Leadership in Quaternary Sciences


The AMQUA Award for Leadership in Quaternary Sciences

The AMQUA Award for Leadership in Quaternary Sciences recognizes a North American mid-career Quaternary scientist for combining an outstanding track record of scientific discovery with exceptional broader impacts within our profession and society at large. 

Research contributions should comprise a body of work that significantly advances understanding of a place, time period, process, problem or method in Quaternary sciences. Broader impacts within our profession may include, for example, supporting the success of emerging scientists, working to improve diversity, inclusion and equity within Quaternary sciences, excellence in teaching, or exemplary service through committees, journals, etc. Examples of contributions to broader society include promoting public understanding of science, providing scientific opportunities to diverse communities, and applying science to solving societal problems.

Nominations: Eligible nominees are seven to 20 years from their date of PhD, or equivalent terminal degree, and are either based at a North American institution or have a demonstrable record of excellence in research and broader impacts in North America. Research contributions and broader impacts will be weighted equally in consideration for this award. Self-nominations and peer-nominations are welcome. Each nomination package should include the nominee’s up-to-date CV (no page limit) and at least one letter of nomination (no more than two pages) summarizing the nominee’s outstanding research contributions and broader leadership within and/or beyond the Quaternary sciences. Up to two additional supporting letters may be included in a package, and letter(s) may have more than one signee. Nominees need not be AMQUA members. All nominations are retained for three years (two award cycles).

Please keep the highest standards for both excellence and diversity in mind, as you consider nominating fellow scientists. AMQUA seeks to honor exceptional scientists who represent the full diversity of our profession. Common and well-documented biases are known to lead to discounting of accomplishments by underrepresented groups, and people of color and white women have historically received research-focused society awards in proportions far lower than their representation in scientific fields. We seek your help in recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of all Quaternary scientists.

Award recipient will be announced prior to and will be recognized at the 2024 AMQUA Biennial meeting in August of 2024 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Please submit nominations to AMQUA secretary Colin Long at longco@uwosh.edu by Apirl 22, 2024.