John M. Hayes Award

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.


Submit a Nomination for the 2020 Hayes Award

Nominations should include:

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

Submit a Nomination


Who may nominate

With few exceptions, anyone (regardless of Society membership) may may make an award nomination. The current Board of Directors and the current Hayes Award selection committee may not make nominations nor provide supporting letters for nominations. Additionally, the OGD Executive Committee may not nominate nor provide supporting letters. All, however, may encourage others to make nominations.

Who may be nominated

With few exceptions, anyone who meets the award criteria listed above may be nominated. Award selection is not judged with regard to citizenship nor membership in the Geochemical Society. 
These groups may not be nominated:

Nomination deadlines

Award selection is based on the scientific merit of the nominee and the quality and completeness of the nomination. To be considered for a 2020 award, nominations must be received by October 31, 2019. Once submitted, nominations are held for three award cycles (e.g. 2020-2022). If the nominee becomes ineligible during this period, the nomination will be removed from those being considered. Nominators may update their packages every year to keep them current.


2019 Ann Pearson    
2018 Alex Sessions Ann Pearson  

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