Joanne Simpson Medal for Mid-Career Scientists

Basic Information


Nomination Process & Requirements



Nominations for the Joanne Simpson Medal are open.
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The Joanne Simpson Medal is given annually to two or up to three honorees in recognition of “significant contributions to the Earth and space sciences by an outstanding mid-career scientist.

Established in 2017, this medal is named in honor of Joanne Simpson to recognize exceptional mid-career scientists who have made transformative scientific advances or breakthrough in the Earth and space sciences, have demonstrated strong leadership, and provided outstanding service to science and society.


  • Engraved medal
  • AGU Conferred Fellow (if honoree is not already an AGU Fellow, and if they have been an AGU member for three consecutive years at the time of their award, with exceptions allowed in cases of financial hardship.) 
  • Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • Four complimentary hotel nights 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


  • Scientific excellence: the scientific contributions of the candidate’s body of work through the introduction of new ideas and data collection efforts and/or development of new analytical methods and/or approaches for synthesis across the Earth and space sciences, the publications that have resulted, as well as insights gained.
  • Scientific impact: how the candidate’s work has made a significant impact on his/her field overall, and/or to its growth, through influencing current and future research—articulate these contributions and their importance in a way that can be understood by peers and those outside their research field
  • Broader impact: evaluate who has benefitted from the work, and the candidate’s recognitions and notable service to his/her field, aligning these with the vision/mission of the Union;
  • Reputation and leadership: : the candidate’s service, collaboration and leadership that have immeasurably aided the work of science organizations, government agencies, institutional (including academic) and grass-roots level committees.


Nomination Process & Requirements

Nomination Eligibility:


  • AGU membership is not required.
  • Nominee must be within 20 years of receiving their Ph.D. or highest equivalent terminal degree achieved on 1 January of the year of presentation. Exceptions to the 20 year requirement due to unusual circumstances can be considered on a case basis by the current Joanne Simpson Medal Committee.
  • 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. Briefly state the total number and types of publications and specify 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 Joanne Simpson Medal.

  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 Joanne Simpson Medal 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  Joanne Simpson Medal 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