Long exposure of ice on beach at sunset


Committee Members



Committee Role

Daniel Ibarra 

Brown University

Committee Chair 

Yarrow Axford  Northwestern University  Member  
Jennifer Fehrenbacher Oregon State University  Member  
Jennifer Hertzberg  International Ocean Discovery Program  Member  
James Rae  University of St. Andrews  Member  

Rosa Maymi 


Staff Partner; Director, 

Engagement, and Membership

Brendon Kim 


Staff Partner;

Program Coordinator, Section Awards and Lectures

Committee Charge

The committee is charged with selecting the recipients of the Harry Elderfield Student Paper Award. Committee members will abide by AGU’s Honors Conflict of Interest Policy, program policies, procedures and guidelines set by AGU. In partnership with the Honors and Recognition Committee and staff, the committee works to ensure that the program is superior in all respects, recognizes all constituents, and fosters a global network of individuals in the

Earth and space sciences who epitomize excellence and cooperation in research, education, and outreach. The members of the Harry Elderfield Student Paper Award Committee will promote excellence and transparency, allowing broad input and recognition beyond disciplinary awards, promoting diversity and equity so that the award is sufficiently representative of underrepresented groups.

RRS James Clark Ross dodging icebergs in the southern Ocean in Antarctica

Key Duties

The Harry Elderfield Student Paper Award Committee supports the following initiatives and duties and serves a two-year term. Their work is completed primarily through the online submission and review system, and by teleconference and email.

  • 1
    Review data from award selection processes for the past years to determine if the program is achieving AGU’s relevant goals
  • 2
    Examine and report on program data to determine whether the number and quality of lecture nominations is competitive
  • 3
    Select the Harry Elderfield Student Paper Award recipients
  • 4
    Recommend, implement, and evaluate strategies used to increase diversity of nominations
  • 5
    Participate in training, orientations, and workshops on associated Honors and Recognition policies and processes
  • 6
    Understand and commit to AGU’s Conflict of Interest policy and process
  • 7
    Provide input and recommendations to the Honors and Recognition Committee on program improvements
  • 8
    Partner with AGU leaders and staff, as well as other societies, to resolve common issues among scientific communities’ recognition programs