William Kaula Award
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Career Stage
Early Career
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Award Type
Union Award
Of Note
Presented biennially in even-numbered years;
Peer OR self-nomination permitted
Submission Window
17 January - 1 March
Established 2003

Recognizing Exceptional Efforts on Behalf of AGU’s Publications Program

The William Kaula Award is given biennially in even number years in recognition of unselfish service to the scientific community through extraordinary dedication to, and exceptional efforts on behalf of AGU’s publications program.

Established in 2003, this award was named in honor of William Kaula, who served as editor of Reviews of Geophysics and JGR-Solid Earth. Kaula helped establish higher standards for AGU journals and led the development of policies and practices during his tenure on the Publications Committee. He also mentored early-career scientists serving as journal editors and associate editors.

Honor Benefits
Recipients receive the following:

  • A $1,000 prize
  • An engraved award
  • Recognition at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded
  • Two tickets to the Honors Banquet at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is award

Criteria for a Successful Nomination

Nominees are evaluated on the following:
  • The quality and impact of the nominee’s work on their field.
  • The extent to which the nominee’s work reaches a broad or traditionally underrepresented audience.
  • The originality/innovative nature of the nominee’s work.


Nominators/co-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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