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The Asahiko Taira International Scientific Ocean Drilling Research Prize

Information on the Taira Prize

The Asahiko Taira International Scientific Ocean Drilling Research Prize is given annually to an early-career or early mid-career scientist in recognition of outstanding, transdisciplinary research accomplishment in ocean drilling.

The Taira Prize is generously funded through the International Ocean DISCOVERY Program and is given in partnership between AGU and the Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU). It is presented at the AGU Fall Meeting.

The prize was named after Dr. Asahiko Taira of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology. Dr. Taira has more than 40 years of experience in geological research and previously served as an associate professor at Kochi University, as well as a professor at the University of Tokyo. His work has been published in more than 200 American and Japanese publications.

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Award benefits

AGU and JpGU are proud to recognize our honorees. Recipients of the Asahiko Taira International Scientific Ocean Drilling Research Prize will receive an engraved crystal award as well as the following benefits:

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    $18,000 monetary prize
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    Recognition in Eos
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    Recognition and invitation to present 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

Eligibility

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

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    Nominees

    • The nominee must be an active early-career or early mid-career scientist who is within 15 years of receiving their Ph.D. of any discipline. Exceptions to the 15-year requirement due to special circumstances can be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Taira Prize Committee.
    • They should be in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy.
    • The nominee must be making an impact in the field of ocean drilling.
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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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Nominations are Open!

The nomination cycle for 2020 AGU Union awards, medals, and prizes is now open until 15 March. Nominate a colleague, peer or student today.

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Past recipients

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]