New Zealand SAGE Award

2019 New Zealand SAGE Award winner:
Laura Hughes


2019 was the first of a five-year plan to conduct geophysical surveys in Valles Caldera, a 13.7-mile wide extinct volcanic caldera in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico.  It involved several different surveys being run across the caldera.

The first two weeks of the course involved fieldwork collecting a range of different data sets, that spanned across the different corners of the caldera.  The remaining two weeks involved a series of lectures, learning about the theory behind the surveys completed and how to analyse the data.

"It was the most amazing four weeks with an incredible group of people from all round the world. The friendships made at SAGE are lifelong, as you bond over the highs and lows of data collection and analysis. SAGE also allows you to find out what you are passionate about and where you want to head, with further study or as a career."




Past New Zealand SAGE Award winners

Year Person University
2018 Clarrie Macklin Victoria
2017 Not awarded  - 
2016 Sam Taylor-Offord Victoria
2015 Ashleigh Fromont Auckland
2014 Ben Ross Otago
2013 Anton Gulley Auckland
2012 Not awarded  - 
2011 Richard Davy Victoria
2010 Katharina Unglert Victoria
2009 Not awarded  - 
2008 Jessica Johnson Victoria
2007 Not awarded  - 
2006 Not awarded  - 
2005 Anna Leslie Otago
2004 Not awarded  - 
2003 Emma Davies Canterbury
2002 Michelle Salmon Victoria
2001 Huw Horgan Victoria
2000 Michael Finnemore Canterbury



New Zealand SAGE Award

The Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience (SAGE), is a unique ‘hands-on' geophysical educational programme held yearly over a four-week period in June/July in New Mexico.  It is conducted by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a Branch of the Institute of Geophysical and Planetary Physics, University of California.

SAGE aims to enhance the experience and knowledge of students of geophysics in an intense course of geophysical exploration and research that goes beyond classroom-based curricula. Much more than just a summer field camp, SAGE is a complete immersion in geophysics, an educational experience in which students participate in every phase of the field and interpretation programmes.

SAGE participants are chosen globally, and since 2001 one enrolment to participate in SAGE has been available to a student from New Zealand.

Funding for the New Zealand SAGE Award is provided by the Geoscience Society of New Zealand, GNS and the EQC.