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Thomas Hilker Early Career Award for Excellence in Biogeosciences

Information on the Award

The Thomas Hilker Early Career Award is given annually in recognition of unusually creative work by an early career scientist that advances scientific understanding of biogeosciences. This award memorializes Thomas Hilker, whose groundbreaking work to quantify global photosynthesis from satellite data was a technical and scientific challenge that required both long-range vision and tremendous diligence and attention to detail.

This early career award, given at Fall Meeting, recognizes a scientist whose research propels any discipline related to the field of biogeosciences. The new award addresses a need to recognize and reward up-and-coming scientific leaders in the Biogeosciences section.

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Award Benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our section honorees. Recipients of the Thomas Hilker Early Career Award for Excellence in Biogeosciences will receive the following benefits along with the honor:

  • 1
    Award plaque and certificate
  • 2
    Recognition in Eos
  • 3
    $1,000 monetary prize, subject to funding availability
  • 4
    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 5
    Complimentary ticket to the Biogeosciences luncheon that occurs during the AGU Fall Meeting in the award presentation year.

Eligibility

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

  • The nominee is required to be an active AGU member.
  • The nominee must be no more than 10 years post-Ph.D. degree (or highest equivalent terminal degree) on the first day of the year in which the award is being given.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;
    • 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;
    • Award Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff

  • Individuals who write letters of support for the nominee are not required to are not required to hold an active AGU membership.
  • 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;
    • 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 in one PDF. Each item should be no more than two pages.

  • A nomination letter that outlines how the nominee meets the selection criteria: unusual creativity, insight or diligence in a variety of forms such as: publication of research in high-impact journals, significant presentations at meetings, and leadership of interdisciplinary synthesis publications. 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 number published by AGU.
  • At least two, and up to three, additional letters of support. Supporter’s signature, name, title, institution, and contact information are required. 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

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Year of honor

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2019

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]