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.  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 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. All letters are two pages maximum, and letter(s) may have more than one signee. Nominees need not be AMQUA members. All nominees are retained as candidates for three years (two award cycles). Winners are announced prior to and recognized at AMQUA meetings.

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, such as people of color and women, which have historically received research-focused society awards in proportions far lower than their representation in scientific fields. AMQUA is determined to do better going forward, and we seek your help in recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of all Quaternary scientists.