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Piers J. Sellers Global Environmental Change Mid-Career Award

Information on the Award

The Piers J. Sellers Global Environmental Change Mid-Career Award is presented annually and recognizes outstanding contributions in research, educational, or societal impacts in the area of global environmental change, especially through interdisciplinary approaches. It is named to honor the work and life of Piers J. Sellers, an accomplished astronaut, AGU Fellow and member of the Global Environmental Change Section who was a pioneer of vegetation and carbon modeling. Successful nominees are may be an individual mid-career scientist or team of mid-career scientists.

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Award Benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our section honorees. Recipients of the Piers J. Sellers Global Environmental Change Mid-Career Award will receive the following benefits 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 Global Environmental Change dinner that occurs at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year

Eligibility

To better understand eligibility for nominators, supporters and Global Environmental Change Award Committee members, review AGU’s Honors Conflict of Interest Policy.

  • The nominee is required to be an active AGU member.
  • The nominee must by primarily or secondarily affiliated with the Global Environmental Change section.
  • The nominee must be within 10 to 20 years of receiving their Ph.D. or highest terminal degree on the first day of the year in which the award is presented. 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;
    • Piers J. Sellers Global Environmental Change Mid-Career Award Committee members;
    • All full-time AGU staff; and
    • 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;
    • Piers J. Sellers Global Environmental Change Mid-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;
    • Piers J. Sellers Global Environmental Change Mid-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

Watch our tutorial on successfully submitting a nomination package or read our guide. Your nomination package must contain all of the following files and be no more than two pages in length per document.

  • A nomination letter that states how the nominee meets the selection criteria and demonstrates the potential to be elected as an AGU Fellow in the future. The letter should include details about outstanding contributions in research, educational, or societal impacts in the area of global environmental change. 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.
  • Up to three copies of the nominee's published or preprint manuscripts, which illustrate the nominee’s quality of work.
  • Up 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.

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

Katherine V. Calvin 2019

Markus Reichstein

2018

James Randerson

2017

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]