Paul A. Witherspoon Lecture
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Career Stage
Middle Career
Award Type
Section Lectures
Of Note
Peer nomination required
Submission Window
17 January - 1 March
Established 2016

Recognizing Significant and Innovative Contributions to the Hydrologic Sciences

The Paul A. Witherspoon lecture recognizes significant and innovative contributions by middle-career scientists to the hydrologic sciences through research aimed at socially important problems and through mentoring of young scientists. The award is named to honor the life and work of Paul A. Witherspoon, an accomplished hydrologist who was a leader in the field for more than 50 years. The lecture is presented annually.

Honor Benefits
Recipients receive the following:

  • A lecture certificate
  • Recognition in Eos
  • An invitation to present at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded
  • Up to $2,000 in travel expenses to attend AGU's annual meeting during the lecture presentation year
  • Registration to AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded
  • Ticket to the Hydrology section luncheon that occurs at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded

About the Hydrology Section

The Hydrology Section is one of twenty-five sections in the American Geophysical Union. Its members are concerned with the cycling of continental water (solid, liquid and vapor) at all scales, and with physical, chemical and biological processes driven by that cycling. Of AGU's almost 60,000 members, about 7000 list their primary affiliation with the hydrology section.


The nominee must be:
  • an active AGU member;
  • a mid-career scientist
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Nominators are not required to be active AGU members.
All Parties
Must be in compliance with AGU's conflict of interest and professional conduct policies.
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