Athelstan Spilhaus Award

Basic Information


Nomination Process & Requirements


Spilhaus Award Committee


Nominations for the Spilhaus Award are open. Submit a Nomination »

The Athelstan Spilhaus Award is given annually to one honoree in recognition of their “enhancement of the public engagement with Earth and space sciences,” through devoting portions of their career conveying to the general public the excitement, significance, and beauty of the Earth and space sciences.

Established in 2003, this award is named in honor of geophysicist and meteorologist Athelstan F. Spilhaus Sr. who enthusiastically made innovative contributions to science, education, and public service. He was a scientist, inventor, innovator, cartoonist, and leader in the geosciences community. His outreach to the general public included an informative science center at the 1961 Seattle World’s Fari and “Our New Age,” and a long-running science cartoon in some 100 Sunday newspapers throughout the US.

• Engraved crystal award
• 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


Demonstrated commitment and effectiveness of conveying to the general public the excitement, significance and beauty of the Earth and space sciences through outreach activities that include books, TV appearances, lectures and other media.

AGU Section Affiliation(s): Open to all

Nomination Process & Requirements

Nomination Eligibility:



  • Active AGU membership is required.
  • Compliance with AGU Conflict of Interest Policy.
  • Duplicate nominations for one individual will not be accepted. However, one co-nominator is permitted (but not required) per nomination.


Nomination Requirements:

Two or more nomination packages for a single candidate will not be considered. If separate packages are received, the nominators will be asked to combine them.

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. Letterhead stationary is preferred, and should include the nominator’s name, title, institution and contact information. The citation should appear at either the beginning or end of the nomination letter and be no more than 150 characters.
  2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae (CV). Please include all of following information for the candidate: name; mailing and email address; history of employment; degrees; research experience; honors; memberships, and service to the community through committee work, advisory boards, etc.
  3. 3 letters of support (total does not include nomination letter). Letterhead stationary is preferred. Supporter’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.
  4. OPTIONAL: Nominee’s selected bibliography. The list should encompass the candidate’s overall research and scientific contributions that best support their nomination for the Spilhaus Award.
  5. OPTIONAL: Supporting files. Supporting files (books, articles, newspaper articles, speeches, etc…) can include any activities that illustrates the significance of the nominee’s achievements as it pertains to the Spilhaus Award.

Submission Process

Nominations open: 15 January 2019
Nominations close: 15 April 2019

Nominations for the Spilhaus Award must be submitted through the online submission system.

Nomination packages submitted online must be complete at the time of submission. Please note that only complete packages will be forwarded to the Spilhaus Award Committee for review.

For detailed information on nomination requirements, please view the AGU Union Awards, Medals and Prize frequently asked questions (FAQ) section. For additional questions, contact the Honors Team at