Nomination Process & Requirements
Established in 1995, the Excellence in Geophysical Education Award (EGEA) is presented annually “to acknowledge a sustained commitment to excellence in geophysical education by a team, individual, or group.” Examples are educators who have had a major impact on geophysical education at any level (kindergarten through postgraduate), who have been outstanding teachers and trainers for a number of years, or who have made a long-lasting, positive impact on geophysical education through professional service. Robert D. Ballard was the first recipient of this award.
In March 2017, the Council Leadership Team approved the proposed name change of the award to the Excellence in Earth and Space Science Education Award.
• 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
- Sustained impact on Earth and space science education
- Breadth of impact on Earth and space science education
- Integration of research and Earth and space science education
- Ability to influence scientists and other stakeholders with regard to Earth and space science education
- Mentoring students and early career researchers
- Commitment to broadening participation among members of underrepresented groups
- Strength of recommendations
Career level: Middle Career and Senior Scientist
Nominee eligibility: (1) Active AGU membership is not required and and (2) nominee can be an individual, team, or group
Nominator eligibility: Active AGU membership is required.
Conferred Fellowship: N/A
Section/Focus Group: All (interdisciplinary)
Nomination Process & Requirements
1. Eligible Nominee.
- Active AGU membership is not required.
- Nominee can be an individual, team, or group
2. Eligible Nominator. 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 Education Award during their terms of service:
- AGU President;
- AGU President-elect;
- Council Leadership Team members;
- Honors and Recognition Committee members;
- Excellence in Geophysical Education Committee members; and
- All full-time AGU staff
5. Relationship to an Education 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 Education 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 Education 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 Education 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 Education 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 Education Award Committee who is a supervisor of the nominee is conflicted from participating in the review and selection process.
- Members of the Education 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.
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 Education Award Committee for review. For detailed information on nomination requirements, please view the AGU Union Awards, Medals and Prize frequently asked questions (FAQ) section.
Education 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