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Description of the Award
The Mineralogical Society of America Award is intended to recognize outstanding published contributions to the science of mineralogy by relatively young individuals or individuals near the beginning of their professional careers. The work must have been accomplished either  before the age of 35 or  within 7 years of the awarding of the terminal degree. If the former, the candidate must be 36 less on January 1 of the year the award is decided. If the latter, the award must be decided prior to December 31 of the seventh year past the terminal degree. These time limits for the award can be extended for up to two years based on circumstances which have interrupted the nominee's career (i.e., serious illness, child birth, care giver, etc.). Mineralogy is broadly defined and the candidate need not qualify as a mineralogist. Rather, her/his published record should be related to the mineralogical sciences and should make some outstanding contribution to them. Nationality or place of employment shall not be considered; however, current members of MSA Council are not eligible to be considered for the award.
The recipient of the MSA Award receives a certificate and is made a Life Fellow of the Society.
Submitting Nominations for the MSA Award
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 abbreviated vitae and selected bibliography of 20 titles or less that bear on the award criteria, 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 20151-1100 USA, telephone: +1 (703) 652-9950, fax: +1 (703) 652-9951, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The completed nomination package must be sent to the committee chair and received by June 1 for consideration by the Committee for the following year's 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.
The next award will be decided on in 2013. Thus the awardee's birth date must be on or after January 1, 1977 or the terminal degree must have been awarded on or after January 1, 2006.
2013 Chair of the MSA Award Nomination Committee (for the 2014 MSA Award)