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Student Award Now Given in Honor of Carolyn Shoemaker

July 21, 2022

From LPI, In the News (July 12, 2022)

The late Dr. Carolyn S. Shoemaker had a brief, but extraordinary scientific career. In a twelve-year window, she discovered a world record 32 comets, including Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 that dramatically plunged into the atmosphere of Jupiter in 1994. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Shoemaker, who led the Apollo 11 and 12 geology teams and helped craft the field of impact cratering science. When Gene died, Carolyn provided funds to the Geological Society of America (GSA) Foundation for an endowment to support student research, with an award named in honor of her husband. That award will now be known as the Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award.

Undergraduate and graduate students working in the disciplines of geology, geophysics, geochemistry, astronomy, or biology, can apply for research support here. The deadline to apply is August 26, 2022.

Read more about the award here and here. Read more about Carolyn’s life and legacy here.

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  1. July 22, 2022 2:50 pm


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