Waitt Award

About the Waitt Award

The Richard B and Cynthia W Waitt Award for Field-based Research in Physical Volcanology and/or Surficial Geology supports graduate student research grants in the field of surficial geology (e.g., mapping and/or stratigraphy, field sedimentology, or geomorphology) through the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division (QG&G). The grant is intended to encourage substantial fieldwork: geologic research carried out largely in the field rather than sample collection for laboratory-based projects. Equally with Quaternary geology, the award may go to a student doing such substantial field-based research in physical volcanology of fragmented materials (not geophysics or petrology). The award is open for PhD and MS students, and was distributed for the first time in 2022.

How to apply for the Waitt Award

Applications are done via the student research grant program run by GSA. 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 awards.  PLEASE NOTE that a single application can be simultaneously considered for multiple awards.

THE APPLICATION PROCEDURES ARE    http://www.geosociety.org/gradgrants

Applications are due February 1 of each year.

Waitt Award Winners


2022 Natalie Tanski, Utah State University. The role of uplift rate and tectonic mechanism in the formation of marine terrace sequences within the Calabrian forearc, NE Sicily.

2022 Mahmud Muhammad, Simon Fraser University. Natural hazard assessment in Southern British Columbia: Insights from structural geology, geotechnical numerical modeling, and radar remote sensing.