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Near-Surface Geophysics Early Career Achievement Award

Information on the award

The Near-Surface Geophysics Early Career Achievement Award is given annually and recognizes significant contributions to the field of near-surface geophysics by an early career researcher.

The award is presented at the Near-Surface Geophysics Business Meeting/Luncheon at the AGU Fall Meeting.

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Award Benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our section honorees. Recipients of the Atmospheric Sciences Ascent 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
    Complimentary Fall Meeting Registration during the award presentation year
  • 5
    Complimentary ticket to the Near-Surface Geophysics section luncheon or reception

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 nominee needs to show engagement with the Near-Surface Geophysics section.
  • The nominee must be within 10 years of receiving their Ph.D. or the highest equivalent terminal degree prior to 1 January of the award presentation year.
  • AGU Fellows are not eligible for nomination.
  • 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;
    • Near-Surface Geophysics Early Career Award Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff

  • Nominators are 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;
    • Near-Surface Geophysics 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;
    • Near-Surface Geophysics 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

Your nomination package must contain 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. Required components of the nomination letter are: nominator’s signature, name, title, institution, and contact information. Nomination on official institution letterhead is preferred.

  • A curriculum vitae for the nominee. 

  • Optional: A selected bibliography stating the total number, the types of publications and the number published by AGU. 

  • Three 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.


Submission Process

Nomination Submissions are reviewed by the Near-Surface Geophysics Early Career Award Committee. Nominations should be submitted online.
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Past Recipients

The first Near-Surface Geophysics Early Career Achievement Award honoree will be selected and announced July 2020. 

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]