Waldo E. Smith Award

Basic Information

Criteria

Nomination Process & Requirements

Submission

Smith Award Committee

Recipients


Nominations for the Smith Award will open on 15 January 2020.

The Waldo E. Smith Award is given in even-numbered years to one honoree in recognition for “extraordinary service to geophysics.”

The Smith Award was originally established in 1982 as the Waldo E. Smith Medal, named in honor of Waldo E. Smith, whose dutiful efforts and service developed AGU into a vibrant, growing organization. In June 2012, the Council agreed to the Honors & Recognition Committee’s recommendation to reclassify the Waldo E. Smith Medal to a Union Award following the approved Union-wide criteria between a medal and an award.

This award honors individuals who have played unique leadership roles in such diverse areas as scientific associations, education, legislation, research, public understanding of science, management, and philanthropy, and whose accomplishments have greatly strengthened and helped advance the geophysical sciences.

Waldo Smith Biography

AWARD INCLUDES:
• Engraved 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

Criteria


Unique leadership roles in such diverse areas as scientific associations, education, legislation, research, public understanding of science, management and philanthropy, and whose accomplishments have greatly strengthened and helped advance the geophysical sciences. It is a lifetime achievement award.

Career level: Senior Scientist

AGU Section Affiliation(s): Open to all

Nomination Process & Requirements


Nomination Eligibility:

Nominees:

Nominators:

  • 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.

Supporters:

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 contributions that best support their nomination for the Smith 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 2020
Nominations close: 15 March 2020

Nominations for the Smith 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 Smith 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 agu_unionhonors@agu.org.