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Robert Sharp Lecture

Information on the lecture

The Robert Sharp Lecture is presented annually by the recipient of either the Luna B. Leopold Award or the G.K. Gilbert Award. The executive committee of the Earth and Planetary Surface Processes section will invite one awardee annually to present the lecture.

The lecture is presented during the AGU Fall Meeting.

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Lecturer benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our section honorees. Recipients of the Robert Sharp Lecture will receive the following benefits along with the honor:

  • 1

    Lecture certificate

  • 2

    Recognition in Eos

  • 3

    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year

  • 4

    An invitation to present the Sharp Lecture at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year

  • 5

    Complimentary ticket to the Earth and Planetary Surface Processes section event at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year

Eligibility

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

  • The nominee must have been awarded either the Luna B. Leopold Award or the G.K. Gilbert Award during the year they are selected for the lecture.
  • The nominee is not required to be an active AGU member.
  • 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;
    • Sharp Lecture Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff

  • Nominators are not 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;
    • Sharp Lecture 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;
    • Sharp Lecture 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 for the G.K. Gilbert Award or Leopold Award must contain the following files, which should each be no more than two pages in length.

  • A nomination letter that states how the nominee meets the selection criteria and a one-sentence citation. Nominator’s signature, name, title, institution, and contact information are required, and letterhead is preferred.
  • A curriculum vitae for the nominee.
  • A selected bibliography stating the total number, the types of publications, and the number published by AGU.
  • Two to three, additional letters of support. Supporter’s signature, name, title, institution, and contact information are required, and letterhead is preferred. We encourage letters from individuals not recently associated with the candidate’s graduate institution or employer.
  • Up to three copies of the nominee’s published or pre-published manuscripts that demonstrate the nominee’s quality of work in the field of Earth and planetary surface processes.

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

Jill A. Marshall

2018

Isaac J. Larsen

2017

Alison Duvall

2016

Vamsi Ganti

2015

Giulio Mariotti

2014

Jeffrey Nittrouer

2013

Michael Lamb

2012

J. Taylor Perron

2011

Douglas Jerolmack

2010


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]