The Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award is for undergraduate or graduate students, of any nationality, working in any country, in the disciplines of geology, geophysics, geochemistry, astronomy, or biology. The award, which will include $2500, is to be applied for the study of impact craters, either on Earth or on the other solid bodies in the solar system, which areas of study may include but shall not necessarily be limited to impact cratering processes, the bodies (asteroidal or cometary) that make the impacts, or the geological, chemical or biological results of impact cratering. Faculty are urged to post flyers about the opportunity in their institutions. Students interested in pursuing impact crater studies are encouraged to review the application process and deadlines.
History of the Endowment
The Eugene M. Shoemaker Memorial Fund for Crater Studies was established by Dr. Carolyn Shoemaker in memory of her husband in 1998. She established the endowment so that students will have an opportunity to pursue studies of impact craters, which was the focus of her husband's graduate student studies and a large part of his professional career. Friends, scientific colleagues, and companies have contributed to (and continue to contribute to) the fund to ensure its success.
Helping the Endowment Grow
Because of the tremendous generosity of Dr. Carolyn Shoemaker, the endowment fund was large enough for the Planetary Geology Division to make the first student award in 1999. However, the division continues to solicit donations to the fund so that it will remain healthy and, ideally, grow so that it can be used to support additional student activities. If you would like to make a gift in Gene Shoemaker's memory and to support students, then please make a check out to
The GSA Foundation - Shoemaker Fund
and mail it to
P.O. Box 9140
Boulder, CO 80301.
Donations can also be made on-line with the GSA Foundation. If you have any questions about gifts for this fund, please feel free to contact the GSA Foundation or any of the officers of the Planetary Geology Division of GSA.
Send questions about the award to David Kring, email@example.com
Last updated February 17, 2015