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Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award

Information on the Award

The Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award is presented annually and recognizes an outstanding contribution that advances the field of Earth and planetary surface processes from an honoree within five years of receiving their Ph.D. Notable contributions can be derived from an individual published paper or from multiple works.

Named in honor of Luna B. Leopold, who engaged with and nurtured early-career scientists throughout his distinguished career in hydrology and fluvial geomorphology, this award is presented during the AGU Fall Meeting.

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Award Benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our section honorees. Recipients of the Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award will receive the following benefits along with the honor:

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    Award certificate

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    Recognition in Eos

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    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year

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    Complimentary ticket to the Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Section event 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 not required to be an active AGU member.
  • The nominee must be within five 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;
    • Leopold 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;
    • Leopold 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;
    • Leopold 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 that states how the nominee meets the selection criteria. 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 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.
  • Up to three copies of the nominee’s published or pre-published manuscripts that demonstrate the nominee’s quality of work in the field of Earth and planetary surface processes.

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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Headline

Name

Year of honor

Joel S. Scheingross  2019

Jill Marshall

2018

 

Isaac J. Larsen

 

2017

Alison Duvall

2016

Vamsi Ganti

2015

Giulio Mariotti

2014

Jeffrey A. Nittrouer

2013

Michael Lamb

2012

J. Taylor Perron

2011

Douglas J. Jerolmack

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]