Once a year, the Friends' Association of the Chair of Soil Mechanics, Foundation Engineering and Environmental Geotechnics of the Ruhr-University Bochum awards the Jessberger Medal to outstanding theses and special scientific achievements at the Chair. It is awarded during the RuhrGeo-Day. It is named after the founding professor of the chair, Prof. Hans-Ludwig Jessberger.
Once a year, the Friends of the Chair of Soil Mechanics, Foundation Engineering and Environmental Geotechnics at Ruhr-Universität Bochum award the Tom Schanz Award to three outstanding Bachelor's theses. It is named after the chair's professor, Prof. Tom Schanz, who died in 2017. The plaques presented with the award show the idealised footprint of a dinosaur, thus commemorating Prof. Schanz's interdisciplinary and, for geotechnical engineering, quite unusual, yet extraordinarily exciting and challenging research in this field.
At the RuhrGeo-Tag, which is organised annually by the Geotechnical Engineering Chairs of Bergische Universität Wuppertal, TU Dortmund University, University of Duisburg-Essen and Ruhr-University Bochum, two bachelor graduates from each of the participating chairs have the opportunity to present their bachelor thesis in the form of a poster. The posters are supported by HUESKER Synthetik GmbH.