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MINERAL AND ROCK PHYSICS GRADUATE RESEARCH AWARD

Information on the Award

The Mineral and Rock Physics Graduate Research Award is presented annually to one or more promising young scientists and recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of mineral and rock physics achieved during the honoree’s Ph.D. research. The nominee should be engaged in experimental or theoretical studies on Earth and planetary materials with the purpose of unravelling the physics and chemistry behind their origin and physical properties.

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Award Benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our section honorees. Recipients of the Mineral and Rock Physics Graduate Research Award will receive the following benefits with the honor:

  • 1
    Award certificate
  • 2
    Recognition in Eos
  • 3
    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 4
    $500 monetary prize

Eligibility

To better understand eligibility for 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 currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program or no more than 12 months post-degree by the nomination deadline.
  • 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;
    • Mineral and Rock Physics Graduate Research Award Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.
    • AGU Fellows

  • 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;
    • Mineral and Rock Physics Graduate Research 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;
    • Mineral and Rock Physics Graduate Research 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 post-doctoral 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 all of the following files, which should be no more than two pages in length per document. Learn how to successfully submit a nomination package or read our guide on how to submit a successful nomination.

  • A nomination letter that states how the nominee meets the selection criteria. It should include details about outstanding contributions to the field of mineral and rock physics achieved during their Ph.D. research. Nominator’s signature, name, title, institution, and contact information are required, and letterhead is preferred.
  • A curriculum vitae for the nominee.
  • Up to three copies of the nominee's published or preprint manuscripts, which illustrate the nominee’s quality of work.
  • 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 currently or recently associated with the candidate’s institution of graduate education or employment.
  • A selected bibliography may also be included.

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

Earl F. O’Bannon III

2018

Esther Posner

2018

Natalia Solomatova

2018

Harrison Lisabeth

2017

Joshua P. Townsend

2017

Jeffrey Pigott

2016

Lucas Pimienta

2016

Yun-Yuan Chang

2015

Dongzhou Zhang

2015

Rebecca Fischer

2014

Zachary Geballe

2014

Lars N. Hansen

2013

Caitlin A. Murphy

2013

Richard Kraus

2012

Zhicheng Jing

2011

Daniel King

2011

Krystle Catalli

2010

Marshall Sundberg

2010

Nicholas J. Austin

2009

Yonggang Yu

2009

Innokenty Kantor

2008

Yashuhiro Kuwayama

2007

Wendy Mao

2006

Junfeng Zhang

2006

Jennifer Jackson

2005

Motohiko Murakami

2004

Sergio Speziale

2004

Annette Kleppe

2003

Sebastien Merkel

2002

Gerd Steinle-Neumann

2002

Nathalie Bolfan-Casanova

2001

Sang-Heon Dan Shim

2001

Steven D. Jacobsen

2000

Tomoaki Kubo

1999

Daisuke Yamazaki

1999

Tye Gribb

1998

Abby Kavner

1998

Ljuba Kerschhofer

1997

Wenlu Zhu

1997

Baosheng Li

1996

Nicholas Beeler

1995

Nobumasa Funamori

1995

Andy Hsi-Tien

1994

Andrei Zerr

1994

Kathleen J. Kingma

1993

Michael Kruger

1992

Thomas Duffy

1991

Donald Isaak

1990

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]