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Welcome to the Union Medals, Awards, and Prizes submission and review site!

AGU utilizes a two-step nomination and review process to enhance the accessibility and equity of the Union medals, awards, and prizes. 

  • The second round of the 2024 Nomination cycle will run from 8 May to 3 June at 23:59 EDT (unless otherwise communicated)
  • All required information must be submitted through the online submission platform
    • Late/incomplete nominations will not be accepted
    • Materials sent outside of the submission platform will not be accepted
  • We recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to access the online nomination platform.

To submit the materials, click on NEEDS ATTENTION or INCOMPLETE, in the left-column navigation bar to access your nomination.

If you have questions or if you encounter technical issues with the submission platform, please contact us at honors@agu.org.  

Nomination Process for the Second-Round: 

Second-round nomination materials should be submitted as unencrypted, watermark-free PDFs through the nomination portal. A complete round-two nomination package consists of the following items (note that letterhead is preferred):

  1. Nomination letter 
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Selected bibliography (if applicable)
  4. 3 supporters to complete a recommendation form for the candidate
    • Nominators will task three supporters to fill out a recommendation form for the nominee via the online platform. The recommendation form will have a series of questions that the supporter will need to answer regarding how the nominee aligns with the award criteria and AGU values.

Requesting Supporters:

As a reminder, AGU no longer requires letters of support. Each nomination must be supported by three individuals who will complete a recommendation form (questionnaire) outlining how the nominee’s work aligns with the award criteria and AGU values. To initiate this process, please navigate to the Supporter tab on the nomination form and input their name and email address. This action will prompt an email notification to them, granting access to the questionnaire.

Once the supporters have submitted their responses to the questions, you will receive a notification confirming their submissions. You will have an opportunity to review what they provided before finalizing and submitting the nomination.

Please note that you won’t be able to submit the nomination until all materials, including completed recommendation forms from all three supporters, are provided. Your nomination will only be considered complete once all supporters have submitted their recommendation forms.


  • The second round of the nomination and review process is not anonymized.
  • The selection committees will use a standard rubric to evaluate the candidates based on the following: 
    • Relevance to the opportunity (award criteria): 40%
    • Alignment with AGU values: 40%
    • Strength of the nomination package: 20%