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The Robert C. Cowen Award for Sustained Achievement in Science Journalism is given every other year to a journalist or team of journalists who have made significant, lasting, and consistent contributions to accurate reporting on the Earth and space sciences for the general public over a period of at least 15 years.
Originally established in 1991 as the Sustained Achievement Award in Science Journalism, AGU renamed the award in honor of Robert C. Cowen, a longtime science editor (now retired) at The Christian Science Monitor.
AGU is proud to recognize our honorees. Recipients of the Robert C. Cowen Award for Sustained Achievement in Science Journalism will receive the following benefits during the award presentation year:
To better understand eligibility for nominators, supporters and committee members, review AGU’s Honors Conflict of Interest Policy.
Your nomination package must contain examples of the nominee’s reporting and a nomination letter. The nomination letter should describe:
Nominations must also include up to 10 examples of the candidate’s journalism. We accept URLs and uploaded digital files (PDFs or Word documents) of examples. English-language translations or transcripts must accompany any example submitted in a language other than English or any broadcast or multimedia example.
Nominations for the Robert C. Cowen Award are closed. Please check back in October 2020 for our next cycle.
We encourage you to read our guide on how to submit a successful nomination. Prize recipients are chosen by the Cowen Award Committee.
Year of honor
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Paula S. Apsell
Robert C. Cowen
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