LPI to Administer Shoemaker and Barringer Awards
January 17, 2007
LPI is pleased to assume the administrative support role for two research award programs that are designed to facilitate student studies of impact cratering processes.
The Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research provides competitive grants to support field studies of impact craters by graduate and post-doctoral students. The Barringer family has been affiliated with planetary sciences for over 100 years, beginning with Daniel Moreau Barringer, who was the first person to prove the impact origin of a crater. This award is given as a tribute to the work of D. M. Barringer’s five sons, who maintained the scientific integrity of the impact crater that now bears the Barringer name.
The grant funds may be used to assist with travel and subsistence costs, as well as laboratory and computer analysis of research samples and findings. Student proposals for the next grant cycle are due April 16, 2007.
The Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award is designed to support undergraduate and graduate students, of any nationality, working in any country, in the disciplines of geology, geophysics, geochemistry, astronomy, or biology. Grants support the study of impact cratering processes on Earth and other bodies in the solar system, including asteroids and comets that produce impacts and the geological, chemical, or biological results of impact cratering.
This award is generously provided by the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America. It is a memorial to the work of Gene Shoemaker, who greatly influenced planetary sciences during the Apollo era and for several decades thereafter, including the discovery of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with his wife Carolyn and colleague David Levy. Proposals for the next grant cycle are due September 7, 2007.
These awards have collectively supported students in nine countries on five continents over the past eight years.
Details of the awards are posted at:
Last updated January 30, 2008