Innovation Award for Students

Are you a student looking to fund your innovative research in Cryospheric Science?  Consider participating in the Flash Freeze competition at this year’s Fall Meeting!

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 14, 2017. The award is open to all students attending the 2017 Fall Meeting and is given to support and recognize 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 a CV (not to exceed two (2) pages) to the Innovation Award subcommittee chaired by Brooke Medley via email at brooke.c.medley@nasa.gov by November 17, 2017 at midnight US eastern time.

Approximately twenty (20) applicants will be selected for participation in the Flash Freeze competition and will be notified on December 1, 2017. During the competition, 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 but the pitch cannot exceed the two-minute allowance. The Flash Freeze event will be held at the 2017 Fall Meeting Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm in the Hilton Riverside Camp room. It is a requirement that the student must already be attending the 2017 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 innovative research.

Further specific details are listed below, and we look forward to seeing exciting and innovative student-led ideas at this year’s event.

Award Goal and Scope
The Innovation Award for Cryospheric Sciences is granted once a year to students within the Cryosphere Section showing great potential and innovative work within the field. This award is designed to provide the student with resources, in the form of a mini-grant, 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 inter-and trans-disciplinary collaborations, science communication and education, and remote sensing methods.

Eligibility
Student nominees must be an AGU member with the Cryosphere Section listed as their primary or secondary affiliation. Student is defined as 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 two-minute pitch of the idea to the Innovation Award Subcommittee. Props, a poster, or slides can be used during the two-minute oral presentation. Applicants will be judged on their two-minute presentations by 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 period will not be judged. The Cryosphere Section Executive Committee will appoint an Innovation Award Subcommittee, and the Innovation Award Subcommittee will use AGU conflicts 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-grant associated with the Innovation Award.

Requirements and Deadlines
The nomination package for the 2017 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. Of the nomination packages received, approximately 20 will be invited to present at the Flash Freeze Competition. Each student will be judged solely on the 2-minute presentation and not on the nomination package.

Each nomination package should include the following and is due to the Innovation Award subcommittee on November 17, 2017 by midnight eastern time:

  • One (1) letter of intent from the Student nominee to participate in the Cryosphere Innovation Award for Student Competition – preferably on letterhead with the author’s signature – including a description from the student on 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 December 1, 2017. If selected for the Flash Freeze event the Student will be required to present on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the 2017 Fall Meeting:

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

Props, a poster, or slides can be used during the two-minute oral presentation. Applicants will be judged on their 2-minute presentations by 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 period will not be judged.

By submitting a nomination for a section/focus group award and/or lecture, the nominator has read and will fully comply with the AGU Conflict of Interest Policy terms as it relates to the nominee, nominator, and all supporters – special exceptions apply to Ph.D. (or highest degree) and early career awards.

2016 winners:
Mike MacFerrin, Sasha Leidman, Jim Coll, Jakob Steiner, Denis Felikson, and Chris Marsh

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