Student Awards

LPI Career Development Award
The Lunar and Planetary Institute announces its 13th LPI Career Development Award, which is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. applicants. This award will be given to outstanding graduate students who have submitted a first-author abstract for presentation at the 51st LPSC. Priority will be given to exceptional applicants who demonstrate a financial need and/or are from institutions that do not have a well-established planetary science program. A travel stipend of $1,000 (for domestic students) and up to $1,250 (for international students) will be awarded to the top applicants to help cover travel expenses for attending LPSC. The application deadline is January 8, 2020.

Applications must include:  

  1. A statement requesting the travel award that provides the rationale for the request and explains your interest in attending the conference
  2. Copy of the first-author abstract
  3. Current curriculum vitae (CV) that includes your contact information
  4. Letter of recommendation from your research advisor. This should comment on your scholarly achievements and potential and on any special circumstances we should consider. The recommendation letter is required and must be submitted electronically by the application deadline.

Applications and all accompanying materials must be submitted electronically. All documents listed above will need to be uploaded in text or PDF format.

Please be aware that citizens of U.S. State Department Designated Countries are not eligible.  Reference the Designated Country List at this website:

Note:  Applicants should be aware that the selected award recipients will be expected to provide up to four hours of volunteer service during the conference. The assigned duties will be general in nature and include such tasks as distributing registration materials, restocking conference materials and supplies, helping clean up/reset the poster area at the conclusion of the poster sessions, etc. Awardees will be contacted by the LPSC student volunteer coordinator to schedule specific times of service after travel plans have been finalized. Submission of an application implies that the applicant has read and agrees to comply with these terms.

To apply: Career Development Award Application Form

Questions should be directed to:

Claudia Bellard
3600 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston TX 77058-1113

Stephen E. Dwornik Student Award
The deadline for Dwornik Award applications is January 8, 2020.

The Dwornik Award was started in 1991 with a generous endowment by Dr. Stephen E. Dwornik, who wished to encourage U.S. students to become involved with NASA and planetary science. The Award consists of a plaque and a monetary award given for outstanding student presentations (in both poster and oral categories) or a plaque for honorable mentions (poster and oral) at the annual LPSC. The awards are managed and judged by the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America.

The awards are open to students at any degree level in a field related to planetary geosciences who are either (1) U.S. citizens or non-citizens currently enrolled in a U.S. educational institution, or (2) are U.S. citizens currently enrolled in an international educational institution. Recent graduates, pre-college students, and postdoctoral fellows are not eligible. Students who have previously won a “best presentation” award as a graduate student are not eligible to compete again in either category. Students who have won a “best presentation” award as an undergraduate are not eligible to compete again in either category as an undergraduate but are eligible to compete in either category as a graduate student. Students who have won honorable mention award(s) as either a graduate or undergraduate student in either category are eligible to compete again.

Only one abstract per student will be considered for a “best presentation” award each year. The student must be the senior author of the abstract, and a minimum of 50% of the material in the abstract must not have been previously presented at another meeting. Judging will be based on both the written abstract and the presentation.

To apply for the award, students must complete the Dwornik application form, which can be found on the Planetary Geology Division website:

Applicants should complete the form electronically, obtain their advisor’s signature, then e-mail the completed form to LPI at

If you are unable to obtain your advisor’s electronic signature, you must attach an e-mail from your advisor confirming your eligibility.

For LPSC 2020, the Dwornik application form is due on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, one day after the LPSC 2020 abstract deadline. The form must include the LPI abstract (confirmation) number of the abstract to be considered for the award. The application must provide either the advisor’s signature or e-mail to confirm the student’s eligibility.

Questions regarding the Dwornik Award should be addressed to the PGD 2nd Vice-Chair, Nick Lang.