Graduate Student Awards

Carl Tolman Prize

The Tolman Prize is awarded annually to a graduate student who has done an outstanding job as assistant to the instructor. Professor Tolman was a long-time professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. He also served as chancellor of WashU. As a geologist, Tolman conducted pioneering work on the geology of the Precambrian granitic rocks exposed in the St. Francois Mountains in southern Missouri. He was a caring and thoughtful teacher and mentor who was particularly interested in helping students achieve their career goals.

The winning graduate student is chosen by faculty, based on the recommendations of faculty and course evaluations. In accepting the award, the graduate student accepts the challenge to maintain the high academic standards set by Dr. Tolman. The Tolman Prize has been made possible as an endowed fund through the generous contributions from our alumni, friends, and family.


Outstanding Paper Award

The Outstanding Paper Award is bestowed to a graduate student who is the sole or first author of a peer-reviewed, published journal paper or book chapter that significantly advances our understanding of some key aspect of Earth and/or planetary sciences.

The awardee is chosen by the faculty based on nominations by the student’s faculty mentor, or by self-nomination by a graduate student. In the latter case, a letter of support for the nomination from the faculty mentor should accompany the student’s self-nomination letter. Nomination letters should detail the scientific content and perceived impact of the journal paper or book chapter in terms that would be understood by a wide range of Earth and planetary scientists, i.e., a plain language summary required by many journals.

Past Winners

Past Tolman Prize Winners

2021  Nadia Sae-lim
2020   Mattison Barickman
2019   Andrea Goltz
2018   Kelsey Prissel
2017   Michael Bouchard
2017   Melody Eimer
2016   Michael Bouchard
2015   Sarah Valencia
2015   Teresa Wong
2014   Ryan Nickerson
2013   Margaret Anne Hinkle
2012   Andrew Lloyd
2011   Kun Wang
2010   Chris Orth
2009   Chris Orth
2008   Erica Emery
2008   Cynthia Fadem
2007   Stephanie Novak
2006   Katie Adelsberger
2005   Robert Buchwaldt
2005   Karyn Rogers
2004   Dawn Cardace
2003   Robert Buchwaldt
2002   Dawn Cardace
2002   Jeff Hanna
2001   Brian White
2000   Kathy Kitts
2000   Stacey Robertson
1999   Steve Hauck
1998   Gavin Chan
1998   Panjai Prapaipong
1997   Gavin Chan
1996   Jennifer Eakins

Past Outstanding Paper Award Winners

2021  Zhen Tian