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G.K. Gilbert Award in Surface Processes

Information on the Award

The G.K. Gilbert Award in Surface Processes is presented annually and recognizes sustained and outstanding contributions to the field of Earth and planetary surface processes from a mid-career or senior scientist. Notable contributions can include the honoree’s single significant advance or sustained contributions to the field, and unselfish cooperation in research and the inclusion of early-career scientists in the field.

Renamed in 2014, this award honors G.K. Gilbert, a pioneer in modern quantitative geomorphology. The award is presented at the ticketed Earth and Planetary Surface Processes section event during the AGU Fall Meeting.

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Award Benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our section honorees. Recipients of the G.K. Gilbert Award in Surface Processes will receive the following benefits during the award presentation year:

  • 1
    Award certificate
  • 2
    Recognition in Eos
  • 3
    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting

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 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;
    • Gilbert 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;
    • Gilbert 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;
    • Gilbert 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.

  • Chairs and members of the Award selection committees who have any of the above-mentioned mentor-mentee relationships or are a supervisor of a nominee should recuse themselves from participating in the deliberation, evaluation, and voting process for that particular nominee.
  • Members of the Award Committee may, for other reasons, determine that they have conflicts, or potential conflicts, that require elimination from service and then act on that determination if they believe that service could affect the fairness of the selection process.

Nomination package

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

Your nomination package must be submitted as a single PDF file and contain the following, which should each be no more than two pages.

  • A letter that details the nominee’s significant contributions to Earth and planetary surface processes, including a one-sentence citation. Nominator’s signature, name, title, institution, and contact information are required and letterhead is preferred.
  • A curriculum vitae for the nominee.
  • A selected bibliography stating the total number, the types of publications, and the number published by AGU.
  • Two to three 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.
  • Up to three copies of the nominee’s published or pre-published manuscripts (optional).

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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

Ellen Wohl

2018

Michael Church

2017

Christopher Paola

2016

Robert Anderson

2015

Gary D. Parker

2014

Alan D. Howard

2013

Rudy Slingerland

2012

Thomas Dunne

2011

William E. Dietrich

2010


     
       
       
       
       
       

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]