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: www.eoearth.org/view/article/151450). 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 $400 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 EESG Chair, Anthony Levenda, anthonylevenda@ou.edu, by November 15, 2019.
  • Full submissions will be due by January 1, 2020.