Upcoming Awards Information

The Geology and Health Scientific Division sponsors professional awards to be presented at the annual GSA meeting: 

Meritorious Service Award: The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the mission of the Geology and Health Scientific Division. The awardee must be a member of the Geology and Health Scientific Division.

Distinguished Career Award
: The award recognizes the recipient’s lifetime contributions to the field of Geology and Health. The awardee does not need to be a member of the Division


Outstanding Paper Award: The award recognizes a publication that has made a significant advance in the field of Geology and Health in the past 5 years. The awardee does not need to be a member of the Division.

Geology & Health Scientific Division Student Research Grant

Application Deadline September 15, 2022

The Geology & Health Scientific Division is soliciting research grant proposals from undergraduate or graduate students. The award will be for up to $1,000 to support student research. The deadline for submission of the proposal is September 15, 2022. The award recipient will be notified by September 30, 2022. The proposal should be submitted electronically to Dr. Laura Ruhl (lsruhl@ualr.edu), Chair of the Awards Committee. Grant details are given below.

Student Research Grant of up to $1,000 to support undergraduate or graduate student research. The application shall consist of (1) a research proposal (no more than two pages) which includes a statement of the problem, the research objectives, and how the award will be used to support the research, (2) a budget, and (3) a letter of support from the student’s advisor. Only members of the Geology and Health Scientific Division are eligible. It is expected that the student will present the results of the supported research at a National or Section meeting of the Geological Society of America within two years of receipt of the award. The student will also prepare a succinct summary of the project to be published in the Division Newsletter.

If you submitted a proposal to the GSA Graduate Student Research Grants program, you can use the same proposal for the Geology & Health Student Research Grant program. The proposal should deal with a research project that is relevant to the mission of the Geology and Health Scientific Division and you must be a student member of the division. If you are not a member, you can become a member for the modest amount of $2.00.



Geology & Health Scientific Division Student Travel Grant 

Application Deadline September 1, 2022

The division will award a travel grant of up to $200 to a student attending the national Geological Society of America meeting. The student must be the first author of a paper to be presented at the meeting. The application shall include a statement of how the funds will be used and the title of the paper to be given at the meeting. Only members of the Geology and Health Scientific Division are eligible for this grant. The deadline for submission of the application is September 1, 2022. The award recipient will be notified by September 15, 2022. The application should be submitted electronically to Dr. Laura Ruhl (lsruhl@ualr.edu), Chair of the Awards Committee.


Geology & Health Scientific Division Poster Presentation Award

Poster Presentation Award ($200) for the best student poster in a Geology and Health Scientific Division sponsored session at the annual national meeting of the Geological Society of America. Posters showing a direct relationship between geology and health will be ranked higher in the judging. The awardee(s) is expected to provide a brief bio and write-up of their research for the Division Newsletter. The awardee should be a member of the Geology & Health Scientific Division. An application is NOT required for this award. All appropriate posters will be considered.