Nomination Process & Requirements
The Ambassador Award is given annually to one or up to five honorees in recognition for “outstanding contributions to one or more of the following area(s): societal impact, service to the Earth and space community, scientific leadership, and promotion of talent/career pool.”
- Societal impact: In the arenas of advocacy, communication, outreach, policy, and/or public service, these experts have advanced the role, understanding, and recognition of science to the world.
- Service to the Earth and space community: These experts have immeasurably aided the work of science organizations, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and/or world-policy-making bodies.
- Scientific leadership: By effectively fostering team-based scientific collaboration, these experts have facilitated new work that could not be accomplished in isolation.
- Promotion of talent/career pool: These experts have enriched the Earth and space science field through their excellence in mentoring, increasing diversity, transforming curriculum, and/or creating or fostering collaborative or innovative programs for formal or informal science education.
Established in 2013, the Ambassador Award will honor members whose achievements extend beyond those recognized by traditional scientific discipline awards. The award furthers AGU’s strategic goals to promote collaboration and innovation, inform society about Earth and space science, and build the global talent pool.
• Engraved award
• AGU Conferred Fellow (if honoree is not already an AGU Fellow, and has been an AGU member for three consecutive years at the time of their award, with exceptions allowed in cases of financial hardship.)
• Recognition in Eos
• Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
• Two complimentary tickets to the Honors Banquet at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
- Scope of Impact (quantity): number and diversity of people or communities impacted
- Duration of Impact or Effort (time)
- Level of Impact (quality)
- Level of engagement or involvement across Earth and Space community
- Extent of reach in society beyond Earth and Space community (who noticed it, whom did it engage)
- Was the effort pioneering?
- Ethical risk taking for common good
- Multidisciplinary impact (crossing disciplinary boundaries or encompassing many disciplines within or outside of Earth and space science)
- Aligned with AGU strategic goals and envisioned future
Career level: All (early career, middle career, and senior scientist)
Nominator eligibility: (NEW) Active AGU membership is required
Nominee eligibility: (NEW) Active AGU membership is not required
Conferred Fellowship: This is granted to the honoree if they have been an AGU member for three consecutive years at the time of their award, with exceptions allowed in cases of financial hardship (determined through established AGU definition).
Section/Focus Group: All (interdisciplinary)
Nomination Process & Requirements
1. Eligible Nominee: (NEW) Active AGU membership is not required.
2. Eligible Nominator: (NEW) Active AGU membership is required.
3. Eligible Supporters. Active AGU membership not required
4. Ineligible Nominees. The following individuals and/or groups are not eligible to be candidates for the Ambassador Award during their terms of service:
- AGU President;
- AGU President-elect;
- Council Leadership Team members;
- Honors and Recognition Committee members;
- Ambassador Award Committee members; and
- All full-time AGU staff
5. Relationship to a Ambassador Award 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 Ambassador Award 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.
The following offices and relationships are nomination disqualifiers for the Ambassador Award:
- AGU President, President – elect, Honors and Recognition Committee, Council Leadership Team, and AGU staff cannot nominate or write supporting letters for candidates.
- Nominator/supporter(s) for this medal should not be on the Ambassador Award selection committee.
- Family member, spouse or partner.
- Mentor – Mentee relationships established during graduate studies or postdoc fellowships:
- 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.
- Termination of a relationship is defined as follows: (1) nominee is no longer being paid by supporter; (2) nominee is no longer supported under the same grant or contract
- Chairs and members of the Ambassador Award 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 nominee.
For more details, please review the AGU conflict of interest policy.
6. Additional Conflicts.
- The chair of the Ambassador Award Committee who is a supervisor of the nominee is conflicted from participating in the review and selection process.
- Members of the Ambassador Award 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.
Your nomination package should contain the following files, which should be no more than two (2) pages in length per document:
- 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.;
- 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.
- 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 Ambassador Award.
- 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 Ambassador Award Committee for review. For detailed information on nomination requirements, please view the AGU Union Awards, Medals and Prize frequently asked questions (FAQ) section.
Ambassador Award 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