For 2015, the Committee for the Paul Pellas-Graham Ryder Award found that two of the nominated papers were of equal excellence. Thus, the Award for the Best Student Paper in Planetary Sciences for 2015 has been given to two students this year, Romy D. Hanna, a graduate student in the Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas, Austin and Tanya Harrison, a student at the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Western Ontario. The award to Romy Hanna is in recognition of the paper “Impact-induced brittle deformation, porosity loss, and aqueous alteration in the Murchison CM chondrite,” which was published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, volume 171, 256-282. The award to Tanya Harrison is for her paper “Global documentation of gullies with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Context Camera and implications for their Formation”, which is published in Icarus volume 252, 236-324.
Romy D. Hanna (left) and Tanya Harrison
The Pellas-Ryder award is jointly sponsored by the Meteoritical Society and the Planetary Geology Division of Geological Society of America.