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Study of the Earth's Deep Interior (SEDI) Section Award for Graduate Research

Information on the Award

The Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior (SEDI) Section Award for Graduate Research is presented annually to one or two graduate student honorees. Students are honored for their notable contributions including advances in the understanding of the deep interior of the Earth or other planetary bodies using a broad range of observational, experimental, or theoretical approaches.

The award is generally presented at the SEDI section event during the AGU Fall Meeting.

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Award Benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our section honorees. Recipients of the Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior (SEDI) Section Award for Graduate Research will receive the following benefits with the honor:

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    Award certificate
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    Recognition in Eos
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    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
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    Complimentary ticket to the SEDI section event at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year

Eligibility

To better understand eligibility for nominators, supporters and SEDI 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 a current M.S. or Ph.D. student or have completed the Ph.D. requirements (or the highest equivalent terminal degree) in the same year as the award is presented. Exceptions to this requirement for unusual circumstances may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the committee.
  • 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;
    • Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior section leadership;
    • SEDI Award for Graduate Research 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;
    • Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior section leadership
    • SEDI Award for Graduate Research 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;
    • Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior section leadership
    • SEDI Award for Graduate Research 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. The entire nomination package should be merged into one PDF file. We encourage you to watch our tutorial on successfully submitting a nomination package or read our guide on how to submit a successful nomination.

  • A nomination letter that states how the nominee meets the selection criteria. It should include details about outstanding research accomplishments, particularly for a nominee at an early career stage. The nominator’s signature, name, title, institution, and contact information are required and letterhead is preferred.
  • At least one but no more than two letters of support. The supporter’s signature, name, title, institution, and contact information are required and letterhead is preferred. We encourage letters from individuals not currently or recently associated with the candidate’s institution of graduate education or employment.
  • At least one, and up to three, copies of published or in-press manuscripts that illustrate the candidate’s quality of work.
  • A curriculum vitae for the nominee (optional).
  • A selected bibliography stating the total number, the types of publications and the number published by AGU (optional).

Submissions

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

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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]