SIAM Activity Group on Geosciences Early Career Prize

SIAM Activity Group on Geosciences Early Career Prize

Prize Specifications

Principal Guideline

The SIAM Activity Group on Geosciences (SIAG/GS) Early Career Prize, established in 2008, is awarded to an outstanding early career researcher in the field of geosciences for distinguished contributions to the field in the three calendar years prior to the year of the award.

Prize Committee


The recipient will be selected by the SIAG/GS Prize Committee. This committee will consist of a panel of at least five SIAG/GS members and will oversee all SIAG/GS prizes to be awarded at the next SIAM Conference on the Geosciences. The SIAG Chair, in consultation with the other officers, will form a list of people to serve in these five places, will designate a committee chair, and will submit the list to the SIAM Vice President at Large (SIAM VP) for approval prior to inviting the committee members to serve. The SIAG officers will seek to ensure a diverse composition of the prize committee in research area, geography, employment sector (industry, national laboratories, universities), and under-represented groups. The appointments will be made at least twelve months in advance of the prize award date.


The term of office will be from the date of appointment until the date of the award.

Rules of Operation

The SIAG/GS officers and the SIAM office will solicit nominations for the prize from the general membership of the SIAG/GS and from other members of the scientific community, using SIAM office resources as needed.

The prize committee will follow the ‘best practices’ set out in the SIAM document for Selection Committees. The prize committee will follow the SIAM rules for conflict of interest as posted on the SIAM web site.

If a committee member accepts nomination for the award, the SIAG officers will appoint a replacement upon notification by the committee chair and with the approval of the SIAM VP.

Selection Procedures


The recipient's work must be a significant research contribution to geosciences. At least one of the papers containing this work must be published in English in a peer-reviewed journal bearing a publication date within the three calendar years prior to the year of the award. Moreover, either the recipient must be a graduate student or the paper's publication date must be no more than three (3) calendar years later than the year in which the author received the PhD or equivalent degree. The committee may consider exceptions to the three-years-from PhD rule, for career interruptions or delays occurring, e.g., for child bearing, child rearing, or elder care. The award can be received only once in a lifetime.

Recommendation of the Prize Committee

The prize committee will notify the SIAM VP of its selection at least eight months prior to the award date. The notification must be accompanied by a written justification and a citation not exceeding 25 words that can be used for a certificate and read at award time.

The SIAM VP will accept or reject the committee's recommendation within one month of notification.

If the recommendation is accepted, the award presentation will be made according to the procedure below. If the recommendation is not accepted, the SIAM VP and the prize committee will select an acceptable individual at least six months prior to the award date.

The Selection Committee has the authority to choose to abstain from giving the award if there is no acceptable individual. If the award is not given for this reason, a new selection committee will be selected for the next award cycle.[1]  

Notification of Award

The Chair of the Prize Committee will notify the recipient of the award at least six months in advance of the award date. An invitation will also be extended to the recipient to attend the award ceremony at the biennial SIAM Conference on the Geosciences to receive the award. The recipient will be offered the opportunity to give a brief plenary talk at this conference about the work for which the award is given.

Description of Award

Award Type

The award will consist of a certificate containing the citation. As part of the award, the recipient will be invited to give a brief plenary talk at the conference. Travel funds will be made available to reimburse the recipient for reasonable travel expenses incurred in attending the award ceremony and giving the talk.

Award Date and Eligibility Period

The prize is awarded every second year (starting in 2009) at the biennial SIAM Conference on Geosciences. The eligibility period is the three calendar years prior to the year of the award. The overlap in eligibility periods is intended to ensure that no candidate will fail to be considered due to the nomination deadline.

Prize Fund

Since there is no cash award and minimal expenses are associated with the prize, there will be no prize fund.

Award Presentation

The SIAG/GS Chair and the Chair of the Prize Committee will announce the award at the SIAM Conference on the Geosciences and present the award to the recipient. An announcement of the award will appear in SIAM News, on the SIAG/GS website, and in the SIAG/GS Newsletter.

[1] An award decision will also be postponed to the next cycle if the number of nominations does not meet the required number to forward to the selection committee. See SIAM Prize Policy for more information.

Back to SIAM Activity Group on Geosciences Early Career Prize