggested sources: American Men and Women of Science; Who's Who in America; GSA Service Record (obtainable from headquarters)
  3. NOMINATION LETTER
    • Summary of scientific contributions to geology and to the Society. 300 words or less.
      (Required for all awards except for Doris Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award.)
    • Full letter of nomination clearly stating the impact of the dissertation research; plus dissertation title and abstract (Doris Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science only)
  4. SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
    • 20 titles or less (Penrose, Day, Honorary Fellow, Geologic Mapping)
    • 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
    20 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
Day Medal 3 GSA Fellows + 2 Scientists 6 total
Young Scientist 5 scientists 6 total
Honorary Fellow
*Nominator must be a GSA Fellow
2 GSA Fellows
+ 1 GSA Fellow or a person of equivalent international stature
4 total
Geologic Mapping 3 GSA Fellows or Members 4 total
Bromery, OWISA 2 GSA Members + 1 Scientist 4 total
Distinguished Service, Public Service Letters are optional 1 total