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Devendra lal medal

Information on the Lal Medal

The Devendra Lal Memorial Medal is given annually to an early- or mid-career scientist in recognition of outstanding research in Earth and/or space sciences by a scientist belonging to and working in developing country. Recipients of this award may work across any Earth and space science discipline.

The Devendra Lal Medal is named in honor of Professor Devendra Lal, a distinguished geophysicist whose work spanned diverse areas of the Earth and space sciences. He is best known for his role in founding and developing the field in which cosmic rays produced isotopes on Earth and are used as tracers to investigate a wide range of Earth science problems.

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Award benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our honorees. Recipients of the Devendra Lal Memorial Medal will receive an engraved medal, as well as the following benefits with the honor:

  • 1
    Awardee will be made an AGU conferred Fellow (if the honoree has been an AGU member for three consecutive years and is not already a Fellow)
  • 2
    Lifetime membership to AGU
  • 3
    Recognition in Eos
  • 4
    Invitation to present a lecture and recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 5
    Four complimentary hotel nights at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 6
    Two complimentary tickets to the Honors Banquet at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year


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

  • The nominee is not required to be an active AGU member.
  • The nominee must be an early- or mid-career scientist within 10 to 20 years of receiving their Ph.D. or the highest equivalent terminal degree as of 1 January of the year of the nomination. Exceptions to this requirement due to special circumstances may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Devendra Lal Medal Committee.
  • The nominee must belong to and work in a developing country, designated by the World Bank as “low” or “lower-middle” income per capita.
  • The nominee should be in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy

  • Nominators are required to hold an active AGU membership.
  • The nominator should be 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.

  • Individuals who write letters of support for the nominee are not required to be active AGU members.
  • The supporter should be in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy.

Nomination package

Your nomination package must contain all 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.

  • 1
    A nomination letter with one-sentence citation (150 characters or less). Letterhead stationary 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.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    A selected bibliography stating the total number, the types of publications, an authors list with affiliations, as it appears in the publications, and the number published by AGU.
  • 4
    The bibliography should include the titles of the nominee’s 10 best papers (indicated by an asterisk), highlighting which papers showcase the nominee’s qualifications for the medal.
  • 5
    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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Lal medal nominees are evaluated on scientific excellence, scientific impact, and broader impact. This includes the following definitions:

Scientific excellence: The scientific excellence of the candidate’s body of published work, as well as his/her contributions to human capital in a developing country. The recipient must be a citizen from a developing country and have conducted their work in a developing country.

Scientific impact: How the candidate’s work has made a significant impact on his/her field, and/or to its growth, through influencing current and future research at a border level, particularly in the developing country.

Broader impact: The candidate’s impact on his/her field in the developing country, notable service to his/her field, and their alignment with AGU’s mission and vision.

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Past recipients


Year of honor

Kuljeet Kaur Marhas


S.K. Satheesh


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]