The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has established new twin awards—the Africa Awards for Research Excellence in Earth and Space Science—to honor two early career scientists who are citizens or permanent residents of a country on the African continent. The awards, one in space science and the other in Earth or ocean sciences, will recognize recipients for completing significant work that demonstrates the focus and promise needed to make outstanding contributions to those fields.

Starting in 2016, AGU will present the awards, which support AGU’s strategic mission to promote diversity in the scientific community, each year during the Honors Ceremony at the Fall Meeting. The generosity of space physicist and AGU member Sunanda Basu made these new awards possible.

Another award presented by AGU since 2003, the William Kaula Award, has become a Union-level award. This award honors an individual who has unselfishly served AGU’s publications program and the scientific community through extraordinary dedication and efforts. AGU bestows the Kaula award biennially (now during even-numbered years) at the Fall Meeting.

—Sam Mukasa, Chair, AGU Honors and Recognition Committee; email:

Citation: Mukasa, S. (2015), Africa Awards and William Kaula Award join ranks of AGU Union honors, Eos, 96, doi:10.1029/2015EO034917.

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