The Asahiko Taira International Scientific Ocean Drilling Research Prize

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Basic Information

Criteria

Nomination Process & Requirements

Submission

Taira Prize Committee

Recipients


The Asahiko Taira International Scientific Ocean Drilling Research Prize (The Taira Prize) is given annually to one honoree in recognition of  “outstanding transdisciplinary research accomplishment in ocean drilling.”

Established in 2014, the Taira Prize is a partnership between the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU), and is made possible through the generous donation from the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International (IODP-MI). The prize is given in honor of Dr. Asahiko Taira of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology.

Dr. Taira has an extensive background of more than 40 years in geological research. His areas of focus include tectonics, paleoceanography, and ocean drilling science. He has been published in more than 200 American and Japanese journals, textbooks, and other publications. Before his service with the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Dr. Taira was an associate professor at Kochi University and a professor at University of Tokyo. He has been honored for his research numerous times, including the Geological Society of Japan Award and being named a fellow of the Geological Society of America.

PRIZE INCLUDES:
• $18,000 monetary prize
•Engraved award (award will be presented at AGU Fall Meeting during odd presentation year, and at the JpGU Annual Meeting during even presentation year)
•Invitation to present a lecture at the AGU Fall Meeting during odd award presentation year, and at the JpGU Annual Meeting during even award presentation year
• Recognition in Eos
• Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during award presentation year
• Two complimentary tickets to the Honors Banquet at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year

Criteria


For outstanding and transdisciplinary scientific contributions enabled by ocean drilling.

Frequency: Annual

Career level: Early Career, Middle Career

Nominee eligibility: Active AGU membership is not required; must be an active early career/mid-career scientist who is within 15 years of receiving their Ph.D. of any discipline; must be making an impact in the field of ocean drilling

Nominator eligibility: Active AGU membership is not required

Conferred Fellowship: No

Section/Focus Group: Biogeoscience (B); Global Environmental Change (GEC); Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism (GP); Mineral Rock Physics (MRP); Near Surface Geophysics (NS); Ocean Sciences (OS); Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology (PP); Seismology (S); Techtonophysics (T); Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology (VGP)

Nomination Process & Requirements


Nomination Eligibility:

1. Eligible Nominee.

  • Active AGU membership is not required
  • Nominee must be an active early career/early mid-career scientist who is within 15 years of receiving their Ph.D. of any discipline
  • Nominee must be making an impact in the field of ocean drilling

2. Eligible Nominator. Active AGU membership is not required:

3. Eligible Supporters. Active AGU membership is not required:

4. Ineligible Nominees. The following individuals and/or groups are not eligible to be candidates for the Taira Prize during their terms of service:

5. Relationship to a Taira Prize Nominee. AGU policy on the relationship to a nominee is applicable to committee members, nominators, and supporters. The following relationships need to be identified and communicated to the Taira Prize Committee, but will not disqualify individuals from participating in the nomination or committee review process:

  • Current dean, departmental chair, supervisor, supervisee, laboratory director, an individual with whom one has a current business or financial relationship (e.g., business partner, employer, employee);
  • Research collaborator or co-author within the last three years; and/or
  • An individual working at the same institution or having accepted a position at the same institution.

Individuals with the following relationships are disqualified from participating in the Taira Prize nomination or committee review process (i.e., nominator, supporter, or committee member):

  • A previous graduate (Masters or Ph.D.) and/or postdoctoral advisor, or postdoctoral fellow may not write a nomination letter but may write a supporting letter after five years of terminating their relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the relationship was terminated.
  • A former doctoral or graduate student, or a former postdoctoral fellow may not write a nomination letter for a former advisor, but may write a supporting letter after five years of terminating their relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the relationship was terminated. The only exception to this policy is that this restriction does not apply to early career awards from sections and focus groups.
  • Chairs and members of the Taira Prize selection committee are conflicted with the above-mentioned mentor-mentee relationships and should recuse themselves from participating in the deliberation, evaluation, and voting process for that particular nominee.

Termination of a relationship is defined as follows:

For more details, please review the AGU conflict of interest policy.

6. Additional Conflicts. Members of the Taira Prize Committee may, for other reasons, determine that they have conflicts – or potential conflicts – that require elimination from service and then act on that determination if they believe that service could affect the fairness of the selection process.

 

Nomination Requirements

Your nomination package should contain the following files, which should be no more than two (2) pages in length per document:

    1. Nomination letter with one-sentence citation (i.e., citation should be 150 characters or less). Letterhead stationary is preferred. Nominator’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.;
    2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae. List the candidate’s (1) name, (2) mailing and e-mail address, (3) history of employment, (4) degrees, (5) research experience, (6) honors, (7) memberships, and (8) service to the community through committee work, advisory boards, etc.
    3. Nominee’s selected bibliography. Briefly state the total number and types of publications and specifying the number published in AGU publications. For example: Jane Doe is the author of 92 publications, 86 in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 14 of which have been published in AGU journals and books. The following selected list best supports Jane’s nomination for the Taira Prize.
    4. 3 letters of support (total does not include nomination letter). Letterhead stationary is preferred. Supporter’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.

SUBMISSIONS SENT VIA POSTAL OR COURIER DELIVERY ONLY: Nomination cover sheet – All packages sent via mail or courier delivery should include a completed cover sheet. (The online submission system will generate a cover sheet for nominators.)

Please note that only complete packages will be forwarded to the Taira Prize Committee for review. For detailed information on nomination requirements, please view the AGU Union Awards, Medals and Prize frequently asked questions (FAQ) section.

 

Submission Process



Nomination Submissions

Taira Prize nominations can be submitted (1) online or (2) by regular mail delivery. However, to expedite the submission process, please use the online submission system. If you have submitted a package online, then please do not send a printed version to AGU headquarters.

To submit a nomination by regular mail delivery, please make sure to include the nomination cover sheet and mail to: American Geophysical Union, Attn: Honors Program, Awards Selection Committee, 2000 Florida Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20009

 

Recipients