Paul G. Silver Young Scholar Research Enhancement Award



Paul G. Silver received his PhD in geophysics from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD in 1982 and went on to a highly distinguished career. He applied seismology in innovative ways to study a range of topics from earthquake triggering, through upper mantle flow, to core-mantle boundary structure. He led several international projects that resulted in new insights on directionally-dependent wave propagation associated with crust and/or mantle deformation. Paul was particularly well-known for his creativity and successful mentoring of young scholars, both being outcomes of his inquisitive and open, yet focused on the end-result, approach to science.

In recognition of Paul’s mentorship, and to enable young scholars to pursue a new idea, the Paul G. Silver Young Scholar Research Enhancement Award will provide funds to extend work beyond what would typically be within reach for a young investigator.  Awards of $2000-5000 are offered through a competitive application process, open to undergraduates, graduate students, or new researchers (< 4 yr post PhD) who are pursuing geophysical research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD.

A main goal of the scholarship is to allow applicants to accomplish some research that would otherwise not be possible. The application should thus tie the request to accomplishing some aspect of research that would extend beyond already-envisioned work, but which would not be done without this support. Examples of requests include, but are not limited to: a visit to another lab to acquire or process data or learn new methods, a pilot field study, acquisition of agency or commercial data, or travel to an in-depth topical workshop where significant interaction with colleagues could enhance research outcomes. Requests less tied to new research, such as travel to present results at meetings, or purchase of a new computer, are less likely to be funded.

Applicants should provide a single page description of the objectives and status of their ongoing research project, of the aspect(s) that would be supported by an award, and details of how funds would be used. A separate, brief budget itemization and/or short paragraph with justification for each component of the funding request is required. A 1-2 page (maximum length) CV should be included in the same document. If external collaboration is involved, brief documentation of that person's willingness to participate should be included. Graduate students must have approval of their PhD advisor for the proposed efforts.The IGPP Green Foundation Selection Committee evaluates applications and final selection will be made in consultation with Nathalie Valette-Silver, PhD.

The current call for applications closes March 22. The application form is at The Paul G. Silver Young Reserach Enhancement Award application page.

Award Recipients


  • Zhongwen Zhan: Kenicott glacier seismicity experiment
  • Eric Lindsey: Earthquakes: nucleation, triggering, and relationship with aseismic processes workshop, Corsica


  • Shi Sim: Collaboration visit to LDEO- numerical modeling of mantle flow, melting, and melt migration
  • Adrian Doran: Seismicity on Patton Escarpment, OBS deployment


  • Daniel Trugman: Injection-induced seismicity, southern KS
  • Yongfei Wang: Dynamic rupture mechanisms of Nepal earthquake
  • Adrian Doran: Seismic anisotropy of Alpine glacier


  • Matt Cook: Cascadia seafloor geodesy
  • Adrian Doran: Compliance of central Pacific seafloor


  • Nicolas Blanc: Iron silicates melting near core/mantle boundary
  • Zhou (Johnny) Zhang : Stability/distribution of iron melt in the lower mantle

If you have any questions, please contact the Green Foundation Secretary (greenfound (at) ucsd (dot) edu).