Awards

SPA Section Awards & Honors

Bowie Lectureships

The AGU Bowie Medal recognizes outstanding contributions to fundamental geophysics and unselfish cooperation in research.

Three Bowie Lectureships are awarded within the Space Physics and Aeronomy Section:
- M. Nicolet (Aeronomy - since 1990)
- J. Van Allen (Magnospheric physics - since 2016), and
- E. Parker (Solar and Heliophysics - since 1990). 
 

These lectures also recognize outstanding contributions and unselfish cooperation in the three SPA main areas. The lectures honor the Lecturer, portray significant achievements within the sub discipline and outline the future prospects of the field in a manner accessible to all scientists within the SPA Section. More »

Marcel Nicolet Lecture (Aeronomy)

One of the three Bowie Lectureships in the Space Physics and Aeronomy Section is named in honor of Professor Marcel Nicolet, a pioneer in aeronomy. The Nicolet Lecture recognizes scientists who have made significant contributions to the field of Aeronomy. More »











  • M. Nicolet – Spring 1990
  • P. Banks – Fall 1991
  • T. Donahue – Spring 1993
  • H. Rishbeth – Spring 1995
  • R. Roble – Fall 1996
  • A. Nagy – Spring 1998
  • C. Barth – Fall 1999
  • G. Reid – Spring 2001
  • B. Schunk – Fall 2002
  • J. Forbes – Fall 2004
  • R. Heelis – Spring 2006
  • R. Meier – Fall 2007
  • A. Richmond – Spring 2009
  • M. Kelley – 2011
  • R. Greenwald – 2013
  • M. Hagan – 2014
  • T. Cravens – 2016
  • J. Huba – 2017
  • C. Randall - 2019

James Van Allen Lecture (Magnetospheric Physics)

The Van Allen Lecture recognizes scientists who have made significant contributions to the field of Magnetospheric Physics. This lectureship is named in honor of Professor James Van Allen, a pioneer in magnetospheric physics. The Van Allen Lecture is also a part of the Bowie Lecture Series, which was inaugurated in 1989 to commemorate the 50th presentation of the William Bowie medal, which is AGU’s highest honor and named for its first president. Van Allen is a past recipient of the William Bowie medal. More »

  • J. Van Allen – Fall 1989
  • G. L. Siscoe – Spring 1991
  • C. F. Kennel – Fall 1992
  • S. W. H. Cowley – Spring 1994
  • G. Haerendel – Fall 1995
  • D. Gurnett – Spring 1997
  • M. G. Kivelson – Fall 1998
  • A. Nishida – Spring 2000
  • J. Burch – Fall 2001
  • G. Paschmann – Fall 2003
  • L. Lanzerotti – Spring 2005
  • M. Hudson – Fall 2006
  • V. Vasyliunas – Fall 2008
  • B. Sonnerup – Fall 2010
  • D. Baker – 2012
  • S. Krimigis – 2014
  • M. Thomsen – 2015
  • T. Gombosi – 2017

Eugene Parker Lecture (Solar and Heliospheric Physics)

The Parker Lecture recognizes scientists who have made significant contributions to the field of Solar and Heliospheric Physics. This lectureship is named in honor of Professor Eugene Parker, a pioneer in solar and heliospheric physics. More »

  • E. N. Parker – Fall 1990
  • J. Simpson – Spring 1992
  • E. Stone – Fall 1993
  • A. Hundhausen – Fall 1994
  • J. Leibacher – Spring 1996
  • M. Neugebauer – Fall 1997
  • L. Fisk – Spring 1999
  • I. Axford – Fall 2000
  • B. Lin – Spring 2002
  • J. Gosling – Spring 2004
  • R. Jokipii – Fall 2005
  • E. Smith – Spring 2007
  • M. Lee – Spring 2008
  • L. Burlaga – Fall 2009
  • J. Luhmann – 2012
  • N. Crooker – 2013
  • P. Scherrer – 2015
  • T. Woods – 2016
  • M. Ann Shea - 2019 

The Fred L. Scarf Award

The Space Physics and Aeronomy Section presents this award annually to a recent recipient of a Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) for outstanding dissertation research that contributes directly to solar-planetary science. More »


  • M. Chen – 1991
  • M. Zhang – 1992
  • V. Angelopoulos – 1993
  • Yu. Taranenko – 1994
  • No award 1995
  • No award 1996
  • G. Delory – 1997
  • J. A. Valdivia – 1998
  • D. Lario – 1999
  • M. G. Linton – 2000
  • K. Seki – 2001
  • E. L. Kepko – 2002
  • M. E. Hill – 2003
  • D. L. Murr – 2004
  • J. Burchill – 2005
  • J. Dombeck – 2006
  • Y. Ma – 2007
  • P. Cassak – 2008
  • C. Cully – 2008
  • L. Jian – 2009
  • S. Zou – 2010
  • A. Munoz-Jaramillo – 2011
  • L. Chen – 2012
  • S. Dorfman – 2013
  • J. Qin – 2014
  • M. Mayyasi-Matta – 2015
  • K. L. Yeo – 2016
  • H. Zhao - 2017
  • A. Higginson - 2018
  • T. Z. Liu - 2019

Sunanda and Santimay Basu Early Career Award in Sun-Earth Systems Science

This award is presented annually to an early career scientist (within seven years of the Ph.D. or highest equivalent terminal degree) from a developing nation in recognition of outstanding contributions to research in Sun-Earth Systems Science that further the understanding of both plasma physical processes and their applications for the benefit of society. More »

  • Y. Chen – 2008 (China) 
  • S. Sripath – 2009 (India)
  • K. Huang – 2010 (China)
  • H. Wang ♀ – 2011 (China)
  • M. Milla – 2012 (Peru)
  • X. Cheng – 2013 (China)
  • J. Bosco Habarulema – 2014 (South Africa)
  • C. Jiang – 2015 (China)
  • J. Olwendo – 2016 (Kenya)
  • Q. Shi - 2017 (China)
  • Z. T. Katamzi-Joseph ♀ - 2018 (South Africa)
  • A. Kumar Maurya - 2019 (India)

Basu United States Early Career Award in Sun-Earth Systems Science

This award is presented annually to an early career scientist (no more than three years post degree) from the United States in recognition of outstanding contributions to research in Sun-Earth Systems Science that further the understanding of both plasma physical processes and their applications for the benefit of society. More »

  • S. Dorfman – 2013
  • R. Evans ♀ – 2014
  • T. M. Duly – 2015
  • C. Komar – 2016
  • L. W. Blum ♀ - 2017
  • J. Stawarz ♀ - 2018
  • E. G. Thomas - 2019

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

This award is given annually to a single honoree for significant and outstanding impact on students’ and the public’s understanding of SPA science through their education and/or outreach activities–exhibiting an effort that goes well beyond their particular job. More »

  • P. Reiff ♀ – 2012/2013
  • C. Morrow ♀ – 2013
  • D. Scherrer ♀ – 2014
  • C. R. Chappell – 2015
  • R. Lopez – 2016
  • S. Close ♀ - 2017
  • P. Doherty ♀ - 2018
  • N. Gopalswamy - 2019

Space Weather and Nonlinear Waves and Processes Prize

Joint Prize: Nonlinear Geophysics and Space Physics and Aeronomy Sections

This award is given in odd-numbered years to a single honoree, likely in the mid to advanced career range, in recognition of cutting-edge work in the fields of space weather and nonlinear waves and processes. More »

  • T. I. Gombosi - 2013
  • G. Lakhina – 2015
  • W. Gonzalez - 2017
  • R. Bruno - 2018
  • M. Hesse - 2019

Edmond M. Dewan Scholarship

Joint Student Grant: Atmospheric Sciences and Space Physics and Aeronomy Sections

The Dr. Edmond M. Dewan Young Scientist Scholarship for Atmospheric Sciences and Space Physics encourages graduate students working on problems in the areas of atmospheric science and space physics. More »

 

  • L. Heuscher ♀ - 2018
  • N. Aseev - 2019

Carl “Max” Hammond Student Award

This award is given annually to the SPA student with the highest ranked application in the AGU-wide student travel grant competition, which is based on their research abstract, CV, likelihood of deriving professional and personal benefit from attending the Fall meeting, and diversity considerations.

  • A. Lawless – 2013
  • W. Nuntiyakul – 2014
  • B. Olugbon – 2015
  • N. Kalmoni – 2016

Frank McDonald Student Award

This award is given annually to the SPA student from or studying within the U.S. who has the highest ranked application in the AGU-wide student travel grant competition, which is based on their research abstract, CV, likelihood of deriving professional and personal benefit from attending the Fall meeting, and diversity considerations. It is awarded to the next highest eligible candidate if the Hammond Award winner is also from or studying within the U.S.

  • B. Humberset – 2013
  • J. Zink – 2014
  • B. Douglas – 2015
  • A. Wold – 2016

Outstanding Student Presentation Awards

This student award is given for an outstanding talk or poster at the Fall AGU meeting. Selection is based largely on the presentation of the research rather than the research itself. More »


2009
  • C. T. Fallen
  • D. J. Rodgers
  • D. M. Pahud
  • E. Gemelos
  • E. S. Miller
  • E. Chane
  • J. Yue
  • L. C. Ray
  • R. Bala
  • S. I. Jones
  • V. Ontiveros

2010
  • A. Crew
  • A. Soenen
  • B. Yang
  • C. Downs
  • D. Subbotin
  • E. Everett
  • E. Nossa
  • F. Guo
  • G. Perry
  • H. Kriegel
  • H. J. Connor
  • I. Diaz
  • J. Tao
  • M. F. Vogt
  • M. Hartinger
  • R. Hock
  • R. Fermo
  • R. Y de La Cruz Cueva
  • R. Livi
  • R. Gamble
  • T. Bowling
  • Y. Tsuji


2011
  • B. A Maruca
  • D. Gershman
  • D. Subbotin
  • H. Hietala
  • H. Aveiro
  • J. Kissinger
  • J. Yoo
  • M. Weber
  • M. Broughton
  • M. Hartinger
  • R. Varney
  • S. Curry
  • W. Tu
  • X. Liu
2012
  • H.-J. Kwon
  • J. Ream
  • K. Graf
  • L. Blum
  • L. Glesener
  • M. Battarbee
  • M. Archer
2013
  • A. Boyd
  • C. Myers
  • J. Shuster
  • M. de Soria-Santacruz Pich
  • M. Weberg
  • N. Stray (Kleinknecht)
  • R. Dewey
  • X. Liu
2014
  • A. Carlton
  • B. Gallardo-Lacourt
  • C. Yue
  • K. Venkataramani
  • L. Terry
  • L. Sarno-Smith
  • N. Hindley
  • O. Hartkorn
  • P. Whittlesey
  • P. Tracy

2015
  • A. March
  • A. Saikin
  • C. Nabert
  • H. Liang
  • H. Zhao
  • P. Tracy
  • P. Swaczyna
  • P. Abadi
  • R. McGranaghan
  • V. Nguyen

2016 
  • A. Suresh
  • A. Marsh
  • J. Broll
  • K. Goodrich
  • K. Wood
  • N. Janitzek
  • S. Schonfeld
  • S. de Pascuale
  • T. Liu
  • T. Mixa

2017 
  • A. Sorba
  • E. Avallone
  • E. Lichko
  • H. Allison
  • K. Kumari
  • L. Hayes
  • M. Higginson-Rollins
  • P. Hinton
  • Ryan Dewey
  • S. Mohanty
  • V. Pinto

2018
  • A. Wold
  • A. N. Glass
  • B. Alterman
  • C. Kelly
  • C. Rathod
  • C. C. J. H. Salinas
  • I. Zhelavskaya
  • L. Capannolo
  • P. Heuer
  • S. Wharton
  • V. Bernstein