Space Physics and Aeronomy Richard Carrington Education and Public Outreach (SPARC) Award

Basic Information

The Space Physics and Aeronomy Richard Carrington (SPARC) Education and Public Outreach Award is given annually to one honoree in recognition of significant and outstanding impact on students’ and the public’s understanding of our science through their education and/or outreach activities – exhibiting an effort that goes well beyond their particular job title.

The award is named in honor of Richard Carrington, an English amateur astronomer who, in 1859, was the first person to observe a large solar flare which caused a significant geomagnetic storm that was detected at Earth. This event was the first ever recorded space weather storm and is referred to as the “Carrington Event.”

CITATION/SCOPE STATEMENT

For significant and outstanding impact on students’ and the public’s understanding of our science through their education and/or outreach activities.

AWARD INCLUDES

  • $1,000.00 monetary prize
  • Award certificate
  • Announcement in Eos
  • Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • Complimentary ticket to the Space Physics and Aeronomy section dinner at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year

FREQUENCY: Presented annually

CAREER LEVEL: Senior Scientist