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.  

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. It is awarded no more frequently than once in any calendar year. 

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. No more than one Richter Award may be given each calendar year. 

The Frank Press Public Service Award

The SSA has instituted the Public Service Award to recognize outstanding work that serves the profession of seismology or the advancement of public safety or public information relating to seismology. This award may be given to any individual, combination of individuals, or organization. No more than one Public Service Award may be given each calendar year. 

The Distinguished Service to SSA Award

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

Additional Awards

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.

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.

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.

Lecture Series

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

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.

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.

Awards to be Presented at
the 2018 Annual Meeting

SSA is pleased to announce the recipients of several of the Society's awards for 2017. These awards will be presented at the Society's Annual Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico in April 2018.
  • The 2017 Reid Medal has been awarded to George Plafker of the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • The 2017 Richter Early Career Award has been awarded to Annemarie Baltay of the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • The 2017 Frank Press Public Service Award has been awarded to Lori Dengler of Humboldt State University.
  • The 2017 Distinguished Service to SSA Award to Keith Knudsen of the U.S. Geological Survey.