Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section Honors and Awards

The SEG Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section has committed to honoring the great men and women who have made contributions to the discipline of near-surface geophysics. Honors and Awards are based on nominations received for each current year. Nominations for awards are open from 1 November through 3 January based on award schedule.

Nomination packages should include the CV of the nominee and three letters of recommendation, ideally from various institutions/companies that identify the nominee's qualifications for each award.

Completed nomination packages should be submitted to [email protected].

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Frank Frischknecht Leadership Award

The Frank Frischknecht Leadership Award is jointly presented by the SEG Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section and the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) (https://www.eegs.org). The inaugural award was presented to Susan Pullan in 2005 at the EEGS annual meeting, the Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP). The award alternates (on an approximately 18-month interval) between the SAGEEP meeting and the SEG Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section Reception at the SEG Annual Meeting.

The Frank Frischknecht Leadership Award is established to recognize an individual who shows extraordinary leadership in advancing the cause of near-surface geophysics through long-term (greater than or equal to 10 years), tireless, and enthusiastic support of the near-surface geophysics community. Such leadership is often boldly displayed by an invention, a new methodology or technique, a theoretical or conceptual advancement, or a unique innovation that transforms the nature and capabilities of near-surface geophysics.

Prior to 2005, the SEG Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section presented its own Frank Frischknecht Award in recognition of long-term, tireless and enthusiastic support of the near-surface geophysics community.

Joint EEGS/SEG Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section Frischknecht Award Recipients

2022 Timothy C. Johnson
2020 Hansruedi Maurer
2019 Meng Loke, Ph.D.
2017 Klaus Holliger
2016 Esben Auken (at SAGEEP)
2014 Motoyuki Sato
2012 Andrew Binley
2011 Ken Zonge (at SAGEEP)
2010 Not awarded
2009 Susan Hubbard
2008 Ken Stokoe II (at SAGEEP)
2007 Not awarded
2006 Bob Corwin
2005 Susan Pullan (at SAGEEP)

NSG Section Frischknecht Award Recipients

2004 Rob Huggins
2003 Roger Young
2002 Rosemary Knight
2001 Dwain Butler
2000 No record
1999 Pete Haeni
1998 Pieter Hoekstra
1997 Bill Jones
1996 Don Steeples
1995 Bob Ballard

Joint EEGS/SEG Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section Frischknecht Award Recipients

2004 Peter Annan
2002 Duncan McNeill

Presentation schedule for upcoming awards

2023 - SEG 
2024
2025 - EEGS 
2026 - SEG 
2027
2028 - EEGS 
2029 - SEG 
2030
2031 - EEGS 
2032 - SEG

Harold Mooney Award

The Harold Mooney Award is presented by the SEG Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section during its reception at the SEG annual meeting. The honoree is chosen by his or her peers through nominations from the membership and recommendation to the SEG Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section Leadership.

The Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section Harold Mooney Award was originally presented in recognition of scientific and technical excellence and innovation leading to the advancement of near-surface geophysics. Starting in 2005, the award definition was expanded and is now presented to an individual in recognition of long-term (greater than or equal to 10 years), tireless, and enthusiastic support of the near-surface geophysics community through education, outreach efforts, professional service, or development of opportunities with other professional disciplines that employ geophysics.

Mooney Award Recipients

2021 Not Awarded
2020 Julian Ivanov
2019 Jonathan Ajo-Franklin
2018 James Harris 
2017 Bruce Smith
2016 Susan Hubbard
2015 Koya Suto
2014 Jan van der Kruk
2013 Lee Slater
2012 Klaus Holliger
2011 Jon Nyquist
2010 John Bradford
2009 Louise Pellerin
2008 Jianghai Xia
2007 Deborah Underwood

2006 Bill Doll
2005* Phillip Romig, Jr.
2004 Ken Stokoe
2003 Jim Hunter
2002 Mats Lagmanson
2001 Charles Stoyer
2000 No record
1999 Gary Olhoeft
1998 Doug Crice
1997 Duncan MacNeill
1996 Peter Annan
1995 Rick Miller

*Award definition revised this year.

Honorary Life Memberships

Honorary Life Memberships are presented by the SEG Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section during the SEG annual meeting at the Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section reception. Honorary Life Memberships may be extended to any member, who has active status; who has made a distinguished contribution deserving of exceptional recognition, to exploration geophysics, a related field, or to the advancement of the profession of exploration geophysics through service to the SEG; and who has voluntarily rendered exceptionally meritorious service to the SEG Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section.

SEG Near Surface Honorary Life Membership Recipients

2012 Rosemary Knight
2010 Peter Annan
2008 Don Steeples

Near Surface Research Award

The Near Surface Geophysics Section of SEG is the founding supporter of the SEG Near Surface Geophysical Research Award endowment.

Intent

  • Provides research grants to support undergraduate or graduate students in good standing and enrolled in a relevant academic program at an accredited institution.
  • Student recipients must be engaged in near-surface geophysics research.
  • Awards are intended to offset expenses directly related to the awardee's near-surface geophysics research.
  • Near surface geophysics typically involves the application of geophysical techniques to the study of subsurface targets other than oil and gas. Depths of investigation may range from less than a meter to greater than a kilometer, and applications include (but are not limited to) hydrogeologic studies, earthquake hazard assessment, geotechnical evaluation, archeological investigations, and agricultural studies.
  • Award funds may be used to offset expenses relating to field data acquisition, laboratory studies, specialized computer software, or other activities relating to the completion of a student’s research program.

Selection of Recipients

  • Recipients must be current undergraduate or graduate students in good academic standing, attending an accredited institution, and enrolled in a relevant academic program.
  • Recipients will be selected by the SEG Travel Grant Committee according to established committee procedures.
  • Research Award applicants must submit their application online.
  • Applications must include most recent transcript, signed letter of support from the student’s primary faculty research advisor, a research proposal (Max. 2 pages) outlining merits of the research and a brief statement of the need for funding.
  • Selection will based primarily on the quality of the research proposal, considering:
    • Relevance and importance of proposed research;
    • Likelihood of proposed research approach to yield meaningful answers to proposed research.
    • The likely impact of the research grant on the student’s ability to conduct the proposed research (financial need).
  • Selection will also consider the applicant’s capability for conducting the proposed research as well as their academic credentials, as determined from their transcript and their faculty research advisor’s letter of support.
  • Preference will be given to students pursuing a graduate degree.
  • Strong preference will be given to proposals addressing research topics other than oil and gas exploration.

Applications available between 1 January - 31 March.

Near Surface Research Award Recipients

2022 Heidi Harwick
2021 Stephen Slivicki
2020 Daniel Locci Lopez
2019 Patrick Duff
2018 Alexander Yablokov
2017 Sina Saneiyan
2016 Brady Flinchum

NS Views Student Article Prize Recipients

2017 Boise State University
2016 Eötvös Loránd University
2015 University of Kansas

Support the SEG Near Surface Geophysical Research Endowment and help potential key contributors in the field of near-surface geophysics.

SEG student chapters have the chance to win a prize of $250 for submitting an article to the near-surface newsletter Near Surface Views.

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