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Walter H. Bucher medal

Information on the Bucher Medal

The Walter H. Bucher Medal is given annually to one honoree in recognition of original contributions to the basic knowledge of crust and lithosphere. Recipients typically conduct research in the following disciplines: geodesy, geomagnetism and paleomagnetism, mineral rock physics, near surface geophysics, seismology, study of the Earth’s deep interior, techtonophysics, and volcanology, geochemistry, and petrology.

The Bucher Medal is named in honor of former AGU president Walter H. Bucher (1948–1953), who was a major contributor to the study of crustal problems.

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Award benefits

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

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

Eligibility

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 senior scientist, but is not required to be an active AGU member. 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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Criteria 

There are two criteria candidates must meet:

  • The scientific excellence of the candidate’s body of work over a sustained period of time (this medal is for lifetime achievement), and
  • The fundamental insights gained through his/her contributions to the Earth and space sciences in one or more areas.

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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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Submissions

The 2020 Nominations for all AGU honors will open on Tuesday 15 October 2019. Check back soon to submit a nomination!

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Past recipients

Name

Year of honor

Leigh Royden 2019

Philip England

2018

Samuel Bowring

2016

Bryan Isacks

2014

James R. Rice

2012

Paul F. Hoffman

2010

Mark D. Zoback

2008

E. Bruce Watson

2006

Mervyn S. Paterson

2004

Stuart Ross Taylor

2002

James H. Dieterich

2000

Norman H. Sleep

1998

Hiroo Kanamori

1996

Patrick Hurley

1995

Aleksey N. Khramov

1993

Seiya Uyeda

1991

Arthur H. Lachenbruch

1989

William F. Brace

1987

John G. Sclater

1985

John W. Handin

1983

Jack E. Oliver

1981

Edward Irving

1979

Bruce C. Heezen

1977

Lynn Sykes

1975

Maurice Ewing

1974

William Jason Morgan

1972

Robert S. Dietz

1971

David T. Griggs

1970

James Gilluly

1969

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]