EESG is proud to announce that we will be supporting four awards:

The Earl Cook Award for Best Student Paper 

Background: The Earl Cook award has been awarded on annual basis since the establishment of the EESG. The award is named for Earl F. Cook (1920-1983), an American geologist and early leader in developing an integrative approach to assessing energy resource supply and consumption (For Dr. Cleveland's biography of Cook, see: Cook served as Dean of the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M from 1971 to 1981. 

The student award paper provides a cash award of $250 and a plaque to recognize outstanding research scholarship. The cash prize and plaque are awarded during the business meeting of the EESG at the AAG annual meeting. 


  • Multi-authored papers are acceptable, but the student must be the lead author of the paper.
  • The candidate must be an enrolled graduate student at the time of submission
  • All treatments (theoretical, conceptual, methodological) of energy geography topics are valid
  • The candidate must present the paper at AAG

Review Criteria: 

  • Originality
  • Significance of topic
  • Contribution to literature
  • Theoretical contribution
  • Execution (including analysis and clarity of expression)

Submission instructions: 

  • Submit a title and brief 100 word abstract to Awards Committee Chair, Mike Pasqualetti,, no later than Nov. 1, 2018.
  • Full submissions will be due Feb 9, 2019.

Luten Award

This award is given for outstanding lifetime achievement in advancing energy geography research. This award is given on an ad hoc basis based on the recommendation of the EESG community and leadership. 

Professional Geographer Award

AAG EESG Guidelines for Professional Geographer Award

Rationale: At the 2015 EESG business meeting, we voted to modify the Professional Geographer Award selection process. The award will be given based on a review of published papers in peer reviewed journals, which will be nominated for consideration by the EESG community. The winner will give the EESG plenary at the AAG for that academic year and will serve as a judge for the award for at least the next year. This document outlines eligibility, selection criteria and a timeline for the award. 

Candidate Eligibility:
Candidate must have completed graduate school (i.e. currently holds a Master’s or PhD degree)
Candidate must be the primary author of the paper
Candidate must attend the AAG and give the plenary talk 
Candidate must be willing to serve as a judge for the Professional Geographer award for at least the next year

Paper Eligibility: 
Papers will be nominated by the EESG membership
Paper must have been published in a peer-reviewed academic journal within the last three years (2014-2017)
All treatments (theoretical, conceptual, methodological) of energy geography topics will be considered

Review Criteria:
Papers will be evaluated using a 1-4 scale (1: poor, 4: outstanding) for the following criteria:
o Originality
o Significance of the topic
o Contribution to energy geography literature
o Theoretical engagement
o Potential impact beyond academia

Nomination period: Now until October 13th  
Review period: October 14-November 17 (4 weeks)
Winner announcement: November 17

Winner will receive $300 (the current award amount for the Professional Geographer award)

Nomination Process:
Please send to nominations to Jordan Howell ( Please include the following in your nomination: 
A PDF copy of the paper
A brief paragraph explaining why you are nominating the paper with reference to the criteria outlined above

AAG-EESG Dissertation Data & Field Work Award

Students are invited to submit applications for the EESG Dissertation Data & Field Work Award. A maximum of two awards of up to $500 each will be granted annually, subject to approval by the EESG Awards Committee. The principal objective of the award is to defray travel or data acquisition expenses related to ongoing or future dissertation research activities.

The award will be oriented primarily to those without other substantial funding. Eligible candidates must be members of the AAG EESG at the time of submission.

Proposals should be delivered in a single PDF document and should include:

  • Title page:with name of applicant, address and phone number, title of intended research, starting date and duration of field reconnaissance, and location of research OR description of target dataset;
  • Project Description:of no more than 1000 words (excluding references) indicating proposed travel and research, expected significance, probable research methodology, and plan for IRB approval if relevant;
  • Reference List: list of cited references not to exceed 1.5 pages;
  • Budget Statement:of how award will be allocated, e.g. data acquisition, air travel, surface travel, food and lodging, etc. and statement of student's current funding circumstances;
  • Curriculum Vitae: Not to exceed 2 pages.

Proposals are due Feb 9, 2019 and should be submitted to EESG Secretary Conor Harrison ( Incomplete applications or applications arriving after the announced closing date will not be considered. Notification of the results will be made as soon as possible. The results will be announced in the EESG Business Meeting at the AAG Annual Conference (attendance at the conference is not a condition of application).

Questions? Please contact the EESG Secretary, Dr. Conor Harrison, University of South Carolina