Concomitant with the AGU’s new strategic plan, we seek to create a shared vision of AGU’s future within a vibrant, worldwide Earth and space sciences community.
All AGU volunteers are asked to comply with the Conflict of Interest (COI) Policy and process. The COI Policy outlined below provides further details for all stakeholders involved in the Honors Program. The purpose of the AGU Conflict of Interest Policy is to avert, to the extent possible, biasing circumstances, or the appearance of biasing circumstances, in the selection of AGU honorees.
This policy applies to all volunteer leaders, nominators, supporters, and selection committees of Union medals, awards, and prizes, Fellows, section award and lecture selection committees as well as donors and co-sponsors of any award. It guides the handling of conflicts of interest for award committees in the selection of the awardees; therefore, promoting the values of equality and inclusiveness, excellence, and integrity in everything we do.
ii. AGU President-elect
iii. Council Leadership Team (CLT) members
iv. Honors and Recognition (H&R) Committee members
v. All full-time AGU staff
ii. Section presidents and president-elects are ineligible to be candidates for Fellow
iii. Section Fellows Committee members are ineligible to be candidates for consideration by their respective section. However, they can be reviewed for consideration by other sections
iv. Elected section officers (presidents, president-elects and secretaries) are ineligible to be nominated for their respective section honor(s) during their term of service
v. Section past presidents are ineligible to be nominated for their respective section honors for one year after completion of their term as section president
- A previous graduate (Masters or PhD) 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 formal relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the formal relationship was terminated. The only exception to this policy is that this restriction does not apply to early-career awards from sections and the Science for Solutions Award
- In addition, 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. The only exception to this policy is that this restriction does not apply to early career awards from sections.
- Termination of a relationship is defined as follows: nominee no longer being paid by supporter or no longer supported under the same grant or contract.
b. Executive Vice President, Strategic Leadership and Global Outreach and the Vice President, Leadership and Governance
c. AGU President-elect
d. Council Leadership Team
- Personal serious illness
- Primary caregiver of a person with a serious health condition.
- Any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the spouse, child, or parent of the employee is engaged in military service (or has been notified of an impending call or order to cover active duty).
- Nominees whose work conditions have been impacted COVID.
- Allowances for other extenuating circumstances (i.e., economic hardship, other career breaks, etc.) can also be considered. Requests for an allowance can be submitted for up to two (2) years beyond the eligibility requirement.
- Student: currently enrolled in an institution.
- Recent graduate or post doc: recent graduate; is five years post PhD or highest equivalent terminal degree.
- Early career: within 10 years of receiving their PhD or highest equivalent terminal degree.
- Middle career: within 20 years of receiving their PhD or highest equivalent terminal degree.
- Senior/Experienced scientist: experienced and an established leader in their field.