SSA members recognize individuals in our field who have made stellar contributions to seismology. The nomination deadline is 15 February 2019 for the four primary awards, which are presented at the Annual Meeting.

Complete list of past SSA award recipients

reid medal in box; Credit: SSA

The Harry Fielding Reid Medal

The Harry Fielding Reid Medal of the Seismological Society of America is awarded for outstanding contributions in seismology or earthquake engineering.
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Charles F. Richter

The Charles F. Richter Early Career Award

The Charles F. Richter Early Career Award honors outstanding contributions to the goals of the Society by a member early in her or his career.
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The Frank Press Public Service Award

The Frank Press Public Service Award award honors outstanding contributions to the advancement of public safety or public information relating to seismology.
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The Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service to SSA Award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the work of the Seismological Society of America.
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Additional Awards

COSMOS/EERI/SSA Bruce Bolt Medal

SSA is joining COSMOS and EERI in awarding The Bruce Bolt Medal. The award will recognize individuals worldwide whose accomplishments involve the promotion and use of strong-motion earthquake data and whose leadership in the transfer of scientific and engineering knowledge into practice or policy has led to improved seismic safety.

Bruce Bolt Medal


The William B. Joyner Memorial Lectures

The Joyner Memorial Lectures were established by the SSA in cooperation with the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) to honor Bill Joyner’s distinguished career at the U.S. Geological Survey and his abiding commitment to the exchange of information at the interface of earthquake science and earthquake engineering, so to keep society safer from earthquakes.

Joyner Lecture



SSA offers grants to help students and international members attend Annual Meetings, workshops, small domestic scientific meetings or international scientific meetings.



Eastern Section-SSA Jesuit Seismological Association Award

The Eastern Section of the Seismological Society of America honors outstanding contributions to observational seismology with the Jesuit Seismological Association Award. The award may be given for one specific contribution or for contributions through the years.



IRIS-SSA Distinguished Lectureship Series

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) and SSA jointly sponsor an annual national lecture series in seismology. The selection committee seeks nominations from the seismological community for two lecturers to be so honored every year. The general goal of the program is to increase visibility, awareness of relevance, and excitement for seismology with the general public.

IRIS-SSA Lecture