Committee Charge

The committee is charged with selecting the recipients of the Gilbert White Award and Lecture. Committee members will abide by AGU’s 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 Gilbert White Award and Lecture Committee will promote excellence and transparency, allowing broad input and recognition beyond disciplinary awards, promoting diversity and equity so that the award and lecture are sufficiently representative of underrepresented groups.

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Key Duties

The Gilbert White Award and Lecture 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 award nominations is competitive.
  • 3
    Select the Gilbert White Award and Lecture recipients.
  • 4
    Recommend, implement, and evaluate strategies used to increase diversity of nomination.
  • 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.

Committee Members



Committee Role

Thomas Oomen 

Michigan Technological University

 Committee Chair 
 Suzana Camargo  Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory  Member 
 Ning Lin  Princeton University   Member 
 Lauren Schaefer  USGS Geologic Hazards Science Center  Member 
Rosa Maymi              


Staff Partner; Director, Engagement, and Membership

Brendon Kim 


Staff Partner;

Program Coordinator, Section Awards and Lectures