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William kaula award

Information on the William Kaula Award

The William Kaula Award is given biennially in even number years in recognition of unselfish service to the scientific community through extraordinary dedication to, and exceptional efforts on behalf of AGU’s publications program.

Established in 2003, this award was named in honor of William Kaula, who served as editor of Reviews of Geophysics and JGR-Solid Earth. Kaula helped establish higher standards for AGU journals and led the development of policies and practices during his tenure on the Publications Committee. He also mentored early-career scientists serving as journal editors and associate editors.

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Award benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our honorees. Recipients of the William Kaula Award will receive an engraved Bulova clock, as well as the following benefits during the award presentation year:

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    $1,000 monetary prize
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    Recognition in Eos
  • 3
    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting
  • 4
    Two complimentary tickets to the Honors Banquet at the AGU Fall Meeting


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

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    Nominees: 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 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) at the beginning or end of the letter. Letterhead stationery is preferred. Nominator’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.
  • 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.
  • 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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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


Year of honor

Noah S. Diffenbaugh


Alberto Montanari


Louis J. Lanzerotti


George Hornberger


Karl Turekian


William Hinze


Marcia Neugebauer


Alexander Dessler



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]