AIPG National Award - Outstanding Achievement Award
Nominations for awards can be made online (scroll down to bottom of this page), emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or faxed 1-303-253-9220 by January 15th to the AIPG National Headquarters.
The AIPG awards committee reviews each application for consideration based on the comparison of the applicant's record to the description of the award. Each application is presented and reviewed by the awards committee, discussed, and voted on by the full committee. A majority vote is required to grant the award. The awards committee reviews each application thoroughly. In some years the committee decides that a particular award will not be made. If this is the case, the applicant may be re-considered the following year.
If in any year the awards committee does not find a nominee whose contribution merits the award, it may recommend that no award be made. The awards committee submits its recommendations for each and every award to the AIPG National Executive Committee for final approval. Detailed information on why an applicant is approved or not for an award is held confidentially by the committee and only available to the AIPG National Executive Committee.
The Outstanding Achievement Award was established by the 1989 Executive Committee to honor a non-member of AIPG who is widely recognized as a major contributor to the profession of geology. The award is not necessarily given annually, but only when the Awards Committee recommends an outstanding candidate to the Executive Committee for their consideration.
In 2013, the Executive Committee voted to expand the scope of the award to include candidates engaged in all types of media that inform or enlighten the public on the roles of professional geologists and the geosciences in society. This award may be for work in may media such as visual (television, film, webcasts), auditory (radio, pod casts), or printed (books, articles, websites). The work must have been completed within five years preceding the award nomination and the nominee may be an individual, a group, or company.
To submit a complete set of documentation for a nominee, the following items should be considered in a written nomination statement:
- How has this nominee impacted the public’s perception of geologists and the geosciences?
- Give a description of the work done by the nominee and how the work informs the public about geologists and the geosciences.
- Have you verified against the list of previous winners that this nominee has not previously received this award?
- Have you verified the date of the work to ensure it is no more than 5 years old?
Documentation at a minimum must include a written statement from the AIPG member who nominates the individual, a group, or company. Membership in AIPG is not required.
Examples of supporting documentation that will be helpful in assessing the qualifications of the candidate include links to websites with examples of the nominee’s media work in visual (television, film, webcasts), auditory (radio, pod casts), or printed (books, articles, websites, blogs).
Past Recipients of the Outstanding Achievement Award
|Stephen Jay Gould, 1989
||Ron Redfern, 1995
| John McPhee, 1997
|| Julie A. Jackson, 1999
|Charles "Chip" Groat, 2003
||Samuel S. Adams, 2004
| Thomas W. Dibblee, Jr., 2005
|| A. F. "Fred" Spilhaus, Jr., 2009
|Simon Winchester, 2014
||Karl E. Karlstrom, 2015
| Laura J. Crossey, 2015
|| P. Patrick Leahy, 2016