William Kaula Award

Basic Information


Nomination Process & Requirements


Kaula Award Committee


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.

Frequency: Biennial

Career level: N/A

Nominee eligibility: Active AGU membership is not required

Nominator eligibility: (NEW) Active AGU membership is required

Conferred Fellowship: No

Sections/Focus Groups: All (interdisciplinary)

Nomination Process & Requirements

Nomination Eligibility:

1. Eligible Nominee. Active AGU membership is not required.

2. Eligible Nominator. (NEW) 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 Bucher Medal during their terms of service:

5. Relationship to a Kaula 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 Kaula 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.

Individuals with the following relationships are disqualified from participating in the Kaula Award nomination or committee review process (i.e., nominator, supporter, or committee member):

  • 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. The only exception to this policy is that this restriction does not apply to early career awards from sections and focus groups.
  • Chairs and members of the Kaula 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 particular nominee.

Termination of a relationship is defined as follows:

For more details, please review the AGU conflict of interest policy.

6. Additional Conflicts. Members of the Kaula 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.

Nomination Requirements

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 (i.e., citation should be 150 characters or less). Letterhead stationary is preferred. Nominator’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.;
    2. 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. 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 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.

Submission Process

Nomination Submissions

Kaula 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