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The Nemmers Prize in Earth Sciences

Nominations are currently closed.

The $300,000 Nemmers Prize in Earth Sciences is awarded for achievement and works of lasting significance in the field of earth sciences. The prize was established in 2016 and first awarded in 2018. Recipients of the Nemmers Prize in Earth Sciences present lectures, participate in department seminars, and engage with Northwestern faculty and students in other scholarly activities.

2024 Winner

image courtesy of Barbara Sherwood Lollar

Barbara Sherwood Lollar

Dr. Norman Keevil Chair and University Professor of Ore Deposits Geology, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto.

For her “groundbreaking discoveries across several fields of Earth and environmental sciences, illuminating fundamental aspects of Earth’s life-sustaining water and carbon cycles.”

Sherwood Lollar’s award-winning research on the intersection between the carbon cycle and water cycle includes investigation of water-rock reactions producing methane, hydrogen and noble gases in the continental subsurface, and of compound-specific stable isotopes of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and sulfur as an innovative means to monitor and improve remediation of groundwater contamination. Read more.

Learn about past Nemmers Prize in Earth Sciences winners.

Make a Nomination

Nominations are currently closed.

Nominating letters should be a maximum of 1,000 words and describe the nominee's professional experience, accomplishments and qualifications for the award. Candidacy is open to those with careers of outstanding achievement in their discipline as demonstrated by major contributions to new knowledge or the development of significant new modes of analysis. Individuals of all nationalities and institutional affiliations are eligible except current or recent members of the Northwestern University faculty and recipients of the Nobel Prize.

Submissions should also include the nominee's curriculum vitae. Nominations from experts in the field are preferred to institutional nominations; self-nominations will not be accepted.

Learn more about the Nemmers Prize in Earth Sciences at the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences' Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

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