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William Gilbert Award

Information on the Award

The William Gilbert Award is given annually to one honoree in recognition of outstanding and unselfish work in magnetism of Earth materials and of the Earth and planets, including geomagnetism, paleomagnetism, and electromagnetism. In even numbered years, the award is given to a junior researcher under the age of 36; in odd number years, candidates of all ages are eligible.

Award Benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism, and Electromagnetism section honorees. Recipients of the William Gilbert Award will receive the following benefits with the honor:

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    Award plaque
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    Award certificate
  • 3
    Recognition in Eos
  • 4
    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award 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.
  • In even numbered years, the nominee must be either 36 years of age or younger or no more than five years out from the completion of their Ph.D. prior to December 31. Exceptions may be made due to extenuating circumstances, such as parental leave.
  • In odd numbered years, nominees of all ages are eligible.
  • Nominees must display excellence in scientific rigor, originality and impact; leadership and service to the geomagnetism, paleomagnetism and electromagnetism research community; or development of new cross-disciplinary research areas and methods.
  • 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;
    • Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism, and Electromagnetism section leadership;
    • William Gilbert Award Committee members;
    • All full-time AGU staff; and
    • AGU Fellows.

  • 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;
    • Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism, and Electromagnetism section leadership;
    • William Gilbert 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;
    • Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism, and Electromagnetism section leadership;
    • William Gilbert 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

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

Your nomination package must contain all of the following files, which should be no more than two pages in length per document.

  • A nomination letter that states how the nominee meets the selection criteria, including a one sentence citation. The letter should include details about excellence in scientific rigor, originality and impact; leadership and service to the geomagnetism, paleomagnetism and electromagnetism research community; or development of new cross-disciplinary research areas and methods.
  • A curriculum vitae for the nominee.
  • Between three and five letters of support. 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

Lennart V. de Groot

2018

John R. Booker

2017

Ron Shaar

2016

Michael Jackson

2015

Nicholas Swanson-Hysell

2014

Catherine Constable

2013

Robert E. Kopp

2012

Joseph Kirschvink

2011

Sabine Stanley

2010

Dennis Kent

2009

France Lagroix

2008

Robert S. Coe

2007

Richard Harrison

2006

James E.T. Channell

2005

Andrew Jackson

2004

Subit K. Banerjee

2003

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]