Fred L. Scarf Award
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Career Stage
Early Career
Award Type
Section Award
Of Note
Peer nomination required
Submission Window
17 January - 27 March

Recognizing outstanding dissertations that contribute to solar-planetary science

The Fred L. Scarf Award is given annually to one honoree in recognition of an outstanding dissertation that contributes directly to solar-planetary science. The award is presented at the AGU Fall Meeting and awardees are invited to deliver a talk on their dissertation topic at the meeting.

Honor Benefits
Recipients receive the following:

  • A $1,000 monetary prize
  • An award Certificate
  • Recognition in Eos
  • Recognition at AGU's annual meeting during the award presentation year
  • Ticket to the Space Physics and Aeronomy section event at AGU's annual meeting during the lecture presentation year

About the Space Physics and Aeronomy Section

The Space Physics and Aeronomy (SPA) Section is united by its interest in the Sun, the heliosphere (the region around the Sun that is permeated by the solar wind and the interplanetary magnetic field), and the upper atmospheres and magnetospheres of solar system planets and small bodies. To maintain the integrity of its scientific endeavors and to make participation in AGU activities more manageable, the Section is organized into three subsections. All in the SPA Section share in the challenge to plan future space investigations that will lead to new discoveries. To generate excitement and understanding of space physics and aeronomy among the public, the SPA Section is involved in a number of educational initiatives.


The nominee must be:
  • an active AGU member
  • an early-career scientist. The nominee must have completed requirements for a Ph.D. degree (or other terminal degree) during the 17-months prior to the award presentation year
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Only the nominee’s research advisors are eligible nominators.
Multiple nominators for a single candidate are encouraged to collaborate on a nomination package.
All Parties
Must be in compliance with AGU's conflict of interest and professional conduct policies.
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