Basu U.S. Early Career Award for Research Excellence in Sun-Earth Systems Science

Information on the Award

The Basu U.S. Early Career for Research Excellence in Sun-Earth Systems Science is presented annually to an early career scientist from the United States. The award, established in 2012, 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.

Funding of 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 Basu U.S. Early Career for Research Excellence 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
    An invitation to present a talk at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 5
    A complimentary ticket to the Space Physics and Aeronomy section dinner at the AGU Fall Meet-ing during the award presentation year
  • 6
    $1,000 monetary prize

Eligibility

To better understand eligibility for nominators, supporters and committee members, review AGU’s Honors Conflict of Interest Policy.

  • The nominee is not required to be an active AGU member.
  • The nominee must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • The nominee must have received their Ph.D. or highest equivalent degree at a U.S. institution.
  • The nominee must be more no more than three years post-Ph.D. by the submission deadline.
  • The nominee demonstrates scientific success in studying plasma physical processes that couple Earth’s atmosphere to driving mechanisms in the magnetosphere, solar wind, and sun.
  • 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 U.S. 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 U.S. Early Career for Research Excellence in Sun-Earth Systems Science Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

  • Individuals who write letters of support for the nominee are required to be active AGU members.
  • 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 U.S. 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 the following files, which should be no more than two pages in length per document. The entire nomination package should be in 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 with 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.
  • Three 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.

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

Evan G. Thomas  2019

Julia E. Stawarz

2018

Lauren W. Blum

2017

Colin Komar

2016

Timothy Duly

2015

Rebekah M. Evans

2014

Seth E. Dorfman

2013

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

202-777-7389 | [email protected]

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Antonio Covington

Program Specialist, Section Awards and Lectures

202-777-7484 | [email protected]