Mineralogical Society of America, Founded December 30, 1919

Dana Medal

revised 10/27/2014

Description of the Award     Recipients     Submitting a Nomination


Description of the Award

The Dana Medal is intended to recognize sustained outstanding scientific contributions through original research in the mineralogical sciences by an individual in the midst of his or her career who has not been previously recognized as a recipient of the MSA Award. For the purpose of this award, the mineralogical sciences are defined in the broadest sense. A Dana award candidate should have received his or her terminal degree no more than 25 years prior to January 1st of the year in which the medalist is selected. Service to mineralogy, administrative accomplishments, and teaching are not to be considered primary merit for the award. Nationality, age of candidate, or place of employment shall not be considered; however, current members of MSA Council are not eligible to be considered for the award.

J. D. Dana portrait from David Huntington painting
The Mineralogical Society of America Dana Medal was established in 1998 and named in 2000 in honor of the legendary contributions by James Dwight Dana (1813-1895) [left] and Edward Salisbury Dana (1849-1935) [right] to the science of mineralogy. E. S. Dana was Honorary MSA President from 1926-1935. (memorial, American Mineralogist). A complete bibliography in pdf format of J. D. Dana from the biography by Gilmore is on MSA's Collector's Corner.
E. S. Dana portrait


References


Front of the Dana Medal
The recipient of the Dana Medal receives a 3-inch diameter, bronze engraved medal and gives a scientific presentation which is published in American Mineralogist. The medal was designed and struck by the Medallic Art Co. since 2000.


Recipients of the MSA Dana Medal

With Links to the Presentation (P) and Acceptance (A) Articles


Submitting Nominations for the Dana Medal

Nominations for the award consist of a completed Nomination Checklist, a cover letter from the nominator outlining the candidate's qualifications in light of the criteria for the award, any supplementary materials, such as complete curriculum vitae and a bibliography of published works exclusive of abstracts, book reviews, and papers that have not yet been accepted for publication, and supporting letters from at least three (3) but no more than five (5) other individuals that are focused on how the candidate meets the criteria of the award. The Nomination Checklist is available either online as an html, text, pdf, or MicroSoft Word file that you may copy from the screen or download to complete, or by mail from the MSA Business Office, 3635 Concorde Pwky Ste 500, Chantilly, VA 20151-1110, USA, telephone: +1 (703) 652-9950, fax: +1 (703) 652-9951, e-mail business@minsocam.org.

The completed nomination package must be sent to the committee chair and received by June 1 for consideration by the Committee for the next award. 

The committee asks that the nominator compile into a single electronic file the nomination, all letters of support, and supplementary materials before submitting then nomiantion to the Committee Chair.  This single electronic nomination package makes it easier and less expensive for the committee members, who are increasingly international, to do their work. 

Nominations can be carried over to following years if the nomination package is updated by the sponsor. Any nomination not renewed after 2 years will be not considered further.

2015 Chair of the MSA Dana Medal Nomination Committee (for the 2017 Dana Medal):

Kirsten P. Nicolaysen, Chair
Whitman College
Department of Geology
345 Boyer Ave
Walla Walla, WA 99362
USA
ph: +1 (509) 200-6769
fax: +1 (509) 527-5904
e-mail: nicolakp@whitman.edu
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