GER Early Career Award

The NAGT GER Division Early Career Award is intended to honor early-career colleagues in their first 10 years after completing their dissertation who have made significant contributions to the development of geoscience education research or made significant gains toward increasing the capacity for geoscience education research within our community.

The GER Early Career Award is open to individuals who completed their dissertation within the past 10 years, and is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to GER. Examples of outstanding contributions to GER may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Developing innovative lines of scholarship that carry GER in new directions
  • Investigations that substantially enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the geosciences.
  • Building capacity for GER, including leading capacity-building activities, mentoring a diversity of young scholars, and advocating for or raising awareness of the critical importance of GER in well-rounded geoscience departments and programs.
  • Encouraging and supporting the integration of GER findings into geoscience teaching contexts, including translational scholarship that operationalizes ways in which GER findings can and should inform geoscience teaching in a variety of contexts (formal, informal, university-level, K-12, etc.).

The GER Early Career Awardee will receive a complimentary one-year membership to both NAGT and the GER Division, as well as a ticket to the NAGT luncheon at GSA where the awardee will be recognized. Awardees will also be profiled in the division's newsletter.

The GER Division particularly encourages nominations of BIPOC scholars and individuals from other groups that have been historically marginalized in or excluded from the geosciences. Awardees will be selected by a committee composed of the NAGT-GER Division Past President and Vice President, and 2 division members. Nominations for this award will be kept under consideration for 3 years.

Nomination Process

Nomination packages will be accepted through the online nomination form.

Nomination packets should be compiled into a single PDF document submitted by someone other than the nominee, and must include:

  • At least one letter from a current member of the GER Division
  • 2-4 additional letters of support
  • Letters should describe specific activities that demonstrate how the nominee has met the spirit of the award (e.g. led capacity-building GER activities, infused the GER community with new approaches, etc.). We encourage nominators to consider how letter writers might represent the diversity of people the nominee has worked with (e.g. other faculty, grad students, or people at different institutions).
  • A current CV for the nominee

Early Career Award Nominations

Award Timeline

  • Nomination period opens: January 1
  • Nominations due: June 15
  • Award committee decision: August 1
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