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Donald L. Turcotte Award

Information on the Award

The Donald L. Turcotte Award is presented annually to an early-career or postdoctoral scientist in recognition of outstanding dissertation research that contributes directly to nonlinear geophysics. Notable contributions can include the awardee’s impact or potential impact of the research on the field of nonlinear geophysics.

The award is presented at the Nonlinear Geophysics section ticketed event during the AGU Fall Meeting.

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Award Benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our section honorees. Recipients of the Donald L. Turcotte Award will receive the following benefits with the honor:

  • 1
    Award certificate
  • 2
    $200 monetary prize
  • 3
    Recognition in Eos
  • 4
    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 5
    An invitation to present a talk about the dissertation topic at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 6
    Complimentary ticket to the Nonlinear Geophysics section ticketed event at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year

Eligibility

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

  • The nominee is not required to be an active AGU member.
  • Completion of requirements for the award of Ph.D. degree (or highest equivalent terminal degree) during the 12-month period prior to the nomination deadline (15 April 2017–15 April 2018). 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;
  • Nonlinear Geophysics section leadership;
  • Turcotte Award Committee members; and
  • All full-time AGU staff.

  • Nominators must be the nominee’s research advisors.
  • 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;
  • Nonlinear Geophysics section leadership;
  • Turcotte 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;
  • Nonlinear Geophysics section leadership;
  • Turcotte 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 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 from the nominee’s research advisor stating how the nominee meets the selection criteria. It should include details about the nominee’s research in the field of nonlinear geophysics. Nominator’s signature, name, title, institution, and contact information are required, and letterhead is preferred.
  • The nominee’s dissertation. For a dissertation written in English, a five-page summary is required and should discuss the context for the dissertation, as well as the major findings and significance. For non-English dissertations, an extended summary in English is required for every chapter, as well as a discussion of the dissertation’s context, major findings, and significance.
  • At least one, and up to three, letters of support from other members of the thesis committee or scientists familiar with the research. Supporter’s signature, name, title, institution, and contact information are required, and 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 (optional).

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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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]