Innovation Award for Students

The AGU Cryosphere Section Executive Committee is now accepting applications for the Cryosphere Innovation Award for Students that will be decided in the Flash Freeze competition on Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at the 2016 Fall Meeting. The award is given in recognition of innovative student-led research in the Cryospheric Sciences. Students wishing to participate in this year’s competition will be required to submit a letter of intent (not to exceed one (1) page) and their CV (not to exceed two (2) pages) to the Innovation Award subcommittee chaired by Lora Koenig by email at lora.koenig@colorado.edu by November 16, 2016 at midnight US eastern time.

Approximately twenty (20) students will be selected from those who submit a letter of intent and will be notified on November 30, 2016 to participate in the Flash Freeze competition, where the student will give a two-minute pitch of their innovative idea to a panel of five (5) judges. Slides or props may be used in the pitch but the pitch cannot exceed the 2 minutes’ allowance. The Flash Freeze event will be held at the 2016 Fall Meeting Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at the Marriott Marquis, Salons 12-13. It is a requirement that the student must already be attending the 2016 Fall Meeting to participate. This year it is expected that ~5 awards of $1000 each will be awarded to the student winners from the Flash Freeze event to pursue their innovated research.

Further specific details are listed below. We look forward to seeing the innovation and potential of our students at this year’s event.

Award Goal and Scope
The Innovation Award for Cryospheric Sciences is awarded once a year to students within the Cryosphere section who show great potential and innovative work within the field. This award is designed to provide the students with resources, in the form of mini-grants, to advance their innovation. Innovative projects may include but are not limited to instrument design, model adaptation, field techniques, studies in new geographic regions, studies involving new collaborations including interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations, science communication and education, and remote sensing methods.

Eligibility
Student nominees must be AGU members with Cryosphere section as their primary or secondary affiliation. “Student” is defined as someone currently enrolled in an institution.

Judging Details and Specifics
During the Flash Freeze event, each student competitor will present their idea and will give a 2-minute pitch of the idea to the Innovation Award Subcommittee. Props, a poster, or slides can be used as support for the 2-minute oral presentation. Applicants will be judged on their 2-minute presentations for the creativity of the proposed innovative work, the feasibility of the proposed work, and the persuasiveness of the presentation. Any material presented beyond the 2-minute time frame will not be judged. The Cryosphere Section Executive Committee will appoint an Innovation Award Subcommittee, and the Innovation Award Subcommittee will use AGU Conflict of Interest Policy for award selection. The Innovation Award Subcommittee will convene directly after the Flash Freeze competition and select the winners of the mini-grants associated with the Innovation Award.

Requirements and Deadlines
The nomination package for the 2016 Cryosphere Innovation Award, consisting of a letter of intent and CV, detailed below, is for the sole purpose of identifying the expected number of applicants and down-selecting if needed. From the nomination packages received, approximately 20 students will be invited to present at the Flash Freeze Competition. The final conferment of the award will be based solely on the 2-minute presentation and not on the nomination package.

Nomination packages are due to the Innovation Award subcommittee on 16 November 2016 by midnight EST and should include the following:

  • One (1) letter of intent from the student nominee who wants to participate in the Cryosphere Innovation Award for Students competition—preferably on letterhead with the author’s signature—including a description from the student of how the award money will be used to further their innovative research. This letter should demonstrate that the idea is well thought out and feasible (not to exceed one (1) page).
  • The student’s curriculum vitae (not to exceed two (2) pages).

Selectees for the Flash Freeze event will be notified on 30 November 2016. If selected for the Flash Freeze event, the student will be required to present the following at the 2016 Fall Meeting:

  • One (1) 2-minute oral presentation on their proposed innovative research.

Props, a poster, or slides can be used as support for the 2-minute oral presentation. Applicants will be judged on their 2-minute presentations for the creativity of the proposed innovative work, the feasibility of the proposed work, and the persuasiveness of the presentation. Any material presented beyond the 2-minute time frame will not be judged.

By submitting a nomination for a section/focus group award and/or lecture, nominators verify that they have read and will fully comply with AGU Conflict of Interest Policy terms as these relate to the nominee, nominator, and all supporters—special exceptions apply to Ph.D. (or highest degree) and early career awards.

2015 winners:
Camilo Rada, Aleah Sommers, Mathieu Casado, Nikolas Aksamit, Mia Bennett, and Phillip Harder