Outstanding Student Paper Awards


As part of the OSPA process, ESSI needs two OSPA coordinators. Coordinators help in the lead up to the Fall Meeting, but do not have to attend the Fall Meeting.

Responsibilities as an OSPA Coordinator

  • Manage effort to secure judges for students in ESSI sessions
  • Encourage judges to sign up via email and/or newsletters and/or other communications
  • Assist liaisons in recruiting judges
  • Encourage judges to enter their scores by the deadline
  • Participate in the selection of OSPA winners within ESSI
  • Commit ~1hr/week, from early November through mid-January
  • Each OSPA student presentation needs to be judged. The generous time commitment and constructive feedback is vital for student growth and development. AGU greatly appreciates the time and effort of the OSPA judges.

Responsibilities as an OSPA Judge

  • Register and agree to the honor code. Volunteer judges must be current non-student AGU Members.
  • Sign up for student presentations you wish to evaluate.
  • Evaluate all presentations you volunteered to judge during Fall Meeting.
  • Submit scores, either in real time on a tablet or mobile device, or take notes while you evaluate students and enter the scores online no later than Friday the week of the Fall Meeting at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Previous Winners


AGU Fall Meeting 2022
Luke Cullen, Open-Source Data Pipelines and Statistical Tool for Studying Pre-Seismic and Post-Seismic Disturbances in the Ionosphere and Geomagnetic Field
Thomas Norman, Analysis of Earth Science Dataset Co-Citations using Knowledge Graphs
Yiming Zhang, Mapping of Temporary Roofs in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria Using PlanetScope Data


AGU Fall Meeting 2021
Prachi Ingle, UT Austin: “Creating Open-Source Automated Data Cleaning and Flagging Procedures: Examples from the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper and Land Cover Datasets”
Weiqiang Zhu, Stanford University: “QuakeFlow: A Scalable Deep-learning-based Earthquake Monitoring Workflow with Cloud Computing”
Amanda Joy Camarata, Colorado School of Mines: 
“Classification of Solar Wind Discontinuities Using Supervised Machine Learning”
BehBehzad Vahedi, CU Boulder: “A Comparison of Classic Deep Learning Architectures for Sea Ice Classification From SAR” 


AGU Fall Meeting 2020
Hyeyeon Chang, Korea Adv. Inst. of Sci. & Tech: "Effects of CICERO Receiver Characteristics on the Quality of Radio Occultation Data" 
Brandi Downs, Ohio State University: "Using GNSS Reflectometry Measurements Over the Everglades to Identify Variations in Wetland Inundation Extent Beneath Vegetation
Andong Ma, Texas A&M: "A novel sequential feature-extraction approach for hyperspectral image classification using a recurrent neural network"


AGU Fall Meeting 2019
Bradley Wilson
Elvis Carrillo
Kyle Wallace Reiter
Matthew Grawe
Nicholas Kruskamp


AGU Fall Meeting 2014
Christopher Kadow, Freie Universitaet Berlin (Oral)
Chung-Yi Hou, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Poster)


AGU Fall Meeting 2013
Sarah Ramdeen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Poster)
Kim Whitehall, Howard University (Poster)

2013 Meeting of Americas
Emma Camp Essex University (Oral)