Nominations Requirements for Union Medals, Fellows, Awards and Prizes

Membership Eligibility

Union Medals

Name Career Stage Acceptable Nominators Acceptable Nominees
Charles A. Whitten Medal Senior Scientist Open to the public Active AGU member
Harry H. Hess Medal Senior Scientist Open to the public Active AGU member
Inge Lehmann Medal Senior Scientist Open to the public Active AGU member
James B. Macelwane Medal Early Career Open to the public Active AGU members, and no more than 10 years beyond receiving their Ph.D. or highest equivalent terminal degree achieved on 1 January of the year of presentation.
John Adam Fleming Medal Senior Scientist Open to the public Active AGU member
Maurice Ewing Medal Senior Scientist Open to the public Active AGU member
Robert E. Horton Medal Senior Scientist Open to the public Active AGU member
Roger Revelle Medal Senior Scientist Open to the public Active AGU member
Walter H. Bucher Medal Senior Scientist Open to the public Active AGU member
William Bowie Medal Senior Scientist Open to the public Active AGU member

Fellows

Name Career Stage Acceptable Nominators Acceptable Nominees
Union Fellows Middle Career, Senior Scientist Active AGU Members Active AGU members for the previous 3 years

Union Awards

Name Career Stage Acceptable Nominators Acceptable Nominees
Ambassador Award Early Career, Middle Career, Senior Scientist Open to the public Active AGU member
Athelstan Spilhaus Award Early Career, Middle Career, Senior Scientist Open to the public Active AGU member for the previous 2 years
Charles S. Falkenberg Award Early Career, Middle Career Open to the public Any individual scientist less than 45 years of age
David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism-News Open to self-nominators and the public Open to journalists working in any medium, except books
Edward A. Flinn III Award Middle Career, Senior Scientist Active AGU members Any individual or small group
Excellence in Geophysical Education Award Middle Career, Senior Scientist Active AGU member Open to the public
International Award Middle Career, Senior Scientist Active AGU member Open to the public
Robert C. Cowen Award for Sustained Achievement in Science Journalism Active AGU member Open to science journalists
Science for Solutions Award Student, PostDoc Open to the public Active AGU member who is a current student or postdoctoral scientist (within three years since receiving their Ph.D.), and a member of any AGU Section or Focus Group.
Waldo E. Smith Award Senior Scientist Open to the public Active AGU member
Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism-Features Open to self-nominators and the public Open to journalists working in any medium, except books

Union Prizes

Name Career Stage Acceptable Nominators Acceptable Nominees
Climate Communication Prize Early Career, Middle Career, Senior Scientist Open to the public Active AGU member-scientist
The Asahiko Taira International Scientific Ocean Drilling Research Prize Early Career, Middle Career Open to the public Open to the public

Nomination Eligibility

For details, please review the AGU Conflict of Interest Policy.

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;
  2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae;
  3. Nominee’s selected bibliography with a brief introductory summary with brief introductory summary (i.e., no more than one paragraph);
  4. A required total of three (3) letters of support (total does not include nomination letter). Please refer to the AGU Conflict of Interest Policy prior to selecting supporters.
*Please note that the Education, International and Spilhaus awards do not require a selected bibliography as part of the nomination process. Only complete packages will be forwarded to their respective selection committees for review. For detailed information on nomination requirements, please view the AGU Union Awards, Medals, and Prize frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Nomination Submission

Union Awards, Medals, and Prize nominations can be submitted by using the online submission system. If a nomination package requires revising, please send us the revised document(s) electronically, in either .pdf or .doc format to the Honors Program: agu_unionhonors@agu.org.