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Cryosphere Early Career Award

Information on the award

The Cryosphere Early Career Award is presented annually and recognizes significant early career contributions to cryospheric sciences and technology from honorees within 10 years of receiving their Ph.D.

Formerly known as the Cryosphere Young Investigator Award, the Cryosphere Early Career Award is presented at the Cryosphere section reception during the AGU Fall Meeting.

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Award benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our section honorees. Recipients of the Cryosphere Early Career Award will receive the following benefits with the honor:

  • 1
    Award certificate
  • 2
    $700 monetary prize from the National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • 3
    Recognition in Eos
  • 4
    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 5
    Complimentary ticket to the Cryosphere section reception at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year.

Eligibility

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

  • The nominee is required to be an active AGU member.
  • The nominee is required to have primary affiliation with the AGU Cryosphere section.
  • The nominee must be within 10 years of receiving their Ph.D. or the highest equivalent terminal degree. Exceptions to this requirement for unusual circumstances may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the committee.
  • 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;
    • Cryosphere section leadership;
    • Cryosphere Early Career Award Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

  • Nominators are not 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;
    • Cryosphere section leadership;
    • Cryosphere Early Career 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;
  • Cryosphere section leadership;
  • Cryosphere Early Career 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

Watch our tutorial on successfully submitting a nomination package or read our how-to guide.

Your nomination package must contain the following files, which should each be no more than two pages in length.

  • A nomination letter stating how the nominee meets the selection criteria including their significant contributions to cryospheric sciences. Nominator’s signature, name, title, institution, and contact information are required and letterhead is preferred;
  • A curriculum vitae for the nominee;
  • One to three copies of published peer-reviewed papers or technical reports that illustrate the nominee’s contributions;
  • 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 recently associated with the candidate’s graduate institution or employer; and
  • An optional selected bibliography stating the total, the types of publications, and the number published by AGU.

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

Natalya Gomez  2019

Ludovic Brucker

2018

Jan Lenaerts

2017

John Paden

2016

Sarah Kapnick

2015

Ian Hewitt

2014

Matthias Huss

2013

Ian Eisenman

2012

Valentina Radic

2011

Hans-Peter Marshall

2010

Thomas Molg

2009

Jessica Lundquist

2008

Ian Howat

2007


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]