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Eunice Newton Foote Medal for Earth-Life Science

Information on the Foote Medal

The Eunice Newton Foote Medal for Earth-Life Science is given annually to an exceptional senior scientist for outstanding creative achievements in research at the intersection of Earth and life sciences that substantially advanced understanding of the past, present, or future of key facets of the Earth system, or of the prospects for life on worlds beyond our own, or of the future of human well-being.
 
Recipients of this medal typically conduct research in Atmospheric Science, Biogeosciences, GeoHealth, Global Environmental Change, Hydrology, Ocean Sciences, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, Planetary Sciences, Volcanology-Geochemistry-Petrology, or related fields.

 

 

 

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Award Benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our honorees. Recipients of the Eunice Newton Foote Medal for Earth-Life Science will receive an engraved medal, as well as the following benefits with the honor:
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    Awardee will be made an AGU Fellow (if the honoree has been an AGU member for three consecutive years and is not already a Fellow)
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    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
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    Four complimentary hotel nights at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
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    Two complimentary tickets to the Honors Banquet 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.

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    Nominees: The nominee should be a senior scientist, but is not required to be an active AGU member. They should be in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy.

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    Nominators: Nominators must be active AGU members and in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy. Duplicate nominations for the same individual will not be accepted. However, one co-nominator is permitted (but not required) per nomination.

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    Supporters: Individuals who write letters of support for the nominee are not required to be active AGU members but must be in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy.

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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. For detailed information on the requirements, review the Union Awards, Medals and Prizes Frequently Asked Questions.

  • A nomination letter with one-sentence citation (150 characters or less). Letterhead stationery is preferred. Nominator’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required. The citation should appear at either the beginning or end of the nomination letter.
  • A curriculum vitae for the nominee. Include the candidate’s name, address and email, history of employment, degrees, research experience, honors, memberships, and service to the community through committee work, advisory boards, etc.
  • A selected bibliography stating the total number, the types of publications and the number published by AGU.
  • Three letters of support not including the nomination letter. Letterhead is preferred. Supporter’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.
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Criteria

Eunice Foote medalists are evaluated by the following four criteria: scientific excellence, scientific impact, and scientific citizenship. Details on the criteria include:
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    Scientific Excellence: The successful nominee’s body of publications and/or other scholarly output demonstrates the introduction of new ideas and data collection efforts and/or the development of new analytical methods and/or novel approaches to synthesis, that integrate Earth and life sciences. “Life sciences” is defined broadly, ranging from biochemical mechanisms to ecology to life’s origin and evolution.
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    Scientific Impact: The successful nominee’s scholarly output substantially advanced understanding of the past, present, or future of key facets of the Earth system, or of the prospects for life on worlds beyond our own, or of the future of human well-being. This impact is best measured through the influence of the nominee’s scholarly output on the work of others, such as via publications, organization of the scientific community, and/or expansion of the discipline.
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    Scientific Citizenship: The successful nominee must be a good citizen of the community, as demonstrated by service, teaching, mentoring, collaboration, and/or leadership activities aligned with AGU’s values and mission.
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Submissions

Nominations are now closed. The 2023 nomination cycle will open in January.

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Recipients

The first Eunice Newton Foote Medal will be presented at the 2022 Fall Meeting.

Honors Contacts

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Rosa Maymi

Director, Engagement and Membership

202-777-7322 | [email protected]

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Leah Bland

Program Manager, Honors

202-777-7389 | [email protected]

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Hannah Hoffman

Honors and Affiliation Program Coordinator

202-777-7515 | [email protected]