Bylaws concerning the Jessberger Award

Rules governing operation and nominations of the Committee

  1. Eligibility: Candidate should be a woman in the field of isotope cosmochemistry who has received her doctorate at least 10 years and not more than 20 years before the year she is selected by the Council and whose scientific track record shows great promise. The award is presented every other year beginning in 2021. The award comes with prize money of USD 1,500. Eligibility will include both Members and Non-members of the Society. Members of the Jessberger Award Selection Committee and the Council are ineligible for consideration for the Award during their terms of office. Nominations pending or received during their tenure will be kept by the Secretary in suspended status, and will be reactivated only after the nominee has regained eligibility.
  2. Nominations: Nominations may be made by any member of the Society in good standing or by any scientist working in the field of Planetary Sciences. A person may not make more than one nomination in a one year period of time. Nominations must be made in writing and submitted in the appropriate format (see below) to the Chair of the Award Committee and the Meteoritical Society Secretary ( on or before February 15 of the year before the Award is to be presented. Members of the Jessberger Award Committee may not make or second nominations during their period of service on the Committee.
  3. Format of Nominations: The nomination should include: (a) a biographical sketch of the candidate; (b) a summary and evaluation of the accomplishments of the candidate and the importance of her work; and (c) a list of publications covering the work to be considered for the award. The Nominator should also provide, or arrange to have provided, to the Chair, seconding letters which support the nomination and which may provide additional information. Seconding letters may be provided either by Members of the Society or by appropriate knowledgeable outside scientists.
  4. Duration of Nominations: Nominations will be kept active and reconsidered by the Committee for three selection cycles total. During this period, the original Nominator may provide to the Chair supplementary material reflecting new developments (e.g., new research results or publications), which will be considered with the original nomination. After being considered for three cycles, a completely new Nomination will be required, and the original Nominator will be so informed by the Chair of the Committee.