Robert C. Cowen Award for Sustained Achievement in Science Journalism

Basic Information

Criteria

Nomination Process & Requirements

Cowen Award Committee

Recipients


This award recognizes a journalist or team of journalists who have made significant, lasting, and consistent contributions to accurate reporting on the Earth and space sciences for the general public. AGU established this award in 1991 as the Sustained Achievement Award in Science Journalism, naming Richard Kerr of Science as its first recipient in 1993. Since 2001, the award has been named for Robert C. Cowen, longtime science editor (now retired) of The Christian Science Monitor.

Criteria


Nominations are open to science journalists (or teams of journalists) who have, over a period of at least 15 years, made significant, lasting, and consistent contributions to accurate reporting on the Earth and space sciences for the general public.

Frequency: No more frequently than every other year.

Career level: At least 15 years into an outstanding science journalism career.

Nominee eligibility:  AGU membership is NOT required.

Nominator eligibility: Active AGU membership is required.

Conferred Fellowship: N/A

Sections/Focus Groups: ALL: Eligible science reporting by nominees may be about any of the scientific disciplines represented by AGU. Click here for a full listing.

Nomination Process & Requirements


  • Nominations are open to science journalists (or teams of journalists) who each have, over a period of at least 15 years, made significant, lasting, and consistent contributions to accurate reporting on Earth and space sciences for the general public. SELF-NOMINATION FOR THIS AWARD IS NOT PERMITTED.
  • Please submit nominations by means of the online Nomination System. Instructions for using the online nomination system can be found here
  • Nomination Letter: Each nomination must include a letter that describes the nominee’s work and its importance. Please provide in this letter a synopsis of the nominee’s career in science journalism with particular emphasis on his/her reporting on Earth and space sciences, an explanation of the qualities of the nominee’s work that have made it outstanding (i.e. accuracy, detailed analysis, sense of humor, …), mentions of some especially noteworthy articles, broadcasts, or other reports that the candidate created, and a description of any other ways the nominee contributed positively to, and improved, the field of science journalism. Please submit the nomination letter by uploading it to the online nomination system.
  • Examples of Outstanding Journalism by Nominee (up to 10). Nominations must also include examples of the nominee’s reporting. AGU will accept (via the online nomination form linked to above) up to 10 examples of that work. Please provide web addresses (URLs) of examples or upload them as digital files, or both. (Please note that any broadcast or multimedia example–video or audio — and any example  in a language other than English must be accompanied by an uploaded, English-language transcript of the example.) The nomination system will accept uploaded examples and transcripts as PDF or Word documents.

   Questions? Please contact: Nanci Bompey, AGU Public Information Manager, nbompey@agu.org

Submission Process