UNION MEDALS, AWARDS AND PRIZES
Asahiko Taira International Scientific Ocean Drilling Research Prize
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Career Stage
Early Career
Middle Career
Award Type
Union Prize
Of Note
Invitation to present at annual meeting;
Peer OR self-nomination permitted
Submission Window
17 January - 1 March
Established 2015

Recognizing Transdisciplinary Research in Ocean Drilling

The Asahiko Taira International Scientific Ocean Drilling Research Prize is given annually in recognition of outstanding, transdisciplinary research accomplishment in ocean drilling to an honoree within 15 years of receiving their Ph.D.

The Taira Prize is generously funded by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International and is given in partnership between AGU and the Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU). It is presented at the AGU Fall Meeting.

The prize was named after Dr. Asahiko Taira of Tokai University. Dr. Taira has more than 50 years of experience in geological research and previously served as an associate professor at Kochi University, a professor at the University of Tokyo, and president of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC). His work has been published in more than 200 English and Japanese language publications.

Honor Benefits
Recipients receive the following:

  • A $18,000 prize
  • A custom engraved award
  • Recognition at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded
  • An invitation to present a lecture 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 awarded

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.

Eligibility

Nominee
The nominee must be an early career or middle scientist within 15 years of receiving their Ph.D.

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Nominators
Nominators/co-nominators are not required to be an active AGU member.
All Parties
Must be in compliance with AGU's conflict of interest and professional conduct policies.
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