Gerard P. Kuiper Memorial Award

The Kuiper Award is presented to students of the planetary sciences who best exemplify, through the high quality of their researches and the excellence of their scholastic achievements, the goals and standards established and maintained by Gerard P. Kuiper, founder of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and the Department of Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona.

Funding Source:

Lunar and Planetary Laboratory/Department of Planetary Sciences

How to Apply:

Award announcement is typically circulated in early March. 

A nomination for the Kuiper Award should include the following:

1. A letter of support discussing the student's research and academic accomplishments. If the nominee is not a PTYS student, please include a copy of student’s academic record at the University of Arizona.
2. The student's CV (including publications).
3. Relevant reprints or preprints.
4. A copy of the dissertation or dissertation draft (if it is available).

Award Eligibility:

Graduate students admitted to candidacy prior to January 1 of the current year are eligible for the Kuiper Award. Persons who have already graduated but who were enrolled as graduate students during the current academic year are eligible. Students from other departments who are doing dissertation research under the supervision of PtyS/LPL faculty are eligible.


Typically late March.

Award amounts & Award process:

Award is presented annually and includes a plaque and a $1,000 prize. Recipients are selected by the LPL Awards Committee.