STUDENT RESEARCH AWARDS
|Application DEADLINE: 3 February
The J. Hoover Mackin Research Award was established by the Division in 1974 to support graduate research on Quaternary geology or geomorphology. Mackin Awards were originally funded by individual donations from the Division membership supplemented by half the remaining funds in the Division account at the end of each year.
The Arthur D. Howard Fund was established in 1992 as the result of a bequest to GSA from the estate of Arthur D. Howard. The bequest stipulates that $25,000 shall be payable to the "Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division" of The Geological Society of America upon the condition that said Society establish with said gift the "Arthur D. Howard Fund." Interest from this fund is to be used for research grants and other purposes, as determined by the Management Board and Panel, to assist in research within the Division.
The Marie Morisawa Award for $1000 was established in 2006 to honor Dr. Marie Morisawa, one of the first women to maintain a high profile in Quaternary geology and geomorphology throughout her career. The purpose of the award is to support promising female M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students pursuing a career in geomorphology. Female scientists in geomorphology currently enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply. The Division granted the first annual Marie Morisawa Award in 2009.
Dr. Morisawa entered the discipline in 1960, a period when relatively few women engaged in research and university-level science teaching. She went on to help establish the annual Binghamton Geomorphology Symposia and the journal Geomorphology, both of which are thriving today. She was the first female chair of the QG&G Division, and was well known for mentoring younger scientists throughout her career.
The Management Board considers the payments to support student research from interest earned by these research funds to be awards rather than grants and refers to them as the Mackin Award, the Howard Award, and the Morisawa Award. Although the term "Grant" has been used in the past with the Mackin and Howard awards, the payments are awarded to only 2-4 students from among at least 20 applicants. The winners are selected based on the quality of the proposed research and submitted proposal and so are properly awards rather than grants. These merit-based division awards are entirely separate from grants from the GSA Committee on Research Grants to support student research.
|How to compete for the
Mackin, Howard, or Morisawa awards
You can contribute to the funds when you renew your GSA membership or by designating the Mackin Award, Howard Award, or Morisawa Award when you contribute to the GSA Foundation through the Century Challenge or Geostar. The hope is to enlarge the funds' principal so that the amount awarded annually can be increased. Please give generously so that the Division will be able to better support deserving graduate students.
The Second Vice-Chair chairs the Mackin-Howard Award Committee, which also includes the Division Chair, First Vice Chair, and four at-large members of the Division. Committee members whose students submit applications do not evaluate those applications.
J. HOOVER MACKIN, ARTHUR D. HOWARD, & MARIE MORISAWA
The Mackin-Howard-Morisawa Awards support outstanding graduate student research in Quaternary geology and geomorphology. Each year one or two Ph.D. students receive a Mackin Award and one or two M.S. students receive a Howard Award.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THESE AWARDS
The application form for QG&G’s student awards and the student research grants is now online. Any research grant application that has “Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology” selected as the General Field of Research Project will be automatically eligible for consideration for our three awards (the Howard Award for MS students; Mackin Award for PhD students, and the Morisawa Award for female MS or PhD students). PLEASE NOTE that a single application can be considered for both the Morisawa and either the Howard or Mackin Award at the same time.
THE APPLICATION PROCEDURES ARE AVAILABLE AT: http://www.geosociety.org/grants/index.htm
To apply, download the GSA research grant application and appraisal forms available online from GSA. In this case - rather than submitting them online to GSA - submit them electronically (as PDF files) to the QG&G Division secretary and indicate for which award the application is intended. The QG&G Division Secretary will forward these applications to the QG&G review committee.
Manager of Membership Recruitment and Programs
Note that the amount of funding that a student may already have for a research project is not a consideration in the selection of the Mackin-Howard-Morisawa Award winners.
All applications must be postmarked on or before 3 February.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants will be notified by email of the winners of the Awards in May. Direct questions to the QG&G Division Secretary.
1986 Christopher M. Menges, University of New Mexico, Systematic and quantitative analyses of the landforms of a mountain front within a basin and range landscape in the northern Rio Grande rift near Taos,north-central New Mexico
1993 Joseph A Mason, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Effects of glacial-interglacial climate change on the accumulation and long-term storage of sediment in the Root River basin, southeastern Minnesota.
1997 Joel Lawrence Pederson, University of New Mexico, Variable hillslope processes and sediment delivery to tectonically quiescent basins: a Late Miocene to Quaternary record of buried, relict and modern hillslopes and their deposits"
1999 Sarah Konrad, Univ. of Wyoming, Flow dynamics of Galena Creek Rock Glacier, Absaroka Mountains.
1999 Stephen Thompson, Univ. of Washington, Luminescence dating to evaluate hydrologic change, fold growth, and fault slip, Tien Shan, Kirgiz Republic.
2001 Kyle Nichols, University of Vermont, Quantifying desert piedmont process rates using in situ-produced cosmogenic 10-Be and 26-Al.
2001 Matt Anders, Utah State University, Quaternary stratigraphy and landscape evolution of the eastern Grand Canyon.
2002 Greg Balco, University of Washington, Erosion beneath the Laurentide ice sheet and its role in Pleistocene ice age dynamics.
2002 Nicole Davis, Montana State University, Investigations of Glacial Lake Musselshell, central Montana.
2003 Yarrow Axford, University of Colorado, Toward Understanding Arctic climate change: Investigating a new isotopic method for reconstructing past temperatures.
2003 Timothy Sickbert, Illinois State University, The effect of differential stream flow velocities on hyporrheic interchange.
2004 Anders Carlson, Oregon State University, A Holocene Chronology of the Laurentide Ice Sheet, North America.
2005 Patrick Belmont, Lehigh University, Calibrating model for estimating basin-wide erosion rates from in situ terresstrial cosmogenic nuclides.
2005 Aron Taylor, California State University-Fullerton, Geomorphic evolution of San Juan Creek, California: Implications for base level change and tectonic deformation of the Santa Ana Mountain foothills.
2006 Amanda Henck, University of Washington, Is the Three Rivers Region in Steady State? (JHM)
2006 Beth Caissie, University of Massachusetts, Modern Day Diatom Sediment Assemblages in the Bering Sea and their Relationship with Mean Annual Sea-Ice Duration. (ADH)
2007 Nicholas Balascio, University of Massachusetts, Holocene tsunami deposits in coastal lakes of the Lofoten Islands, Norway. (JHM)
2007 Eli Lazarus, Duke University, A possible explanation for the locations and behavior of erosional hotspots on the northern Outer Banks, North Carolina. (JHM)
2007 Caleb Schiff, Northern Arizona University, Climate reconstruction from diatom oxygen isotopes, Prince William Sound, Alaska. (ADH)
2008 Rebecca Franklin, University of Arizona, Herbology of the alpine eastern Sierra Nevada. (JHM)
2008 Jonathan Harvey, Utah State University, Reconciling Holocene alluvial records on the Colorado Plateau. (ADH)
2009 Isaac Larsen, University of Washington, Quantifying spatial patterns in landslide frequency to assess coupling among erosion, tectonics, and climate. (JHM)
2009 Scott Reynhout, University of Cincinnati, Measuring bedrock weathering and basin erosion in the Ladakh Himalaya: Towards a comprehensive understanding of landscape evolution. (ADH)
2009 Jill Onken, University of Arizona, Late Holocene alluvial cycles, landscape change, and climatic controls in the Carrizo Wash watershed of west-central New Mexico. (MM)
2010 Juan Luis Garcia, University of Maine, Holocene History of the southeastern outlet glaciers, Hielo Patagonico Sur, in Torres del Paine National Park, southern Patagonia, Chile. (JHM)
2010 Ryan W. Wood, San Jose State University, Transient hillslope response to a knickpoint sweeping up a watershed. (ADH)
2010 Britta J.L. Jensen, University of Alberta, A chronostratigraphic framework for the middle Pleistocene in eastern Beringia. (MM)
2011 Philip Prince, Virginia Tech, The Role of stream capture in driving transient landscape evolution in tectonically quiescent settings. (JHM)
2011 Linda Martin, Rutgers University, Paleoenvironment reconstruction of Pleistocene to Holocene beds near Eliya Springs, west Turdana, with correlation to early Homo sapiens sites. (ADH)
2011 Kristen Cooke, University of Victoria, Resolving large-magnitude earthquake events and isolation of a paleo-seismic signature in fjord sediment archives of northern Cascadia. (MM)
2012 Sharon Brywater-Reyes, University of Montana, Ecogeomorphic feedbacks within a riparian ecosystem - insights for management of SW ecosystems. (JHM)
2012 Danika Globokar, University of Washington, Testing thermoviscous remanent magnetization as a tool to date geomorphic events. (ADH)
2012 Elizabeth Thomas, Brown University, Generating a quantitative record of Holocene terrestrial climate on western Greenland to decipher mechanisms controlling ice sheet discharge and sea level rise.(MM)
2013 Rachael Valletta, University of Pennsylvania, When were the hills alive? Constraining upper and lower ages estimates in the Friis Hills, Dry Valleys, Antarctica. (JHM)
2013 Claire Forgacs, University of Kansas, Exploring the chronology of dune activity in the Wood River dune field of central Alaska using a post-IR IRSL method. (ADH)
2013 Christine Brandon, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Reconstructing the flooding history of New york Harbor, including Hurricane Sandy, from event deposits in a backbarrier pond. (MM)
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