Award Announcements

Announcements of Faculty Awards

Shrinivas (Shri) Kulkarni awarded the 2017 Dan David Prize

Ed Stolper was selected as a recipient of the 2017 Roebling Medal, which is the highest award of the Mineralogical Society of America for scientific eminence as represented primarily by scientific publication of outstanding research in mineralogy.

Dianne Newman & Victoria Orphan named MacArthur Fellows.  The Fellowship is a five-year grant awarded to "individuals who show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future," according to the foundation's press release.

Konstantin Batygin named one of the 10 most brilliant by Popular Science.  Every Year Popular Science launchs a nationwide search to seek the 10 most innovative young minds in science and engineering. These researchers bring creative solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.

Zhongwen Zhan awarded the 2016 Keiiti Aki Young Scientist Award from AGU.  The Keiiti Aki Young Scientist Award recognizes the scientific accomplishments of young scientists in the field of seismology.

Paul Asimow awarded 2015-16 Graduate Student Council teaching award .

Mark Simons named Solid Earth Science Co-Lead for the NISAR Science Definition Team.  Launching in late 2020, NISAR is a joint U.S. - India radar satellite mission that will image most of the Earth's subaerial surface every 12 days.  NISAR will provide key observations that constrain basic processes in earthquake science, glaciology, hydrology and ecosystem change, as well as situational awareness information for post-disaster response.  For more information on NISAR, please visit http://nisar.jpl.nasa.gov

John Eiler elected to the National Academy of Sciences.  Members are elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive.

Dianne Newman awarded the NAS Award in Molecular Biology.  The award citation recognizes her for "launching the field of molecular geomicrobiology" and fostering greater awareness of the important roles microorganisms have played and continue to play in how Earth evolved.

Ted and Ginger Jenkins Leadership Chair a Tribute to Exploration.  Ted (BS '65, MS '66) and Ginger Jenkins—longtime Caltech supporters and early employees in the semiconductor industry—have established a leadership chair for the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences (GPS). The new leadership chair is one of a set of discretionary endowments being established for Caltech's president, provost, and the leaders of each academic division.

Ted (BS '65, MS '66) and Ginger Jenkins—longtime Caltech supporters and early employees in the semiconductor industry—have established a leadership chair for the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences (GPS). The new leadership chair is one of a set of discretionary endowments being established for Caltech's president, provost, and the leaders of each academic division. - See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/news/new-jenkins-leadership-chair-tribute-explora...
Ted (BS '65, MS '66) and Ginger Jenkins—longtime Caltech supporters and early employees in the semiconductor industry—have established a leadership chair for the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences (GPS). The new leadership chair is one of a set of discretionary endowments being established for Caltech's president, provost, and the leaders of each academic division. - See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/news/new-jenkins-leadership-chair-tribute-explora...

Mike Gurnis awarded the 2015 Gordon Bell Prize for realistically simulating the forces inside the Earth that drive plate tectonics.  The Gordon Bell Prizes are a set of awards awarded by the Association for Computing Machinery in conjunction with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers each year at The Supercomputing Conference to recognize outstanding achievement in high-performance computing applications. The main purpose of the award is to acknowledge, reward, and thereby assess the progress of parallel computing. The awards were established in 1987.  In 2003, Jeroen Tromp along with his postdoc Dimitri Komatitsch were recipients of the Prize.  More information on the Gordon Bell Prizes and award winners.

Yuk Yung awarded the 2015 Kuiper Prize. The Gerard P. Kuiper Prize, was established by the DPS to recognize and honor outstanding contributors to planetary science. It is to be awarded to scientists whose achievements have most advanced our understanding of the planetary system.

Bethany Ehlmann selected for the 2015 AGU Macelwane Medal.  In an environment that encourages experimentation, innovation, and the free exchange of ideas, these outstanding contributors to the Earth and space sciences thrive. Their work has a profound impact on the ways we live and think.

Joe Kirschvink elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.  Society Fellowship is an honor bestowed on the best of our profession by election at the spring GSA Council meeting. GSA members are nominated by existing GSA Fellows in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the geosciences through such avenues as publications, applied research, teaching, administration of geological programs, contributing to the public awareness of geology, leadership of professional organizations, and taking on editorial, bibliographic, and library responsibilities.

Ken Farley  selected to receive the 2015 Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal by determining the age-date of a rock on Mars – the first age-dating done on another planet. These awards are NASA's most prestigious awards. The Agency Honor Awards are approved by the Administrator and presented to carefully selected individuals and groups of individuals, both Government and non-Government, who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to the Agency's mission.

Joe Kirschvink elected Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation

Hiroo Kanamori awarded the Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal.  The Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal is given to a recipient with consistent contributions of high-quality scientific achievements and service to the Earth sciences having lasting, historic value; who has been recognized for accomplishments in field(s) of expertise by professional societies, universities, or other organizations; and is a senior scientist nearing completion or has completed full-time regular employment.

Peter Wyllie received in 2015 one of the new Fellowships of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics.  To see the IUGG announcements of the new 2015 Awards, and the lists of all Award recipients, visit the IUGG website.  http://www.iugg.org/honors/u_awards.php

Heather Knutson has been awarded a 2015 Sloan Fellowship

Victoria Orphan elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. The Academy, the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, recognizes excellence, originality, and leadership in the microbiological sciences, and election to this group is a mark of distinction.

Heather Knutson has been awarded the Newton Lacy Pierce Prize for 2015. The Pierce Prize is awarded annually for outstanding achievement over the past five years in observational astronomical research based on measurements of radiation from astronomical objects. It is given to an astronomer who has not attained 36 years of age in the year designated for the award.

Konstantin Batygin selected for Forbes's 2015 30 under 30: Science

Jean-Philippe Avouac named 2014 American Geophysical Union Fellow.

Simona Bordoni received the 2014 ISSNAF Award for Young Investigators for her research entitled "Fundamental Monsoon Dynamics: Aquaplanet monsoons and their response to climate changes".

Andy Thompson - has been awarded a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. Packard Fellowships are awarded annually by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to the nation's "most innovative early-career scientists and engineers" to provide them with "flexible funding and the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their fields," according to the foundation.

Hiroo Kanamori - Recipient of the William Bowie Medal from (AGU).  The medal was established in 1939 to honor Willliam Bowie, the first president of the AGU, and is given in recognition for "outstanding contributions to fundamental geophysics and for unselfish cooperation in research."

The medal was established in 1939 to honor William Bowie, the first president of the AGU (1920–1922), and is given in recognition for "outstanding contributions to fundamental geophysics and for unselfish cooperation in research." - See more at: http://www.gps.caltech.edu/content/hiroo-kanamori-receives-william-bowie...

Joe Kirschvink - Selected as the 2014 recipient of the George P. Woollard award by Geophysics Division of the Geological Society of America.  This award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding geology contributions through the application of the principles and techniques of geophysics.

Victor Tsai - Awarded 2014 Charles F. Richter Early Career Award by the Seismological Society of America. The Charles F. Richter Early Career Award honors outstanding contributions to the goals of the Society by a member early in her or his career. No more than one Richter Award may be given each calendar year. The Richter award is presented at the annual meeting following the year of the award.

Ken Farley - Elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Woody Fischer - Awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the Colorado College Board of Trustees and welcoming speaker at 2014 commencement

Yuk Yung - The Chinese-American Engineers and Scientists Association of Southern California (CESASC) selected Professor Yung to be a recipient of 2014 CESASC Achievement Award.

Joe Kirschvink - Named Japan Geoscience Union Fellow.  The Japan Geoscience Union Fellowship Program was established in order to confer fellowship honors upon individuals who have either rendered conspicuous contributions to the field of geoscience, or whose distinguished contributions to JpGU activities are highly valued by the JpGU.

Bethany Ehlmann - Named a Mineralogical Society of America Distinguished Lecturer for 2014/2015

Pablo Ampuero - Recipient of the IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lectureship

Michael Gurnis has been honored as one of the recipients, along with Sonja Spasojevic, of the 2014 Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Their article, "Sea level and vertical motion of continents from dynamic earth model since the Late Cretaceous", was selected as best original article published in the AAPG Bulletin in 2012.

Jennifer Jackson has been name Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America.  Members who have contributed significantly to the advancement of mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry, petrology, or allied sciences and whose scientific contribution utilized mineralogical studies or data may be designated as Fellows upon proper accreditation by the Committee on Nomination for Fellows and election by the Council.

John Grotzinger has been selected to receive the NASA Outstanding Public Leadership Medal for outstanding leadership as the Project Scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory Project. This NASA Honor Award is presented to a number of carefully selected individuals who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to the NASA mission. 

John Grotzinger has been selected to accept a NASA Group Achievement Award on behalf of the MSL Science Office Development and Operations Team for exceptional achievement defining Curiosity's scientific goals and requirements, supporting the instrument teams and investigations, and successful operations on Mars. This NASA Honor Award is presented to a number of carefully selected teams who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to the NASA mission. 

Andrew Thompson has been awarded the 2013 Early Career Award by the AGU Ocean Sciences Section

Bethany Ehlmann has received a 2013 Emerging Explorer Award by National Geographic.  

Mike Brown and Ken Farley have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.  Members are elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive.

Ken Farley and John Eiler have been named Geochemistry Fellows. The Geochemical Society (GS) and The European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) established the honorary title of Geochemistry Fellow, to be bestowed upon outstanding scientists who have, over some years, made a major contribution to the field of geochemistry. The joint EAG/ GS Geochemical Fellows committee met recently and recommended Ken and John for this award, which will be presented at the Goldschmidt meeting in Florence this summer ( http://goldschmidt.info/2013/).

John A. Johnson has been awarded the Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Johnson was recognized for his dedication, passion, and innovation in teaching as well as his ability to inspire his students.

Heather A. Knutson is the 2012 recipient of the Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy.

John A. Johnson received the 2012 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize at the 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

Victoria Orphan has been selected to receive a Marine Microbiology Investigator Award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. 

Jared R. Leadbetter, professor of environmental microbiology, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Fellows of the academy are elected annually through a selective, peer-review process based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

Jean-Paul Ampuero has received a NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. 

Mike Brown has been named one of Time's 25 Most Influential People in Space.

Mike Gurnis has been awarded the Augustus Love Medal of the European Geosciences Union. The Augustus Love Medal is awarded to a distinguished scientist in the field of geodynamics, comprising mantle and core convection, tectonophysics, post-glacial rebound and earth rotation.

Victor Tsai has won the 2012 Keiiti Aki Young Scientist Award, which is given every year to an outstanding young seismologist who is within three years of receiving her/his Ph.D.

Michael Lamb is the recipient of the Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award for 2012. The Luna B. Leopold Award is given to scientists within 5 years of their Ph.D (or equivalent) degree. This award is given to recognize a young scientist for making a significant and outstanding contribution that advances the field of earth and planetary surface processes .

Mike Brown has been named a co-winner of the 2012 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics for his efforts to understand the outer solar system—work that led to the demotion of Pluto.

John Eiler has been named recipient of the 2012 Arthur L. Day Medal. The Arthur L. Day Medal is a prize awarded by the Geological Society of America, established in 1948 by Arthur Louis Day for "outstanding distinction in contributing to geologic knowledge through the application of physics and chemistry to the solution of geologic problems".

Dianne K. Newman has been selected by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Editorial Board to receive the Cozzarelli Prize , awarded in Class 1, Physical and Mathematical Sciences. The paper is titled: "Microaerobic steroid biosynthesis and the molecular fossil record of Archean life," (2011) PNAS 108 (33) 13409-13414. The Cozzarelli Prize, named in honor of late Editor-in-Chief Nicholas R. Cozzarelli, is awarded to papers published in PNAS to recognize their outstanding scientific excellence and originality. The papers represent the six Academy classes.

Hiroo Kanamori has been elected as a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciencesin recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer.

Bethany Ehlmann has been awarded the Zeldovich Medal by the International Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Commission B (planetary). The Zeldovich Medals are conferred by the Russian Academy of Sciences and COSPAR to young scientists for excellence and achievements. They honor the memory of the distinguished astrophysicist Academician Yakov B. Zeldovich.

Paul Asimow has been awarded the 2011/12 Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The Feynman Teaching Prize recognizes Caltech faculty members who demonstrate "unusual ability, creativity and innovation" in their courses. Although there were several candidates who fit these criteria and who had vigorous support from their nominators, the Feynman Prize Committee decided to present this year's award to Dr. Paul Asimow, for his exceptional energy, originality, and ability to explain complicated concepts effectively. In his enthusiasm, clarity, and depth of knowledge, Paul Asimow vividly illustrates the qualities for which the Feynman Teaching Prize was established.

Jason Saleeby has been named recipient of the GSA Distinguished Geologic Career Award by the Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology (MGPV) Division.The award is given to an individual who, throughout his/her career, has made distinguished contributions in one or more of the following fields of research: mineralogy, geochemistry, petrology, volcanology, with emphasis on multidisciplinary, field-based contributions. This award emphasizes a geologic and multidisciplinary approach. Geologic work is by nature generalistic and has an important field component, with Earth as the natural laboratory.

Ed Stolper has received the degree of Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causia  from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This degree is made in recognition of his groundbreaking contributions to igneous petrology and to the study of the Earth's interior and other planets. 

Ed Stolper has been named recipient of the  V.M. Goldschmidt Award for 2012. This award is made for major achievements in geochemistry or cosmochemistry, consisting of either a single outstanding contribution, or a series of publications that have had great influence on the field.

Heather Knutson - Recipient of the Annie J. Cannon Award in Astronomy for 2012, awarded by the American Astronomical Society. This award is given to a North American female astronomer within five years of receiving her PhD in the year designated by the award. The Cannon Award is for outstanding research and promise for future research by a postdoctoral woman researcher.  

Woodward Fischer - Recipient of the 2011 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering . Packard Fellows must be faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering, and must be within the first three years of their faculty careers.

John Grotzinger - Recipient of the Laurence L. Sloss Award of the Geological Society of America. The Sloss award is given annually to sedimentary geologist whose lifetime achievements best exemplify those of Larry Sloss - i.e., achievements that contribute widely to the field of sedimentary geology and through services to GSA.

Joe Kirschvink has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the William Gilbert Award of the Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism Section of the American Geophysical Union. The award recognizes outstanding and unselfish work in magnetism of Earth materials and of the Earth and planets.

Victoria Orphan - Recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE Award), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The Presidential early career awards embody the high priority the Obama Administration places on producing outstanding scientists and engineers to advance the Nation's goals, tackle grand challenges, and contribute to the American economy.

Edward Stolper has been elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Society.

Woodward Fischer - Recipient of the 2011 ASCIT Teaching Award.

Yuk Ling Yung - Announced as a new member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Victoria Orphan - Recipient of the 2011 Gast Lectureship. The EAG is proud to announce Victoria Orphan as the 2011 Gast Lecturer. This lectureship is awarded to a scientist under 45 years of age for outstanding contributions to geochemistry and the lecture will be presented at the Goldschmidt Conference (see  http://www.goldschmidt2011.org/plenaries). This award is bestowed jointly by the EAG and the Geochemical Society.

Woodward Fischer - Recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Young Scientist Award for the Division of Biogeosciences of the European Geosciences Union. This award will be presented at the EGU General Assembly to be held in Vienna, April 2011.

Jean-Philippe Avouac - Elected as a recipient of a Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists. The award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future. Award winners are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany. The Humboldt Foundation grants up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards annually.

Announcements of Student Awards

Yuan Wang, will receive the 2016 James R. Holton Junior Scientist Award at the 2016 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. The award recognizes "outstanding research contributions by a junior atmospheric scientist within three years of his or her Ph.D.

Lu Pan, 4th year Planetary Science grad student, has been awarded the 2015-16 Li Ming Scholarship. The Li Ming Scholarship is for outstanding students of Chinese birth, decent or nationality.

Sarah Slotznick, graduate student in Geobiology, was awarded the Miller Fellowship for 2016-2019.

Sang Chen, graduate student in Geochemistry, was awarded the Chinese Government Scholarship for 2015-16.

Sarah Slotznick, graduate student in Geobiology, was selected as a Betty Cook Karrh Memorial Endowed Scholar for 2015-16.

 2015 NSF fellowship awardees in GPS: Daniel Johnson, Kyle Metcalfe, Nathaniel Stein, Chanel Valiente, John Naviaux, and Ryan Witkosky.

 2015 NASA NESSF awardees in GPS: Jennifer Buz, Patrick Fischer, Cheng Li, Henry Ngo, and Christopher Spalding

 Jack Muir, graduate student in Geophysics, awarded a John Monash Scholarship for postgraduate studies at a university outside of Australia for 2015. The John Monash Scholarships are Australia's most prestigious national awards, recognizing candidates with demonstrated academic excellence, outstanding performance in their areas of endeavour, who have made a significant contribution to the community and whom have the potential to become leaders in their fields.

 Jorge Alberto Castillo Castellanos, graduate student in Geophysics, has been awarded the Fulbright-Garcia Robles grant, administered by the U. S. – Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (COMEXUS), to pursue a PhD at Technology at California Institute of Technology.

Jena Johnson, graduate student in geobiology, has been awarded the Milton and Francis Clauser Doctoral Prize for 2015. 

Sarah Slotznick, graduate student in Geobiology, has received "Outstanding Mention" from GSA.

Vicky Stevens, graduate student in Geology, has been selected to receive the 2015 SSA Student Presentation Award for her presentation entitled: "Interseismic coupling on the Main Himalayan Thrust:Implications for extreme earthquakes".

Sarah Slotznick, graduate student in Geobiology, has been selected as the Betty Cook Karrh Memorial Endowed Scholar for 2015-2016.

Mathieu Lapotre, graduate student in Planetary Science, has been selected to receive the 2014 Outstanding Student Paper Award from AGU.

Kat Saad, graduate student in ESE, has been selected to receive the 2014/2015 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowhip(NESSF).

Miki Nakajima, graduate student in Planetary Science, has been selected to receive the 2014/2015 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowhip(NESSF).

Daven Quinn, graduate student in Geology, has been selected to receive the 2014/2015 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowhip(NESSF).

Sarah Slotznick, graduate student in Geobiology, has been selected to receive the 2014/2015 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowhip(NESSF).

Rachel Miller, 2nd year graduate student in geophysics, has been selected to receive a 2014 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG)Fellowship. The NDSEG Fellowship is sponsored and funded by the Department of Defense.

Dongzhou Zhang, PhD candidate in Geophysics, just received the 2013 National Award for Outstanding Self-financed Chinese Students Studying Abroad, sponsored by the China Scholarship Council (CSC).

Megan Newcombe, graduate student in GPS, has been awarded the 2013 GeoPRISMS AGU Student Prize for best oral presentation.

Ajay Lamaye was named the 2013 Student Modeler of the year by the NSF funded Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS) for his recent paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research called 'A vector based method for bank-material tracking in coupled models of meandering and landscape evolution.

Joel Scheingross, graduate student in GPS, was awarded an Outstanding Student Paper Award (OSPA) for his presentation skills at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting.

Hima Hassenruck-Gudipati, Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student, and SURF student with Mike Lamb, has won the David E. Lumley Young Scientist Scholarship for Energy and Environmental Science.

Geobiology graduate student, Jeffrey Marlow has been awarded a Research Associateship,National Energy Technology Laboratory Methane Hydrate Research Fellowship, from the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies.

Dongzhou Zhang, PhD candidate in Geophysics, received the Student Poster Award at theAdvanced Photon Source Users Meeting for his poster on, "Fast-Temperature-Readout Spectrometer for Atomic Dynamics Measurements"

Graduate students Renata Cummins and Joseph O'Rourke have been awarded fellowships from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSFGRFP).

Katie Stack, graduate student in geology, has been awarded for the support of her graduate research by Lambda Prime. She is being recognized for her continues academic leadership and promotion of Grand Challenges in the fields of Science & Technology.

Geology graduate student Erika Swanson has been awarded the Stephen E. Laubach Structural Diagenesis Resesarch Award by the Geological Society of America, Structural Geology and Tectonics Division. This award promotes research combining structural geology and diagenesis, and curriculum development in structural diagenesis.

Katie Stack, graduate student in geology, has been selected by Forbes in its annual "30 Under 30".

Elizabeth Trembath-Reichart, graduate student in geobiology, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Traineeship.

Geophysics graduate student Bryan Riel and incoming first-year geology graduate student Mathieu Lapotre have been awarded NASA Fellowships.

Daniel Bower, graduate student in geophysics, has been awarded the Graduate Deans' Award for Outstanding Community Service.  

Magdalena Osburn's oral presentation, entitled "Sequence Stratigraphic Characterization of a Microbially Influenced Carbonate Ramp: Khufai Formation, Huqf Supergroup, Sultanate of Oman," was ranked #2 in the AAPG Student Oral Awards Competition.

Jena Johnson, graduate student in geobiology, has been awarded a Lewis and Clark Award for Exploration and Field Research from the American Philosophical Society.

Megan Newcombe, graduate student in geology, has been selected to receive an Outstanding Student Paper Award for her presentation given at the 2011 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Lingsen Meng, graduate student in geophysics, has been selected to receive an Outstanding Student Presentation Award for his paper given at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Seismological Society of America. 

King-Fai Li, graduate student in ESE, has been awarded the Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship class of 2012. 

Yu-Nung Nina Lin, graduate student in geology, has been awarded the Li Ming Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Brent Minchew, graduate student in geophysics, has been awarded the Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS) Fellowship for academic year 2011-12.

Laura Alisic,  graduate student in geophysics, has been awarded the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Prize 2011 for her outstanding work on simulating global mantle convection at tectonic plate boundary-resolving scales.

Brent Minchew,  graduate student in geophysicsand Lauren Edgar, graduate student in geology, have been awarded NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships (NESSF).

Margaret Rosenburg has been selected as the 2011 Student Award winner of the History and Philosophy of Geology Division of GSA.

Sebastien Kopf has been awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellowship. This fellowship recognizes your exceptional academic and personal achievements and reflects HHMI's confidence in your great potential to become a leader in academic science. 

Hanna Liu has been awarded this year's Library Friends' Senior Thesis Prize. The prize recognizes senior theses that exemplify research and scholarship  from hypothesis and proposal to conclusion and discussion in an archival-style thesis-type document

Steven Kidder  has been awarded 2 two-year NSF postdoctoral fellowships, to be effective next year (2012). First, Steve will do his post doc with Dave Prior at the University of Otago, New Zealand under the International Research Fellowship Program.  Then he will continue his postdoctoral work with Professor Christian Teyssler, in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Minnesota.

Geochemistry graduate student, June Wicks , has received the ASCIT Teaching Award.

Younghee Kim  has been awarded a scholarship from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). This year the SEG is honoring 138 students at universities in 21 different countries for outstanding accomplishments in geophysics.

The following graduate students have been awarded fellowships from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSFGRFP): Jena Johnson, Joel Scheingross, and Adam Subhas (Incoming first year grad student).

Ajay Limaye  was awarded the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG).

Michael Line  was awarded the Keck Institute for Space Studies Fellowship (KISS).