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CSDMS Awards

CSDMS 2024 awards

Congratulations Randy Leveque, winner of the 2024 CSDMS lifetime achievement award!

Congratulations Sebrian Beselly, winner of the 2024 Syvitski Student Modeler Award!

CSDMS lifetime achievement award


Since 2010, the CSDMS Lifetime Achievement Award has been bestowed for outstanding and sustained achievements in earth surface processes modeling research and service contributions to the global CSDMS community. Examples of what that may look like are:

  • fundamental advances in the development and application of earth-surface dynamics theory;
  • use of computational modeling to shed light on earth-surface systems;
  • development of new computational techniques and/or tools;
  • contributions to, development of, and/or applications of, high-quality community open-source software for modeling and/or analysis;
  • contributions to community science advances related to modeling and/or earth-surface dynamics;
  • contributions that are/were sustained over a full career; and,
  • contributions to teaching and mentoring the next generation of scientist.

Student Modeler Award


Since 2011, graduate students and first-year postdocs studying earth and planetary surface processes have been invited to compete for the Syvitski Student Modeler Award. Awardees are chosen based on ingenuity, applicability, and advancement of modeling of earth and planetary surface processes. The student modeler award is named in honor of Jaia Syvitski, the founding executive director of CSDMS from 2001 to 2017, who has inspired countless modelers. Awardees are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Software development practices
  • Open source code licensing
  • Public availability of code
  • Code quality
  • Documentation quality
  • Build/run procedures
  • Quality/complexity of the scientific problem
  • Follows the CSDMS philosophy
  • Modeling is an important component in the project
  • Modeling is executed appropriately
  • Modeling demonstrates attributes that exceed current common practices

Information on the Syvitski Student Modeler Award competition can be found here.