"Lynn Cominsky received the Wang Family Excellence Award for her extraordinary commitment to student achievement and exemplary contributions in her fields. She also received the American Astronomical Society’s Education Prize and the American Astronautical Society’s Sally Ride Excellence in Education Award for her work in bringing STEM education to K-12 and college classrooms." -- From LIGO Magazine Issue 9
On August 21, 2016, Prof. Alessandra Buonanno, Prof. Bruce Allen and Prof. Karsten Danzmann were awarded the Lower Saxony State Prize for their contributions to the detection of gravitational waves with LIGO. Find out more here.
'Together with 13 other researchers, Prof. Karsten Danzmann, Director of the Institute for Gravitational Physics at Leibniz Universität Hannover and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI), was honoured as an “outstanding scientist at a university in Lower Saxony” with the 2016 Lower Saxony Science Award.' -- link here
"On November 29, 2016, Prof. Karsten Danzmann, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and Director of the Institute for Gravitational Physics of the Leibniz Universität Hannover received one of the two Science Prizes of the Fritz Behrens Foundation for his life’s work and especially for his contributions to the first direct detection of gravitational waves and to gravitational wave astronomy. Each prize is endowed with 30,000 euros in research funds; the Foundation has awarded them to outstanding researchers every two years since 2010." -- link here
Prof. Alicia M Sintes, member of the University of Balearic Islands Relativity and Gravitation Group, has received the "Onda Cero Menorca 2016" award for Science and Research, the "Menorca por la igualdad 2016" award by the PSOE party, and the "Protagonista de la Vida Menorquina' 2016 award in Social Activities by the 'Diari de Menorca' for her teaching, outreach and research activities associated to the first detection of gravitational waves!
In February of 2016, the Relativity and Gravitation group at the University of the Balearic Islands was awarded the Onda Cero Mallorca 2016 their contribution to the detection of gravitational waves. Then in September, 2016, the group was then awarded the Premi Jaume II To learn more, click here.
On September 7th, 2016, the LIGO Engineering Team was awarded The Optical Society's 2016 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award for the detection of gravitational waves. A full list of the LIGO Engineering Team winners can be found here.