Harry Elderfield Student Paper Award
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Award Type
Section Award
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Peer nomination required
Submission Window
17 January - 27 March

Recognizing Graduate Student Scientists

The Harry Elderfield Student Paper Award is presented annually and recognizes an exemplary manuscript by a graduate student working toward their Ph.D.

This award was named in honor of Professor Harry Elderfield, who determined how different water masses in the ocean could be identified from rare Earth materials. Elderfield also established a mechanism for distinguishing between changes caused by ocean temperatures and those cause by ice sheet changes in oxygen isotope records. The Elderfield Student Paper Award is presented at the Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology section event during the AGU Fall Meeting.

Honor Benefits
Recipients receive the following:

  • A $500 prize
  • An award certificate
  • Recognition at AGU's annual meeting during the award presentation year

About the Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology Section

The Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology (Paleo/Paleo) section supports scientists working on all aspects of understanding and reconstructing Earth’s past climate and environments from the Precambrian to modern analogs.


The nominee must be:
  • an active AGU member
  • primarily affiliated with the Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology section
  • enrolled in a Ph.D. program and have completed two years of the program at the time of the application deadline

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Nominators must be active AGU members.
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