UNION MEDALS, AWARDS AND PRIZES
Eunice Newton Foote Medal for Earth-Life Science
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Career Stage
Experienced
Award Type
Union Medal
Of Note
Confers Union Fellowship;
Peer OR self-nomination permitted
Submission Window
17 January - 1 March
Established 2022

Recognizing Senior Scientists for Outstanding Creative Achievements in Research

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.

Honor Benefits
Recipients receive the following:

  • 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 as determined by AGU)
  • Recognition at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded
  • Four hotel nights and two tickets to the Honors Banquet at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded

Criteria for a Successful Nomination

SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE

The successful nominee’s body of publications or other scholarly output demonstrates the introduction of new ideas and data collection efforts or the development of new analytical methods 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.

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, or expansion of the discipline.

SCIENTIFIC CITIZENSHIP

The successful nominee must be a good citizen of the community as demonstrated by service, teaching, mentoring, collaboration, or leadership activities aligned with AGU’s values and mission.

Eligibility

Nominee
The nominee must be an experienced senior scientist who is an established leader in their field.
Nominators
Nominators/co-nominators must be active AGU members.
All Parties
Must be in compliance with AGU's conflict of interest and professional conduct policies.
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