Leadership Opportunities

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Planetary Science Section Leadership Opportunities

The Planetary Sciences section is looking to expand the number of volunteers who help to lead and operate the various section activities throughout the year. Compensation for your AGU Fall Meeting registration is anticipated in recognition of your service. If you are interested in serving your research community, and the AGU, please submit a notice of interest to the section Secretary, Michael Mischna, at michael.a.mischna@jpl.nasa.gov with the following information:

  • Name
  • Job and Employer
  • The position(s) you are interested in from the list below
  • A brief outline explaining your interest in the positions selected

The positions will remain open until filled.

Fall Meeting Program Committee Member

In this position, you will be responsible for planning the Planetary Sciences activities for the AGU Fall Meeting. This includes approving and merging sessions submitted by the community, determining poster vs. oral sessions, identifying special session formats, approving sessions for the Union schedule, all while ensuring diversity across disciplines and remaining within the Planetary Science section session allocation. It further involves organizing the final schedule of sessions for the Fall Meeting, and arranging other relevant Town Hall and prize lectures. Regular interaction with session conveners and chairs leading up to the Fall Meeting is likely. Your obligation includes ~20-30 hours over the course of the year, plus three days each in May and September to participate in Fall Meeting Program Committee activities. You will work in a team of three Planetary Science members, including the section Secretary, for a term of 2-3 years. It is anticipated that at least a portion, if not all, of your AGU Fall Meeting registration will be compensated for your involvement.

Outstanding Student Paper Awards Coordinator

In this position, you will be responsible for organizing the Outstanding Student Paper Awards (OSPA) activities for the section, including working with session liaisons to recruit judges, and encouraging section members to register as judges and submit scores. Regular emails should go out to the section and registered judges reminding them of their upcoming activities, and seeking 100% coverage of all student papers. You will also be responsible for choosing the section’s OSPA winners. You will work alongside one other coordinator in this role, along with the section Secretary, with a term of 2 years. Your time commitment will be ~20-30 hours over the course of the year, largely between the months of October and January. It is anticipated that a portion of your AGU Fall Meeting registration will be compensated for your involvement.

Planetary Sciences Honors and Recognition Committee

In this position, for which one must already be an AGU Fellow, you will be responsible for reviewing nominations for the Planetary Science section prizes (including the Whipple Award and Greeley Award) and selecting, along with the Executive Board, the award winners. You will also be responsible for reviewing all Planetary Science nominations for AGU Fellows, making a recommendation to the AGU Honors and Recognition Committee. You will work in a team of ~7 on the committee, with a term of 3 years. Your time commitment will be ~20-30 hours over the course of the year, largely between the months of March and June.

Planetary Sciences Nominations Committe

In this role, you will actively seek out nominees for Executive Committee positions (including, but not limited to President-Elect, Secretary, Student Representative). Your responsibilities will be to identify no more than two candidates for each position from all submitted nominations to run in the section election. You will also be tasked with identifying candidates and soliciting nominations for the two Planetary Sciences section awards (the Whipple and Greeley awards). Much of your responsibility will be reaching out to the community and encouraging them to prepare nomination packages on behalf of worthy colleagues. The committee will be made up of four members, with terms varying from 2-4 years. Your time commitment is variable, but will likely be ~15-20 hours over the course of the year, primarily between the months of January and March.