James R. Holton Award
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Career Stage
Early Career
Award Type
Section Award
Of Note
Peer nomination required
Submission Window
17 January - 27 March
Established 2004

Recognizing Early Career Scientists

The James R. Holton Award is presented annually and recognizes outstanding scientific research and accomplishments from honorees within three years of receiving their Ph.D. This award serves to acknowledge exceptional contributions at an early stage of the awardee’s career.

This award was named in honor of past AGU Revelle medalist, James R. Holton, who was an accomplished atmospheric scientist, educator, and mentor. This award is presented at the Atmospheric Sciences section dinner at the AGU annual meeting.

Honor Benefits
Recipients receive the following:

  • An award certificate
  • A $1,000 prize
  • Recognition in Eos
  • Recognition at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded
  • Ticket to the Atmospheric Sciences section dinner at AGU's annual meeting during the award presentation year

About the Atmospheric Sciences Section

Sponsors of the James R. Holton Award

The Atmospheric Sciences Section studies the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of the atmosphere, particularly the two layers closest to Earth’s surface, the stratosphere and troposphere. These layers are crucial to life because they regulate the planetary surface temperature, play an integral role in the world’s water cycle, and screen the planet from high-energy radiation.


The nominee must be:
  • an active AGU member
  • an early-career scientist within 3 years of receiving their Ph.D.
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Nominators must be active AGU members.
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Must be in compliance with AGU's conflict of interest and professional conduct policies.
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