Awards & Honors

Nominations for AGU and Biogeosciences Section recognition opened as of Jan 15 2017: 

We are pleased to see the visibility of our Biogeosciences Section honorees at the Union level and would like to showcase excellence across the diversity of our members. Here are some useful tips for writing standout nominations and some myths and facts about the nomination process compiled by a workshop panel at the 2014 Fall Meeting. If you have any questions about the nomination process, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The Biogeosciences section has established an award and a named lecture which recognize scientists in various stages of their careers. Details about each honor are provided below.

Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring

The Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring is given annually to one mid-career female scientist (no more than 15 years post-degree) for significant contributions as a role model and mentor for the next generation of biogeoscientists. This award is to honor Elizabeth Sulzman, an isotope biogeochemist and soil scientist whose enthusiasm for teaching awed many undergraduates at Oregon State University.

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 Biogeosciences section luncheon at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year

Nomination Criteria: Click Here

Questions? Please contact the Award Committee Chair: Ruth Varner
DEADLINE: 15 April 2017

Past Honorees:

Sagan Lecture

The Carl Sagan Lecture honors the life and work of astronomer and astrophysicist, Carl Sagan. Trained in astronomy and biology, Sagan was a leader in establishing the field of Astrobiology and a tireless educator, author and space advocate.

This named lecture, co-sponsored by the Planetary Sciences and Biogeosciences sections, is presented annually at the AGU Fall Meeting. In even-numbered years, the Sagan Lecture is hosted by the Biogeosciences section; and in odd-numbered years, it is hosted by the Planetary Sciences section.

The Sagan Lecture is webcast and made available as an archived presentation on the AGU website.

The Sagan Lecture is invitation only- nominations are not accepted, but recommendations are welcomed by section leadership.

LECTURE INCLUDES:
• Lecture certificate
• Announcement in Eos
• Invitation to present the Sagan Lecture at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year
• Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year
• Complimentary ticket to the hosting section’s ticketed event at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year

The William S. and Carelyn Y. Reeburgh AGU Lecture

The goal of the William S. and Carelyn Y. Reeburgh Lecture is to recognize a prominent scientist who is making an impact in the fields of Biogeosciences or Ocean Sciences with novel field or laboratory measurements and to create opportunities for AGU members to interact with well-known and accomplished scientists and peers by sponsoring an annual lecture at the AGU Fall Meeting, alternating between the Biogeosciences and Ocean Sciences sections.

AGU has been William S. Reeburgh’s primary professional affiliation since 1968.  Reeburgh was active in the OS and AS sections until the B section was formed.  He served as editor of Global Biogeochemical Cycles for 6 years (1998-2004), and was President-Elect and President of the Biogeosciences section (7/04-7/08).  He is an AGU Fellow (2001).

The Reeburgh Lecture will be presented annually as part of the AGU Fall Meeting. In odd numbered years (2015, 2017, etc.) the lecture will be presented as part of AGU’s Biogeosciences Section’s programming and will concentrate on the topic of global biochemistry. The lecturer will be invited to attend the Biogeosciences Section reception and the Fund will act as a sponsor of the event.

In odd-numbered years (2015, 2017, etc.) the lecture will be presented as part of AGU’s Ocean Sciences Section’s programming and will concentrate on the topic of marine geochemistry. The lecturer will be invited to attend the Ocean Sciences Section reception and the Fund will act as a sponsor of the event.

The first lecture was presented at the 2015 Fall Meeting as part of the Biogeosciences Section’s programming.

Nomination criteria

LECTURE INCLUDES:

  • Lecture Certificate
  • Announcement in EOS
  • AGU Fall Meeting Travel Reimbursement (2 nights hotel stay, AGU Meeting Registration, and airfare)
  • Invitation to present the Reeburgh Lecture at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year
  • Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year
  • Complimentary ticket to the Biogeosciences Section luncheon/reception at the AGU Fall Meeting during the 2017 lecture presentation year

This Lecture will again be open for Biogeosciences nominations in 2017.

Past awardees:

Gary King, 2015 (BGS). “ Extreme Halophiles and Carbon Monoxide: Looking Through Windows at Earth’s Past and Towards a Future on Mars

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