Sunanda & Satimay Basu International Early Career Award

Information on the Award

The Sunanda and Satimay Basu International Early Career Award in Sun-Earth Systems Science is presented annually to an early career scientist from a developing nation. The award, established in 2008, recognizes significant work that shows promise of making outstanding contributions to research in Sun-Earth systems science and furthers the understanding of plasma physical processes and their applications for the benefit of society. Awardees are required to deliver an invited talk at the AGU Fall Meeting.

This award is made possible by a generous contribution from AGU members Sunanda and Santimay Basu.

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Award Benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our section honorees. Recipients of the Sunanda & Satimay Basu International Early Career Award in Sun-Earth Systems Science will receive the following benefits with the honor:

  • 1
    Award certificate
  • 2
    Recognition in Eos
  • 3
    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 4
    Complimentary meeting registration the year the award is presented
  • 5
    Travel support (airfare and housing) to attend the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 6
    A complimentary ticket to the Space Physics and Aeronomy section event at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 7
    Three years of complimentary AGU membership

Eligibility

To better understand eligibility for nominators, supporters and Basu International Early Career Award Committee members, review AGU’s Honors Conflict of Interest Policy.

  • The nominee is not required to be an active AGU member.
  • Nominees who live and work in developing nations are eligible.
  • The nominee must have completed their Ph.D. or highest equivalent degree during the seven-year time period prior to the award presentation year.
  • The nominee demonstrates outstanding contributions to research in Sun-Earth Systems Science that further the understanding of plasma physical processes and applications for the benefit of society.
  • Consideration is given to candidates who have overcome obstacles in attaining their research objectives.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be candidates for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Space Physics and Aeronomy section leadership;
    • Basu International Early Career for Research Excellence in Sun-Earth Systems Science Committee members;
    • All full-time AGU staff; and
    • AGU Fellows.

  • Nominators are required to hold an active AGU membership.
  • Thesis/research advisors are eligible nominators.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be nominators for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Space Physics and Aeronomy section leadership;
    • Basu International Early Career Award Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

  • Individuals who write letters of support for the nominee are required to be active AGU members.
  • Supports may not be currently or recently associated with the nominee’s institution.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be supporters for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Space Physics and Aeronomy section leadership;
    • Basu International Early Career for Research Excellence in Sun-Earth Systems Science Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

The following relationships need to be identified and communicated to the Award Committee but will not disqualify individuals from participating in the nomination or committee review process. These apply to committee members, nominators, and supporters:

  • Current dean, departmental chair, supervisor, supervisee, laboratory director, an individual with whom one has a current business or financial relationship (e.g., business partner, employer, employee);
  • Research collaborator or co-author within the last three years; and/or
  • An individual working at the same institution or having accepted a position at the same institution.

Individuals with the following relationships are disqualified from participating in the award nomination process as a nominator or supporter:

  • Family member, spouse, or partner.
  • A previous graduate (Master’s or Ph.D.) and/or postdoctoral advisor, or postdoctoral fellow may not write a nomination letter but may write a supporting letter after five years of terminating their relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the relationship was terminated.
  • A former doctoral or graduate student, or a former postdoctoral fellow may not write a nomination letter for a former advisor but may write a supporting letter after five years of terminating their relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the relationship was terminated.

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Nomination Package

Your nomination package must contain all of the following files, which should be no more than two pages in length per document. The entire nomination should be merged into one PDF file. Watch our tutorial on successfully submitting a nomination package or read our guide.

  • A nomination letter that states how the nominee meets the selection criteria. It should include details about the nominee’s outstanding contributions to research in Sun-Earth systems science that further the understanding of plasma physical processes and their applications for the benefit of society. Nominator’s signature, name, title, institution, and contact information are required and letterhead is preferred.
  • A curriculum vitae for the nominee.
  • Two additional letters of support. Supporter’s signature, name, title, institution, and contact information are required and letterhead is preferred. We encourage letters from individuals not currently or recently associated with the candidate’s institution of graduate education or employment.
  • A selected bibliography may also be included.

Nominations are Open!

The nomination cycle for 2020 AGU Section awards is now open until 15 April. Nominate a colleague, peer or student today.
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Past recipients

Name

Year of honor

Ajeet Kumar Maurya  2019 

Zama T. Katamzi-Joseph

2018

Quanqi Shi

2017

Joseph Olwendo

2016

Chaowei Jiang

2015

John Bosco Habarulema

2014

Xin Cheng

2013

Marco Milla

2012

Hui Wang

2011

Kaiming Huang

2010

Samireddipalle Sripathi

2009

Yao Chen

2008

Honors Contacts

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Robert Rader

Director, Engagement and Membership

202-777-7418 | [email protected]

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Leah Bland

Program Manager, Honors

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Antonio Covington

Program Specialist, Section Awards and Lectures

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