Awards Banquet

The Geophysical Institute annual staff, faculty and student awards banquet sets aside an evening each year to honor employee accomplishments from the previous fiscal year.

5th Annual Awards Banquet

The 5th annual awards banquet will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017, from 4-7 P.M. 

The award ceremony will be held in the GI Auditorium, with over flow space in the Globe Room, and will be immediately followed by a reception in the Mather Library. 

There will be live music featuring GINA's Day Night Band, heavy hors devours, a cash bar, silent auction and door prizes. 




Nominate a staff member today!

The 2016 publications are available here

The 2016 award nominees are available here and the winners will be updated after the ceremony. 

Description of Awards

Best faculty and student published papers as 1st Author (1ea).

This award recognizes the best publication from one faculty member and one student. The winners are chosen based on nominations by the group leaders and selected by a committee of faculty members from each research group.

Roger Smith Lifetime Achievement Award

The Roger Smith Lifetime Achievement Award was created to recognize significant long-term contribution to the success of the Geophysical Institute.  This Award singles out those individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the Geophysical Institute and who have made sustained contributions to the success of its research mission.

TK More Prize

This award recognizes an early career researcher on a path to becoming a leader in their field.

Staff Performance Award

This award recognizes a staff member who has made a substantial contribution to the GI mission by going above and beyond their job duties and/or having provided exceptional contributions to the unit while acting as a positive role model to their peers. This individual would not only be a valuable asset to the GI but would make it a point to share their knowledge and expertise to create a better work environment.

Staff Community Service Award

This award recognizes a staff member who goes above and beyond to contribute to the wellbeing of the community around them. Their generous efforts are recognized for the work they do for the GI community, the greater Fairbanks area, and/or across the state.

Student Award

This award recognizes a student staff member who has gone above and beyond the expectations of those duties written into an everyday student position. Please note, this individual should not be nominated based off of their academic standing. This award is meant to recognize student employees for their professional contributions here at the Geophysical Institute.


We would like to thank our 5th Annual Awards Banquet sponsors!

Cookie Jar Restaurant
Explore Fairbanks
Sunrise Bagel and Espresso
Ursa Major Distillery
HooDoo Brewery
Expressions in Glass
Alaska Railroad
Nanooks Basketball
Chena Hot Springs Resort
Westmark Hotel and Conference Center
Northern Alaska Tour Company
Country Kitchen
Great Alaskan Bowl Company


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