Denise Gaudreau Award for Excellence in Quaternary Research

The Denise Gaudreau Award recognizes an outstanding female Ph.D. student for her scientific accomplishments and promise in Quaternary research. This award was established in 1993 in recognition of Dr. Denise Gaudreau’s dedication, accomplishments, and promise as an aspiring Quaternary scientist whose life was taken prematurely by a rare form of Multiple Sclerosis.

Applications: Women-identifying current PhD students in any field of Quaternary studies within three years prior to completing a Ph.D. are encouraged to apply. Membership in AMQUA is not required but candidates should be at a North American institution or conducting research focused on North America.   Selection will be based on scientific accomplishments relative to career stage, evidence of original thinking, and demonstrated promise in research. Emphasis will be placed on the quality (originality, thoughtfulness, thorough approach, impact, etc.) of all research outcomes including any published work, rather than solely on quantity of published papers. Applications should include: up-to-date CV (no page limit); a statement summarizing your research interests, accomplishments and goals (not to exceed two pages); unofficial copy of graduate transcripts (signed by your graduate advisor); and name, title/affiliation, email address and phone number of two referees who can speak to your research accomplishments and potential. All applicants are retained as candidates for two award cycles. Winners are announced prior to and recognized at AMQUA meetings and receive a monetary prize.

Applications for the 2022 Award must be submitted by March 1, 2022. The award will be presented at the 2022 AMQUA Biennial Meeting and announced on the AMQUA Web site and listserve. The award will also include support to cover registration cost and up to $300 travel expenses to attend the meeting. Gaudreau applicants are encouraged to present a poster at the meeting. Submit all materials Colin Long, AMQUA Secretary via email at:


List of recipients:

Year Recipent  
2018 Michelle Chaput  
2016 Alexis Mychajliw  
2014 Tripti Bhattacharya  
2012 Lisbeth Louderback  
2010 Beth Caissie  
2008 Leila Gonzale      
2006 Christy Briles      
2004 Terri Lacourse      
2002 Martha Cary Eppes      
2000 Roslyn Case      
1998 Cynthia Froyd      
1996 Sara Hotchkiss  
1994  Marguerite A. Toscano  


Michelle Chaput

2018 AMQUA Denise Gaudreau Award

Catie Castagno

2018 AMQUA/CANQUA Best Student Presentation Award