Peer nomination OR self-nomination permitted
Recognizing Original Contributions to the Basic Knowledge of Crust and Lithosphere
The Walter H. Bucher Medal is given annually to a senior scientist in recognition of original contributions to the basic knowledge of crust and lithosphere. Recipients typically conduct research in the following disciplines: geodesy, geomagnetism and paleomagnetism, mineral rock physics, near surface geophysics, seismology, study of the Earth’s deep interior, tectonophysics, and volcanology, geochemistry, and petrology.
The Bucher Medal is named in honor of former AGU president Walter H. Bucher (1948–1953), who was a major contributor to the study of crustal problems.
- An engraved medal
- Induction into the AGU College of Fellows (if the honoree has been an AGU member for three consecutive years and is not already a Fellow with exceptions allowed in cases of financial hardship, determined through AGU definition)
- Recognition at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded
- Four complimentary hotel nights and two complimentary tickets to the Honors Banquet at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded
Criteria for a Successful Nomination
- The scientific excellence of the candidate’s body of work over a sustained period of time (this medal is for lifetime achievement).
- The fundamental insights gained through their contributions to the Earth and space sciences in one or more areas.