Updates to the Union Medals, Awards and Prizes Program
AGU is excited to implement a series of innovative updates to the Union Medals, Awards and Prizes (UMAP) for the AGU Honors program in 2024.
The updates are part of a comprehensive effort to improve how we find, select and celebrate achievement in the Earth and space sciences, a culmination of nearly two years of hard work by the Honors & Recognition Committee and AGU staff.
The 2024 Honors cycle will be launched mid-January with the innovations listed below. AGU will collect real-time feedback from program stakeholders and assess the performance of each of the innovations along the way. This will allow AGU to experiment, learn, adapt and continue to strengthen the Honors program.
2024 Honors innovations:
- Develop a standardized rubric to ensure Honors are reviewed in the context of AGU’s strategy and values. This rubric will…
- Be publicly accessible with guidance for use
- Offer built-in flexibility to reflect Honor-specific criteria
- Include qualitative and quantitative elements
- Embed alignment with AGU values as part of the evaluation
- Update nomination and review processes that enhance the accessibility and equity of AGU Honors:
- Allow for self‐nominations, in addition to the existing peer nomination process
- Implement a two-step nomination and review process
- Anonymize submissions in first round to promote fairer scoring and reduce bias in review
- Transition from letters of support to form questions that support specific elements of the new standardized rubric
- Assess alignment of Union Honors UMAP catalog with AGU's strategic goals and values
Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information or reach out to the Honors team at [email protected].
- Implementation of a publicly available, standardized rubric for evaluation
- Implementation of a two-step nomination and review process with anonymous submissions in round one
- Both self-nominations and peer nominations will be allowed
- Transition from letters of support to form questions in round two
- An assessment of the alignment of Union Honors UMAP catalog with AGU's strategic goals and values