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Union awards, medals, and prizes

Program overview

AGU presents a variety of awards, medals, and prizes to recognize individuals whose excellence and leadership in research, education and innovation have significantly advanced Earth and space science. Rewarding that excellence in scientific research, education, and outreach not only strengthens our science but can further its impact and value to society. Each year, we honor these exceptional individuals at our Fall Meeting.

Review our many awards, medals, and prizes and their eligibility. 

Nominations are Open!

The nomination cycle for 2020 AGU Union awards, medals, and prizes is now open until 15 March. Nominate a colleague, peer or student today.

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2019 Honorees

This year, we honored 36 exception individuals in the Earth and space sciences.
See honorees

Nominee eligibility and timeline for submissions

The nomination cycle for the 2020 Union Awards, Medals, and Prizes will open on 15 October. Check back here for important updates and information!

Nominee eligibility

Union Awards, Medals, and Prizes nomination timeline


Stage of the nomination cycle process

15 October 2019                          Nomination submission site opens.

15 March 2020

Nomination submission site closes.

19 - 23 May 2020

AGU staff reviews nomination packages for eligibility and completeness to prepare nominations for selection committee review.
23 -29 May 2020 Staff prepares additional materials as needed for selection committees in preparation for review period.

30 April 2020 

Nomination materials are sent to the respective selection committee for review.

1 May - 14 June 2020

Selection committees review nominations through a series of evaluations and select recipients. 

19 June 2020

Deadline for selection committees to submit recommendations for recipients to the Council Leadership Team for review and approval.

TBD July 2020

Council Leadership Team meets to discuss and approve the selection committees' recommendations for 2020.
TBD August 2020 AGU officially announces the 2020 Union Awards, Medals, and Prizes recipients.
11 December 2020 AGU formally recognizes the 2020 recipients during the Honors Ceremony held at Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

Nominations are Open!

The nomination cycle for 2020 AGU Union awards, medals, and prizes is now open until 15 March. Nominate a colleague, peer or student today.

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Nomination package requirements

Your nomination package should contain the following files, which should be no more than two pages in length per document:

  1. Nomination letter
  2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae
  3. Nominee’s selected bibliography with a brief introductory summary (no more than one paragraph). The Education, International, Kaula and Spilhaus awards do not require a selected bibliography as part of the nomination process.
  4. Three letters of support (in addition to the nomination letter). Please refer to the AGU Honors Conflict of Interest Policy before selecting supporters.

For detailed information on nomination requirements, please view the AGU Union Awards, Medals, and Prizes frequently asked questions (FAQs). You can submit nominations by using the online submission system. If a nomination package requires revision, please send the revised document(s) electronically, in either .pdf or .doc format to the Union Awards, Medals and Honors Program.

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