Nomination Process & Requirements
The Charles S. Falkenberg Award is given annually to one honoree in “recognition of an early- to middle-career scientist who has contributed to the quality of life, economic opportunities and stewardship of the planet through the use of Earth science information and to the public awareness of the importance of understanding our planet.”
Established in 2002 and jointly sponsored with the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), the Falkenberg Award is named in honor of Charles S. Falkenberg, whose research focused on enabling practical applications of Earth science through data visualization and information technology.
Trained as a computer scientist, Charles S. Falkenberg “was committed to the clear expression to the public of scientific findings about the environment of the Earth and about the process that achieved those findings.” Falkenberg, his wife Leslie, and their daughters, Zoe and Dana, died in the tragic events of 11 September 2001. In 2002, he was posthumously recognized as the first recipient of this award, which is dedicated to his memory.
• Monetary prize
• 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
- All nominations should clearly demonstrate the key criteria of: Improving the planet and quality of life through using data and increasing awareness of data and understanding of our planet.
- Nomination should detail (itemize) demonstrable current impacts of the nominee’s research as opposed to future possibilities. Evidence of current or past impacts should be provided in the nomination package. This can manifest in recommendation letters that provide details that are verifiable or the nominator can point the committee where such evidence may be found. Details on the scope of impact, including the number/diversity of people or communities impacted should be included.
- If the nominee’s work has been within a group effort, the nominee’s specific contributions should be detailed with supporting evidence.
Career level: Early Career to Middle Career
Nominee eligibility: (1) Active AGU membership is not required. (2) The nominee should be within 15 years of receiving their highest terminal degree or under 45 years of age as of 1 January of the year of presentation.
Nominator eligibility: (NEW) Active AGU membership is required.
Conferred Fellowship: N/A
Section/Focus Group: All (interdisciplinary)
Nomination Process & Requirements
- Active AGU membership is not required.
- A nominee should be within 15 years of receiving their highest terminal degree or under 45 years of age as of 1 January of the year of presentation.
2. Eligible Nominator. (NEW) Active AGU membership is 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 Falkenberg Award during their terms of service:
- AGU President;
- AGU President-elect;
- Council Leadership Team members;
- Honors and Recognition Committee members;
- Falkenberg Award Committee members; and
- All full-time AGU staff
5. Relationship to a Falkenberg 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 Falkenberg 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 Falkenberg 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 Falkenberg 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 Falkenberg 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 Falkenberg Award Committee who is a supervisor of the nominee is conflicted from participating in the review and selection process.
- Members of the Falkenberg 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 Falkenberg 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 Falkenberg Award Committee for review. For detailed information on nomination requirements, please view the AGU Union Awards, Medals and Prize frequently asked questions (FAQ) section.
Falkenberg 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