Grants, Awards, & Prizes

The department sponsors and/or administers numerous awards, and prizes each year. Cumulatively these awards recognize outstanding teaching, academic, and/or research achievement, and contributions to academic and student life. In addition, two competitive research funds provide monetary support for student initiative and innovation in research and organizing research-related conferences, workshops, or seminar series.


Competitive Awards

Recipients are determined based on materials submitted for review.

Graduate Student Research Awards

Upon recommendation of the DEES Endowments Committee, the Department established competitive student research awards of up to $5,000 for its full-time PhD students.  The program is designed to encourage students to develop projects that will expand the scope and impact of their dissertation research.

Chevron Student Initiative Fund

The Chevron Student Initiative Fund (SIF) was created to encourage, support and stimulate student-designed research projects and/or student-organized conferences, workshops or seminar series. In addition to funding these efforts, the Chevron SIF allows graduate students the unique opportunity of engaging in the peer-review process early on in their careers.

Goodfriend Prize - Established 2004

A monetary research grant to be awarded to the registered Lamont graduate student who submits the best peer-reviewed, published (or in-press) paper in paleoclimate, on which the student is first author.

Young Investigator Award

Awarded annually to one or more majors or concentrators in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences acknowledging creativity and excellence in research and granting funds for research expenditures or travel associated with field work, analyses or presentation of results at a scientific meeting.


Nominated Awards

Recipients are selected from a pool of candidates nominated by members of the department's academic and/or research communities.

Department Teaching Assistant Award

Awarded annually by the Department Chair to the graduate student with the strongest teaching evaluations from his/her students.

GSC Best Teacher Award

Awarded by the Graduate Student Committee to a faculty member selected from nominees from the graduate student body.

USC Best Faculty Teaching Award

Presented by the Undergraduate Student Committee to a faculty member selected by undergraduate majors and concentrators.

USC Best Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Presented by the Undergraduate Student Committee to a graduate teaching assistant selected by undergraduate majors and concentrators.

Sara Fitzgerald Langer Book Prize

Presented annually by the Graduate Student Committee (GSC) to a pre-orals graduate student who has contributed to both academic and student life at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.  The prize consists of a book, chosen by the elected student, that is a classic in his or her field.

Bruce C. Heezen Memorial Prize

Awarded as warranted by the faculty for outstanding academic and research achievement in the Earth Sciences.

Walter C. Pitman III Award

To be awarded annually to a Columbia University undergraduate major in our department to attend the American Geophysical Union meeting, or similar large international conference.