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

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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. The nomination deadline is 31 October 2016.

Student Presentation Award

In order to help identify outstanding work by SSA student members, the SSA Board initiated the Student Presentation Award. The award will be given for an excellent poster presentation or talk at each Annual Meeting.

Travel Grants

SSA recognizes the importance of students and student participation in the SSA Annual Meeting. Each year SSA provides student and international SSA members with the opportunity to apply for several Society funded travel grants: Student Travel Grant, International Travel Grant, and the SSA/ESC Travel Grant. These grants provide a modest travel award to help fund the cost of travel to the SSA Annual Meeting.

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.

Honorary Members

Honorary members of the Society are persons distinguished for their attainments in seismology or related sciences, or for their service to the profession or the society. Honorary membership status is presently conferred upon Medalists and winners of the Distinguished Service to the SSA award.


Lecture Series

In addition to the above awards, SSA also sponsors two annual lecture series.

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.

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.