William Kaula Award

Basic Information


Nomination Process & Requirements


Kaula Award Committee


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

The William Kaula Award is given in even-numbered years to one honoree in recognition for “unselfish service to the scientific community through extraordinary dedication to, and exceptional efforts on behalf of the Union’s publications program.”

Established in 2003, the Kaula Award is named in honor of William Kaula, who gave unstintingly of his talents and energies to AGU publications. He served as Editor of Reviews of Geophysics and JGR-Solid Earth, led the development of a number of policies and practices during his service on the Publications Committee, was a mentor to more junior scientists serving as journal Associate Editors and Editors, and pressed always for higher standards for AGU journals.

• $1,000 monetary award
• Engraved Bulova clock
• 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


Candidate must have made a significant contribution to advancing AGU publications.

AGU Section Affiliation(s): Open to all

Nomination Process & Requirements

Nomination Eligibility:



  • 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. 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

Nominations open: 15 January 2020
Nominations close: 15 March 2020

Nominations for the Kaula 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 Kaula 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.