Charles S. Falkenberg Award

Basic Information


Nomination Process & Requirements


Falkenberg Award Committee


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

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 award
  • Engraved award
  • 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
  • Recognition in Eos


  • 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.

AGU Section Affiliation(s): Open to all

Nomination Process & Requirements

Nomination Eligibility:


  • 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.
  • Compliance with AGU Conflict of Interest Policy.


  • 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. Nominee’s selected bibliography. The list should encompass the candidate’s overall research and scientific contribution that best support their nomination for the Falkenberg Award.
  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.

    Submission Process

    Nomination Submissions

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

    Nominations for the Falkenberg 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 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. For additional questions, contact the Honors Team at