Award Details


Paul Goldberg Award

Nomination/Submission Deadline: 20 Dec 2019

Award Description

The Paul Goldberg Award provides support for thesis research, with emphasis on fieldwork and/or laboratory analyses, for graduate students in the earth sciences and archaeology. 

Who Is Eligible to Submit Nominations or Apply for the Award

Recipients of the Paul Goldberg Award will be students who are (1) actively pursuing the M.A. or M.S. degree in earth sciences or archaeology (please indicate which on application); and (2) applying earth science methods to archaeological research. 

Nomination/Submission Materials Required

The application should consist of (1) a research proposal no more than three pages in length (excluding references) that describes the research project and its potential contributions to American archaeology, (2) a curriculum vita, and (3) two letters of support, including one from the thesis committee chair that certifies that the student is conducting the proposed research along with the expected date of completion of the degree. Electronic submissions as pdfs sent to the award committee chair are preferred. File names must include the applicants surname or last name. The award (Paul Goldberg Award) must be clearly indicated in the proposal title. 

Other Special Requirements


Nature of Award (e.g. monetary, medal, symposium)

The awardee receives $500. As the fund grows, the award amount may increase as the annual interest increases. In addition, the awardee is recognized by the SAA through a plaque presented during the business meeting held at the Annual Meeting, a citation in The SAA Archaeological Record, and acknowledgment on the awards page of the SAA Website. 

Current Committee Charge

The committee solicits proposals and selects recipients for the Douglas C. Kellogg Fund for Geoarchaeological Research Award and the Paul Goldberg Award (formerly the Geoarchaeology Interest Group M.A./M.S. Research Award). These awards are presented in support of research with emphasis on the field and/or laboratory parts of this research for graduate students in the earth sciences and archaeology at the Doctoral level and the Master’s level, respectively.  

Committee Composition

Committee composition is one chair and at least four members.

Term Length

Three years. 

Award Cycle


Committee Chair and End of Term

Cynthia M. Fadem [2020]

Committee Chair Contact Information

Committee Members and Ends of Terms

Katherine Adelsberger [2021], Christopher Hill [2021], Julie Esdale [2022],  Jessi J. Halligan [2022]

Selection or Evaluation Criteria

The committee reads the proposals and selects the best one based on relative merit. Important questions for evaluation include the following: Does the proposal seek to do interesting and novel research? Are the methods and theory sound and applicable? Is the proposal well written and coherent? Can what the proposal seeks to do be accomplished in the stated time? 

Committee Deliberation Process (e.g. dates, venue)

After each committee member reads and evaluates each application, the committee meets and votes electronically. A simple majority is sufficient; if there is a deadlock the chair provides the tie-breaking vote. 

2019  Cayla D. Kennedy

For her project developing a model of Late Holocene alluvial cycles at Cub Creek, Dinosaur National Monument, Utah that will be widely applicable across the Uinta Basin's Fremont farming localities, we proudly present the 2019 Paul Goldberg Award for master's research in Earth science and archaeology to Cayla Kennedy (Utah State University).

2018    Zaakiyah Cua

2017    Heidi Van Etten

2016    Kendal R. Jackson

2015    Alexander Delgado

2014    Brendan S. Fenerty