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Norman L. Bowen Award And Lecture

Information on the Award and Lecture

The Norman L. Bowen Award and Lecture are presented annually to one or more mid-career or senior scientists in recognition of outstanding contributions to the fields of volcanology, geochemistry, and petrology. Awardees will be selected for the honor based on a single outstanding paper published in any journal, a series of papers, or any other contribution which the Bowen Awards Committee deems worthy.

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Award Benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our section award honorees. Recipients of the Norman L. Bowen Award will receive the following benefits along with the honor:

  • 1
    Award and Lecture certificate
  • 2
    Recognition in Eos
  • 3
    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 4
    An invitation to present the Bowen Lecture at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year

Eligibility

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

  • The nominee is required to be an active AGU member.
  • Past Bowen awardees are ineligible nominees.
  • 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;
    • Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology section leadership
    • Norman L. Bowen Award Committee members;
    • All full-time AGU staff; and
    • AGU Fellows.

  • Nominators are required to hold an active AGU membership.
  • 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;
    • Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology section leadership;
    • Norman L. Bowen Award Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

  • Individuals who write letters of support for the nominee are not 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;
    • Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology section leadership;
    • Norman L. Bowen Award 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.  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 the fields of volcanology, geochemistry, and petrology. Nominator’s signature, name, title,
  • A curriculum vitae for the nominee.
  • A selected bibliography stating the total number and types of publications, and the number published by AGU.
  • 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

Graham Pearson  2019 
Mary R. Reid  2019 

Timothy Druitt

2018

Steven Goldstein

2018

Craig Manning

2017

Bernard Marty

2017

Dante Canil

2016

Tim Elliott

2016

Tom Sisson

2015

Mark Ghiorso

2014

Richard Sack

2014

Donald B. Dingwell

2013

James W. Head III

2013

Yoshi Tatsumi

2012

Marc Hirschmann

2011

Jamie Connolly

2011

Samuel Bowring

2010

Hans Keppler

2010

Tim Holland

2009

Roger Powell

2009

Rick Carlson

2008

Hugh O’Neill

2007

Eiji Ohtani

2007

Katharine Cashman

2006

Roberta Rudnick

2006

Paul R. Renne

2005

Robert J. Bodnar

2005

Peter B. Kelemen

2004

John W. Valley

2003

William I. Rose

2002

Alfred T. Anderson, Jr.

2001

Francis Albarede

2000

Charles R. Bacon

1999

Alexander Halliday

1998

Frank S. Spear

1997

Charles H. Langmuir

1996

Frank M. Richter

1995

T. Mark Harrison

1995

Harry W. Green II

1994

Alan Bruce Thompson

1994

Timothy L. Grove

1993

Bruce D. Marsh

1993

Robert O. Fournier

1991

Eric Essene

1991

Alexander R. McBirney

1990

S. Ross Taylor

1988

John Barry Dawson

1987

Fred A. Frey

1986

Ian S.E. Carmichael

1986

H.U. Schmincke

1985

Edward Wesley Hildreth

1985

Richard V. Fisher

1985

Michael J. O’Hara

1984

Robert C. Newton

1984

Lionel Wilson

1983

T.N. Irvine

1982

Richard A. Yund

1981

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]