Nomination Process & Requirements
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.
Career level: All (early career, middle career and senior scientist)
Nominee eligibility:A nominee must be an active AGU member.
Nominator eligibility: Active AGU membership is not required.
Conferred Fellowship: No
Section/Focus Group: All (interdisciplinary)
Nomination Process & Requirements
1. Eligible Nominee.
- A nominee must have been an active AGU member for each of the 2 years immediately prior to the nomination. Active membership simply refers to the renewal of AGU membership for the past two consecutive years. For example, if a member joined AGU in 2012 and has renewed his or her AGU membership through 2014, he or she is eligible for consideration during the 2014 Athelstan Spilhaus award nomination process.
To verify the year in which a candidate joined AGU or to determine their member status, please view the Membership Directory via the AGU Member eWeb Portal; or contact the Member Services staff at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Spilhaus Award during their terms of service:
- AGU President;
- AGU President-elect;
- Council Leadership Team members;
- Honors and Recognition Committee members;
- Spilhaus Award Committee members; and
- All full-time AGU staff
5. Relationship to a Spilhaus 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 Spilhaus 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 Spilhaus 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 Spilhaus 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 Spilhaus 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 Spilhaus Award Committee who is a supervisor of the nominee is conflicted from participating in the review and selection process.
- Members of the Spilhaus 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.
- 3 letters of support (total does not include nomination letter). Letterhead stationary is preferred. Supporter’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.
- OPTIONAL-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 International Award.
- 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 International Award.
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 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.
Spilhaus 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