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Fred L. Scarf Award

Information on the award

The Fred L. Scarf Award is given annually to one honoree in recognition of an outstanding dissertation that contributes directly to solar-planetary science. The award is presented at the AGU Fall Meeting and awardees are invited to deliver a talk on their dissertation topic at the meeting.

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Award Benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our section honorees. Recipients of the Fred L. Scarf Award will receive the following benefits with the honor:

  • 1
    Award certificate
  • 2
    $1,000 monetary prize
  • 3
    Recognition in Eos
  • 4
    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 5
    An invitation to present a talk on the dissertation topic at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 6
    Complimentary ticket to the Space Physics and Aeronomy section dinner 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 is required to be an active AGU member.
  • This award is for early-career scientists. The nominee must have completed requirements for the award of Ph.D. degree (or highest equivalent terminal degree) during the 17-month time period prior to the award presentation year.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be candidates for the award during their terms of service:
    • Space Physics and Aeronomy section leadership;
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Scarf Award Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

  • Only the nominee’s research advisors are eligible nominators.
  • The nominator is not required to be an AGU member.
  • Multiple nominators for a single candidate are encouraged to collaborate on the nomination package.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be nominators for the award during their terms of service:
    • Space Physics and Aeronomy section leadership;
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Scarf Award Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

  • Members of the thesis committee or other scientists familiar with the research are eligible supporters.
  • Supporters are not required to be AGU members.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be supporters for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU Planetary Sciences section leadership;
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Shoemaker Lecture Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

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Nomination Package

Your nomination must contain the following files, which should each be no more than two pages:

  • A nomination letter from the nominee’s research advisor(s) outlining the impact or potential impact of the nominee’s research on solar-planetary science;
  • The nominee’s selected bibliography, which should include a list of published or submitted papers, and presentations related to the dissertation;
  • One to three letters of support from members of the thesis committee or scientists familiar with the research – preferably on letterhead; and
  • The nominee’s dissertation. For an English dissertation provide a five-page extended summary of the dissertation that discusses the context for the dissertation, the major findings and their significance. For a non-English dissertation provide an extended summary for every chapter of the dissertation, written in English, that discusses the dissertation’s context, major findings, and their significance.
  • Optional: The nominee’s curriculum vitae.

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

Aleida Higginson

2018

Hong Zhao

2017

Kok Leng Yeo

2016

Majd Matta

2015

Jianqi Qin

2014

Seth E. Dorfman

2013

Lunjin Chen

2012

Andrés Muñoz-Jaramillo

2011

Shasha Zou

2010

Lan Jian

2009

Paul A. Cassak

2008

Christopher M. Cully

2008

Tingjuan Ma

2007

John P. Dombeck

2006

Johnathan K. Burchill

2005

David L. Murr

2004

Matthew Hill

2003

Emil Lawrence Kepko

2002

Kanako Seki

2001

Mark George Linton

2000

David Lario

1999

Juan Alejandro Valdivia

1998

Gregory Delory

1997

Yuri Taranenko

1994

Vassilis Angelopoulos

1993

Ming Zhang

1992

Margaret Chen

1991

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]