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John M. Hayes Award

John Hayes always found time and energy to reach out and work with trainees, young investigators, and mid-career scientists. His rigorous research drew from multiple disciplines in a manner that led to novel outcomes. His accomplishments, based in isotope science and aided by innovative analytical developments, together created novel insights in geoscience. He made major contributions that detailed the time-line for the origin of life, the carbon cycle, and the development and recent change to the global geo-environment.

The John M. Hayes Award is given to a mid-career scientist for outstanding accomplishments that draw together multiple fields of investigation to advance biogeochemical science. The awardee will be selected based on innovative research which lies at an intersection among isotope geochemistry, organic geochemistry, microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, astrobiology or analytical innovation. The awardee should typically be between 8 and 18 years of receiving their PhD, but an exception may be made for individuals whose career path has been altered by family, health, or other life challenges.

The award will be given annually or biennially by the Organic Geochemistry Division of the Geochemical Society. Venues for conferring of the award may include the International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry, the Goldschmidt Conference, or an appropriate Gordon Conference. The award will include a certificate and funds of $2,000 for travel associated with attending the conference.


Alex Sessions Named Recipient of First John Hayes Award

The Organic Geochemistry Division is pleased to announce that Alex Sessions, Professor of Geobiology in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at Caltech (USA), will receive the first John Hayes Award this summer. Learn more



Nominations for the 2019 John Hayes Award will be accepted beginning Aug. 1, 2018. Nominations should include:

  • A completed Cover Sheet
  • The principal nominator's letter (up to 4 pages) including a brief explanation of the significance of the candidate's work
  • One or two letters of support
  • A brief (up to 2 pages) CV for the candidate
  • A listing of the candidate's publications.


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Donations are also accepted by check (from U.S. banks only) sent to: The Geochemical Society, 5241 Broad Branch Rd, NW, Washington, DC 20015. Checks should be made payable to the Geochemical Society. Please include a letter clearly identifying the check as intended for the Hayes Fund and providing your name and mailing address.

The Geochemical Society is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and, as such, donations from U.S. taxpayers will be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. All donations will be acknowledged in writing.