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Information on the Edward A. Flinn III Award

The Edward A. Flinn III Award is given annually to mid-career or senior scientists, either individually or in a small group, who personifies AGU’s motto ‘unselfish cooperation in research’ through their facilitating, coordinating, and implementing activities. This award is for the unsung heroes who provide the ideas, motivation, and labors of love that build and maintain the infrastructure without which our science could not flourish.

Edward A. Flinn III was a geophysicist and mathematician who led efforts to apply digital signal processing techniques and statistical methods to seismology. He helped establish the Flinn-Engdahl seismic and geographical regions to characterize the world's earthquake zones, a system that has become standard across the globe for earthquake regionalization.

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Award benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our honorees. Recipients of the Edward A. Flinn III Award will receive the following benefits:

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    An engraved Waterford crystal clock
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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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    Two complimentary tickets to the Honors Banquet at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year


Individuals or small groups are eligible for the Flinn Award. To better understand eligibility for nominators, supporters and committee members, review AGU’s Honors Conflict of Interest Policy.
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    Nominees: The nominee should be a mid-career or senior scientist. AGU membership is not required. They should be in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy.
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    Nominators: Nominators must be active AGU members and in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy. Duplicate nominations for the same individual will not be accepted. However, one co-nominator is permitted (but not required) per nomination.
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    Supporters: Individuals who write letters of support for the nominee are not required to be active AGU members but must be in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy.
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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. For detailed information on the requirements, review the Union Awards, Medals and Prizes Frequently Asked Questions.

  • A nomination letter with one-sentence citation (150 characters or less). Letterhead stationery is preferred. Nominator’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required. The citation should appear at either the beginning or end of the nomination letter.
  • A curriculum vitae for the nominee. Include the candidate’s name, address and email, history of employment, degrees, research experience, honors, memberships, and service to the community through committee work, advisory boards, etc.
  • A selected bibliography stating the total number, the types of publications and the number published by AGU.
  • Three letters of support not including the nomination letter. Letterhead is preferred. Supporter’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.

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Successful candidates for the Flinn Award demonstrate: the facilitation, coordination, implementation, unselfish cooperation, and the building and maintaining of infrastructure that supports the scientific community.

Contributions should be for sustained infrastructure rather than tied to a single event, field campaign, or gathering. A sustained infrastructure supports an ongoing community of scientists or brings together a community of scientists and provides a way to improve, support, or conduct their science for a sustained period of time.

Infrastructure may include the following: Instruments; satellites; tools; networks; observation platforms; data management, modeling, or data repository infrastructures; organizational structures; research and research support programs; programs that improve the research environment; gatherings, such as working groups, committees, or workshops.

When submitting a group nomination, specify each individual’s contribution.


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Nominations are Open!

The nomination cycle for 2022 AGU Union awards, medals, and prizes is now open until 15 April. Nominate a colleague, peer or student today.

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Past recipients

Honors Contacts

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Artesha Moore

Vice President, Affiliation, Engagement & Membership

202-777-7530 | [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]