Early Career Awards


The Atmospheric and Space Electricity Early Career Award recognizes significant contributions to atmospheric and space electricity science within 10 years of receiving the Ph.D. or highest equivalent terminal degree. Notable contributions can include, for example, the awardee’s high research impact, innovative interdisciplinary work, educational accomplishments (teaching, mentoring, and course development), positive societal impact, or other relevant contributions. This Award also serves to acknowledge that the awardee shows exceptional promise for sustained contributions and continued leadership in atmospheric and space electricity.

Nomination Process & Requirements

The nomination process is similar to that of the AGU Fellow process, although fewer letters of support are required.


  • Active AGU membership
  • Primary or secondary affiliation with ASE section
  • Within 10 years of receiving Ph.D. or highest equivalent terminal degree as of the beginning of the year nominated (exceptions due to unusual circumstances will be considered)

Nomination package details

  • Nomination letter by nominee’s colleague (preferably on letterhead with the author’s signature; not to exceed two pages)
  • At least 1 but not more than 3 letters of support from additional colleagues (not to exceed two pages each)
  • Curriculum Vitae of nominee
  • Selected bibliography for the nominee, stating total number and types of publications, including number published in AGU journals (not to exceed two pages)

We suggest that the nominator give details about the nominee’s significant early career contributions to atmospheric and space electricity through a combination of research, education, and/or outreach activities for the benefit of science, colleagues, and society at large. In addition, diverse letters of support are encouraged (i.e., individuals not currently or recently associated with the candidate’s institution of graduate education or employment).

Award Selection Criteria

  • Scientific excellence: The candidate’s body of work over his or her early career should be excellent, in terms of the number and high quality of lead-authored and co-authored publications that have resulted, as well as the novel and independently gained insights into atmospheric and space electricity.
  • Scientific impact: The candidate’s work should have already made a significant impact on the knowledge base of atmospheric and space electricity and to its growth, through influencing the current and future research. Impact can be measured in terms of citations, and in terms of the students and colleagues the candidate has trained, mentored, and collaborated with in his or her career to date. The candidate should also exhibit high potential, through current involvement in research projects, to continue making significant advances in the knowledge base.
  • Broader impact: The candidate should have made educational and service contributions both within and beyond the field of atmospheric and space electricity. The candidate should have notable accomplishments, such as exemplary teaching or service to the public, that broadens the interest and awareness of atmospheric and space electricity topics beyond the scientific literature.
  • Leadership: The candidate should exhibit, through a record of activities, both leadership accomplishments and positive qualities that show leadership potential within the field of atmospheric and space electricity.

Award details

  • Award plaque and certificate
  • Waiver for the Fall Meeting registration fee
  • Opportunity to give an oral presentation in an appropriate ASE session at the fall meeting
  • Formal presentation of the award will occur at the ASE Section Business Meeting and Reception

Submit Nominations

Please direct any questions to Maribeth Stolzenburg or Timothy Lang.

Past Winners

  • 2020, Keri Nicoll
  • 2018, Eric Bruning

Eric Bruning receiving an award from ASE President Tim Lang

2018 winner Eric Bruning (left) receiving his ASE Early-Career award from ASE president Tim Lang (right) at the 2018 Fall Meeting ASE business meeting. (Photo credit: Scott Rudlosky)