Barringer Family Fund

The Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research has been established as a memorial to recognize the contributions of Brandon, Moreau, Paul, and Richard Barringer to the field of meteoritics and the Barringer family’s strong interest and support over many years in research and student education. In addition to its memorial nature, the Fund also reflects the family’s long-standing commitment to responsible stewardship of The Barringer Meteorite Crater and the family’s steadfast resolve in maintaining the crater as a unique scientific research and education site.

Each year, the Barringer Family Fund awards a small number of competitive grants of 2500-5000 USD to support MA, PhD, and postdoctoral students as they carry out field research at known and suspected impact sites around the world. Between its establishment in 2002 and the present, the Barringer Family Fund has supported the research of over 50 students. 

You can apply for the Barringer Family Fund by clicking the button below that will redirect you to the electronic application hosted by the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

The Barringer Crater Company and its scientific advisors endorse efforts to make the field of Meteoritics and Planetary Science more welcoming to a diverse array of talented scientists. Since 2002, The Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research has awarded almost half of its research grants to women, based on the scientific merits of their proposals and the quality of their work. The Barringer Crater Company has a strong interest in encouraging and supporting scientific exploration and research within the field of meteoritics for women as well as men, and expects all associated scientists to treat their colleagues and students with mutual respect.

2017 Recipients


Kimberley Beaton

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Project: Investigating the age of impact events using high-precision Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd garnet chronology, in shock-heated crater basement rocks – a case study from the Vredefort Dome


Naomi McCall

University of Texas-Austin, USA

Project: Project: Investigate the internal structure of Ries and Steinheim craters, two transitionally sized impact craters in Southern Germany.  

Maree McGregor

University of New Brunswick, Canada

Project: Revisiting remote impact craters; A Geochronological and Shock Metamorphic study of the Nicholson Lake impact crater, Canada.


Kate O’Malley

University of Alaska-Fairbanks, USA

Project: Post-impact evolution of Chicxulub Crater: Sedimentological Analysis of the Cretaceous-Paleogene Impact, Mexico

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Leticia Pacetta De Marchi

Auburn University, USA

Project: Marine resurge sequences in drill cores FC-67-3 and FC-77-3 – Flynn Creek Impact Structure, Tennessee, USA.


The Meteoritical Society is a non-profit scholarly organization founded in 1933 to promote research and education in planetary science with emphasis on studies of meteorites and other extraterrestrial materials, including samples from space missions, that further our understanding of the origin and history of the solar system.

To learn more, go to the Meteoritical Society site by clicking the button below.

Annual Meteoritical Society Meetings

Every year, The Barringer Crater Company sponsors the Barringer Medal, the Barringer Invitational Lecture, and travel grants for students to attend the annual Meteoritical Society meetings. 


Since 1999, the Barringer Crater Company has sponsored a public lecture delivered by an invited speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society. These speakers often offer a broader perspective on the role of meteoritics and planetary science in the modern world.


Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ, Castel Gandolfo, Italy

Consolmagno attended the University of Detroit Jesuit High School before he obtained his S.B. (1974) and S.M. (1975) degrees at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. (1978) at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, all in planetary science. After postdoctoral research and teaching at Harvard College Observatory and MIT, in 1983 he joined the US Peace Corps to serve in Kenya for two years, teaching astronomy and physics. After his return he took a position as Assistant Professor at Lafayette College in EastonPennsylvania.

In 1989 he entered the Society of Jesus, and took vows as a brother in 1991. On entry into the order, he was assigned as an astronomer to the Vatican Observatory, where he also serves as curator of the Vatican Meteorite collection, a position he has held since then. In addition to his continuing professional work in planetary science, he has also studied philosophy and theology.

His research is centered on the connections between meteorites and asteroids, and the origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system. In addition to over 40 refereed scientific papers, he has co-authored several books on astronomy for the popular market, which have been translated into multiple languages. During 1996, he took part in the Antarctic Search for Meteorites, ANSMET, where he discovered a number of meteorites on the ice fields of Antarctica. An asteroid was named in his honor by the International Astronomical Union, IAU in 2000: 4597 Consolmagno.

He believes in the need for science and religion to work alongside one another rather than as competing ideologies. In 2006, he said, "Religion needs science to keep it away from superstition and keep it close to reality, to protect it from creationism, which at the end of the day is a kind of paganism – it's turning God into a nature god." Consolmagno was recently the Chair of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, serving from October 2006 to October 2007. Consolmagno is a popular speaker as well as a writer of popular science. He has been a guest of honor at several science fiction conventions, including DucKon in 2000, ConFusion in his native state of Michigan in 2002, Boskone in 2007, ConClavein 2009, MuseCon in 2015, and Minicon and NASFiC in 2017. He was an invited participant in Scifoo in 2008 as well. He taught at Fordham University in New York City for the fall term of 2008. Consolmagno gave the keynote speech at the 2013 Stellafane amateur telescope making convention on Aug 10. He appeared on The Colbert Report in December, 2009 to promote his book, The Heavens Proclaim In May 2014, Consolmagno received an honorary doctorate (Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa) from Georgetown University and spoke at the Georgetown College commencement ceremony.In 2010, he was a guest on On Being with Krista Tippett, alongside his friend and colleague Father George Coyne. In the interview, Consolmagno and Coyne discussed their distinct and intimate relationships with science and faith. The show aired for a second time in 2011, and for a third time in September 2015.

On July 2, 2014, he was awarded the Carl Sagan Medal for outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society.[7]

Known as "The Pope's Astronomer," he was named by Pope Francis to be the Director of the Vatican Observatory in September 2015.

The Barringer Medal


The Barringer Medal and Award recognize outstanding work in the field of impact cratering and/or work that has led to a better understanding of impact phenomena. The Barringer Medal and Award were established in 1982 to honor the memory of D. Moreau Barringer Sr. and his son D. Moreau Barringer Jr. and are sponsored by the Barringer Crater Company. The senior Barringer was the first to seriously propose an impact origin for the crater that now bears his name. For nearly two decades he defended this theory against the vast majority of scientific opinion. The junior Barringer was the first to identify the Odessa crater, the second known impact site on Earth. 

2018 Barringer medal recipient: Thomas Kenkmann

Thomas Kenkmann works at the University of Freiburg. His working group investigates highly dynamic geologic processes with a focus on impact crater formation on earth and other planetary bodies. Comprehensive experiments are carried out to further this aim.

Kenkmann studied geology and paleontology and the University of Cologne. He completed his dissertation in 1997 at Berlin’s Free University and qualified there as a lecturer in 2003. Kenkmann has been the Chair of the Department of Geology and Structural Geology at the University of Freiburg since 2010. Baden-Württemberg’s Ministry of Education, Research and Art (MWK) presented him with the State Teaching Award for outstanding instruction and teaching in 2012


Previous Barringer Medal Recipients (1984-2017)

  • 2017 Akira Fujiwara
  • 2016 Keith Holsapple 
  • 2015 Natalia Artemieva 
  • 2014 Alex Deutsch 
  • 2013 Walter Alvarez 
  • 2012 Jan Smit 
  • 2011 Bruce Bohor 
  • 2010 William K. Hartmann 
  • 2009 Wolf Uwe Reimold 
  • 2008 Frank T. Kyte 
  • 2007 Christian Koeberl 
  • 2006 Robert M. Schmidt 
  • 2005 Billy P. Glass 
  • 2004 Peter H. Schultz 
  • 2003 Graham Ryder 
  • 2002 Bevan M. French 
  • 2001 Alexander T. Basilevsky 
  • 2000 Ralph B. Baldwin 
  • 1999 H.J. Melosh 
  • 1998 B. A. Ivanov 
  • 1997 T. Ahrens 
  • 1996 F. Horz 
  • 1995 W. A. Cassidy 
  • 1994 D. W. Roddy 
  • 1993 Dieter Steffler 
  • 1992 E. c. T. Chao 
  • 1991 V. Masaitis 
  • 1990 Richard A. F. Grieve 
  • 1989 Virgil E. Barnes 
  • 1988 Michael R. Dence 
  • 1987 Wolf J. von Engelhard 
  • 1986 Donald E. Gault 
  • 1985 Robert S. Dietz 
  • 1984 Eugene M. Shoemaker