Student Awards

LPI Career Development Award

The LPI is proud to announce its LPI Career Development Award, which is open to 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 LPSC 2022.

A travel stipend of $1,000 (for domestic students) and a travel agreement of up to $1,250 (for international students) will be awarded to the top applicants to help cover travel expenses for attending LPSC 2022.

Applications must include:

  • A statement requesting the travel award that includes the rationale for the request and explains your interest in attending the conference
  • Contact information
  • A copy of the first-author abstract
  • A letter of recommendation from your research advisor that comments on your scholarly achievements, your potential, and any special circumstances the LPI should consider

Due to security issues, citizens of countries on the U.S. State Department Designated Countries list are not eligible. (See link under ECP Notices at http://oiir.hq.nasa.gov/nasaecp/.)

Selected award recipients will be expected to provide approximately four hours of volunteer service during the conference. The assigned duties will include distributing registration materials, restocking conference materials and supplies, helping with clean up and reset of the poster area directly after poster sessions, etc. The LPSC student volunteer coordinator will contact awardees to schedule specific volunteer times at a later date. Submission of an application implies that the applicant has read and agrees to comply with the terms.

Application deadline: January 12, 2022

Applications and all accompanying materials must be submitted using the Career Development Award Application Form.

Claudia Bellard

Stephen E. Dwornik Student Awards

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 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 all students at any degree level in a field related to planetary geosciences, regardless of the location of residency or 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.

Application deadline: January 12, 2022

Application Requirements:

  • To apply for the award, students must complete the Dwornik application form: https://community.geosociety.org/pgd/awards/dwornik.
  • Applicants should complete the form electronically, obtain their advisor’s signature, and then email the completed form to mtgawards@hou.usra.edu.
  • If applicants are unable to obtain their advisor’s electronic signature, they must attach an email from the advisor confirming eligibility.
  • The form must include the LPI abstract confirmation number of the abstract to be considered for the award.

Samuel Birch