Presented biennially in even-numbered years;
Peer nomination OR self-nomination permitted
Recognizing Outstanding Research on the Form and Dynamics of the Earth and Planet
The Charles A. Whitten Medal is awarded in even-numbered years to a senior scientist in recognition of outstanding achievement in research on the form and dynamics of the Earth and planets. Recipients of this award typically work in the following disciplines: geodesy, nonlinear geophysics, planetary sciences, seismology or tectonophysics.
Charles Whitten was a geodesist with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey who made outstanding contributions to the geodetic sciences, specifically to the research of crustal movements. Whitten formerly served as president of AGU’s Geodesy section (1964–1968) and AGU General Secretary (1968–1974). He was the first recipient of this medal when it was established in 1984.
- An engraved medal
- Induction into the AGU College of Fellows (if the honoree has been an AGU member for three consecutive years and is not already a Fellow with exceptions allowed in cases of financial hardship as determined by AGU)
- Recognition at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded
- Four hotel nights and two tickets to the Honors Banquet at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded
Criteria for a Successful Nomination
- 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.