Stephen E. Laubach Structural Diagenesis Research Award

The Stephen E. Laubach Structural Diagenesis Research Award promotes application of interdisciplinary techniques used in the fields of structural geology and sedimentary petrology, as exemplified by the work of Dr. Stephen Laubach, including research combining structural geology and diagenesis, and curriculum development in structural diagenesis. This could include studies of fracturing, cement precipitation and dissolution, evolving rock mechanical properties and other structural diagenetic processes that can govern recovery of resources and sequestration of material in deeply buried, diagenetically altered and fractured sedimentary rocks. The award is jointly administered by the Sedimentary Geology and Structural Geology & Tectonics Divisions of the Geological Society of America. For 2023, we anticipate one award of $2,500. Graduate students, postgraduate and faculty of any level are eligible to apply.

Application instructions:

Submit a completed application document as a single PDF file (< 10 MB) by DEADLINE TBA.

All applicants will be required to affirm their adherence to GSA's Code of Conduct in order to be considered for the award.

For questions regarding this award or the application, please contact Joel Saylor, Secretary-Treasurer of the GSA Sedimentary Geology Division (

The application document should include:

1. A title page including:

  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Email
  • Position (MS, PhD, Post-doc, Assist. Prof, Assoc. Prof, Prof)
  • Academic Institution
  • Other agencies that: (i) have supported this project; (ii) are supporting this project; or (iii) are being applied to. Include title, dates and level of support.
  • Project title
  • BRIEF justification explaining how this proposal fits the purpose of the Stephen E. Laubach Structural Diagenesis Award (≤ 100 words)

2. Proposal body 

  • Document must be <5 page in 12 point, double-spaced text (excluding references and figures) 
  • Includes an Abstract of proposed work (≤ 250 words)

3. Up-to-date,  abridged curriculum vitae (≤ 2 pages)

4. Proposed budget and budget justification (≤ 2 pages)

  • We anticipate one award of $2500

Past Awardees

2022 - No awardee
2021 - No awardee
2020 - Leonardo Del Sole
2019 - Kayla Smith
2018 - Dr. William T. Jackson, Jr.
2017 - Victoria Igoe 
2016 - Sebastian Cardona
2015 - Austin Boles
2014 - Randolph Williams
2013 - Peter Moseley
2012 - Erika Swanson
2011 - Veerle Vandeginste

2010 - Christopher Thissen

Honorable Mention

2015 - Nicholas Williams

Above: Study site of Laubach winner Leonardo del Sole, who is studying deformation band diagenesis in the Apennine Mountains of Italy.