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Harry Elderfield Student Paper Award

Information on the Award

The Harry Elderfield Student Paper Award is presented annually and recognizes an exemplary manuscript by a graduate student working toward their Ph.D.

This award was named in honor of Professor Harry Elderfield, who determined how different water masses in the ocean could be identified from rare Earth materials. Elderfield also established a mechanism for distinguishing between changes caused by ocean temperatures and those cause by ice sheet changes in oxygen isotope records. The Elderfield Student Paper Award is presented at the Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology section event during the AGU Fall Meeting.

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Award Benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our section honorees. Recipients of the Harry Elderfield Student Paper Award will receive the following benefits with the honor:

  • 1
    Award certificate
  • 2
    $500 monetary prize
  • 3
    Recognition in Eos
  • 4
    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 5
    Complimentary meeting registration the year the award is presented

Eligibility

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

  • The nominee is required to be an active AGU member.
  • The nominee must be primarily affiliated with the Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology section.
  • The nominee must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program and have completed two years of the program at the time of the application deadline.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be candidates for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology section leadership;
    • Harry Student Paper Award Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

  • Nominators are required to hold an active AGU membership.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be nominators for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology section leadership;
    • Harry Student Paper Award Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

  • Individuals who write letters of support for the nominee are not required to be active AGU members.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be supporters for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology section leadership;
    • Harry Student Paper Award Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

The following relationships need to be identified and communicated to the Award Committee but will not disqualify individuals from participating in the nomination or committee review process. These apply to committee members, nominators, and supporters:

  • Current dean, departmental chair, supervisor, supervisee, laboratory director, an individual with whom one has a current business or financial relationship (e.g., business partner, employer, employee);
  • Research collaborator or co-author within the last three years; and/or
  • An individual working at the same institution or having accepted a position at the same institution.

Individuals with the following relationships are disqualified from participating in the award nomination process as a nominator or supporter:

  • Family member, spouse, or partner.
  • A previous graduate (Master’s or Ph.D.) and/or postdoctoral advisor, or postdoctoral fellow may not write a nomination letter but may write a supporting letter after five years of terminating their relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the relationship was terminated.
  • A former doctoral or graduate student, or a former postdoctoral fellow may not write a nomination letter for a former advisor but may write a supporting letter after five years of terminating their relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the relationship was terminated.

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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. Watch our tutorial on successfully submitting a nomination package or read our guide.

  • A nomination letter that states how the nominee meets the selection criteria regarding their exemplary manuscript. It should include details about the potential for future contributions, which will be assessed through key note presentations, additional publications, and proven leadership by the Ph.D. candidate during their time of study. Nominator’s signature, name, title, institution, and contact information are required and letterhead is preferred.
  • A copy of the manuscript either published or in press in a peer-reviewed journal. The nominee must be the first author and a one-page explanation for each co-author’s contribution is required.
  • A curriculum vitae for the nominee.
  • A letter of support from the nominee’s faculty advisor highlighting the manuscript’s importance and implications, as well as the nominee’s potential for continued contributions to the fields of paleoceanography and paleoclimatology. Supporter’s signature, name, title, institution, and contact information are required and letterhead is preferred.

Submissions

Nominations for all AGU honors are now closed. Please check back in January 2020 for our next cycle.

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Past recipients

Name

Year of honor

Kassandra Costa

2018

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]