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:

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    Award certificate
  • 2
    Recognition in Eos
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    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 4
    A complimentary ticket to the Space Physics and Aeronomy section event at the AGU Fall Meet-ing during the award presentation year
  • 5
    $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.

Submission Process

Submissions are reviewed by the Basu Award Committee. Nominations should be submitted online.
SUBMIT
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Recipients

Meghan Burleigh

2020

Evan G. Thomas received the 2019 Basu U.S. Early Career Award for Research Excellence in Sun–Earth Systems Science at AGU’s Fall Meeting 2019, held 9–13 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award is given annually to one early career scientist (no more than 3 years postdegree) from the United States in recognition of “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.”

 

Citation

Evan received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2010 and an M.S. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech in 2012. He completed his Ph.D. in electrical engineering under the supervision of Joseph Baker and J. Michael Ruohoniemi at Virginia Tech in March 2016. His research interests include the Earth’s coupled magnetosphere–ionosphere response to geomagnetic storms.

 

Julia Stawarz will receive the 2018 Basu United States Early Career Award for Research Excellence in Sun–Earth Systems Science at AGU’s Fall Meeting 2018, to be held 10–14 December in Washington, D. C. This award is given annually to “one early career scientist (no more than 3 years post-degree) from the United States in recognition of significant work that shows the focus and promise of making outstanding contributions to research in Sun–Earth systems science that further the understanding of both plasma physical processes and their applications for the benefit of society.”

 

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Julia received her B.S. in physics from the University of New Hampshire in 2011 and an M.S. in astrophysical and planetary sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2013. She completed her Ph.D. in astrophysical and planetary sciences under the supervision of Robert Ergun and Annick Pouquet at the University of Colorado Boulder in May 2016. Her research interests include collisionless plasma turbulence and kinetic-scale processes in the Earth’s magnetosphere and solar wind.

 

Lauren Blum will receive the 2017 Basu United States Early Career Award for Research Excellence in Sun–Earth Systems Science at the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, to be held 11–15 December in New Orleans, La. This award is given annually to “one early career scientist (no more than 3 years post-degree) from the United States in recognition of significant work that shows the focus and promise of making outstanding contributions to research in Sun–Earth systems science that further the understanding of both plasma physical processes and their applications for the benefit of society.”

 

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Lauren received her B.A. in physics from Dartmouth College in 2007 and an M.A. in astronomy from Boston University in 2010. She completed her Ph.D. in aerospace engineering sciences under the supervision of Xinlin Li at the University of Colorado Boulder in August 2014. Her research interests include wave–particle interactions and their influence on the evolution and dynamics of Earth’s radiation belts, as well as energetic particle detector and small satellite development.

 

Lauren received her B.A. in physics from Dartmouth College in 2007 and an M.A. in astronomy from Boston University in 2010. She completed her Ph.D. in aerospace engineering sciences under the supervision of Xinlin Li at the University of Colorado Boulder in August 2014. Her research interests include wave–particle interactions and their influence on the evolution and dynamics of Earth’s radiation belts, as well as energetic particle detector and small satellite development.

 

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Colin received his B.S. in physics from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2008 and an M.S. in physics from West Virginia University in 2010. He completed his Ph.D. in physics under the supervision of Paul Cassak at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. His research interests include magnetic reconnection at Earth’s dayside magnetopause, dynamics of Earth’s radiation belts, the ring current, ionospheric outflow, and the feedback mechanisms that exist among these magnetospheric systems.

 

Timothy Duly will receive the 2015 Basu United States Early Career Award for Research Excellence in Sun-Earth Systems Science at the 2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, to be held 14–18 December in San Francisco, Calif. This award is given annually to one early-career scientist (no more than 3 years postdegree) from the United States in recognition of significant work that shows the focus and promise of making outstanding contributions to research in Sun-Earth systems science that further the understanding of both plasma physical processes and their applications for the benefit of society.

 

Citation

Timothy received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the Ohio State University in 2009 and a M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011 and 2014, respectively, under the supervision of Jonathan Makela. He is currently a research engineer at Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates (ASTRA) in Boulder, Colo. His research interests include measuring and modeling traveling ionospheric disturbances and understanding their impact on radio frequency systems.

 

Rebekah Evans received the 2014 Basu United States Early Career Award for Research Excellence in Sun-Earth Systems Science at the 2014 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, held 15–19 December in San Francisco, Calif. This award is given annually to one early career scientist (no more than 3 years post-degree) from the United States in recognition of significant work that shows the focus and promise of making outstanding contributions to research in Sun-Earth systems science that further the understanding of both plasma physical processes and their applications for the benefit of society.

 

Citation

Rebekah Evans received her B.S. in physics from the University of Delaware in 2006 and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in physics from George Mason University in 2011 under the supervision of Merav Opher. From 2011 to 2014 she participated in the NASA Postdoctoral Program in the Heliophysics Science Division of Goddard Space Flight Center. She is currently working as a physics teacher in Ft. Worth, Texas. Her research interests include the heating and acceleration of the solar wind and the evolution of solar eruptions.

 

Seth E. Dorfman was selected as the inaugural award recipient of the 2013 Basu United States Early Career Award, given annually to an early-career scientist from the United States in recognition of significant work that shows the focus and promise of making outstanding contributions to research in Sun-Earth systems science that further the understanding of both plasma physical processes and their applications for the benefit of society.

In addition, Dorfman was awarded the 2013 Fred L. Scarf Award, given annually to a recent Ph.D. recipient for outstanding dissertation research that contributes directly to solar planetary sciences.

Dorfman’s thesis is entitled “Experimental study of 3-D, impulsive reconnection events in a laboratory plasma.” He presented an invited talk and was formally presented with the awards at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, held 9–13 December in San Francisco, Calif.

Citation

Seth Dorfman received his B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, in 2005. In 2012, he received his Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences under the supervision of Hantao Ji and Masaaki Yamada from Princeton University in New Jersey. Seth is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles, with Troy Carter. He maintains a broad interest in fundamental plasma physics, including the use of laboratory experiments to explore key physical processes in Sun-Earth systems science.

 

Honors Contacts

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Artesha Moore

Vice President, Affiliation, Engagement & Membership

202-777-7530 | [email protected]

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Leah Bland

Program Manager, Honors

202-777-7389 | [email protected]

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Rosa Maymi

Director, Engagement and Membership

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Hannah Hoffman

Honors and Affiliation Program Coordinator

202-777-7515 | [email protected]