The Rev. Joseph Carrier C.S.C. Science Medal and Lecture

The Rev. Joseph Carrier C.S.C. Science Medal is the most prestigious award presented by the College of Science, and is given for sustained, outstanding achievements in any field of science. It will be awarded annually, alternating between the mathematical, physical, chemical, and biological sciences, and will be accompanied by a monetary gift. The medalist will be invited to give a lecture on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. 

The Rev. Carrier Medal is named after The Rev. Joseph Celestine Basile Carrier, C.S.C., who is recognized as the first director of the science program at the University of Notre Dame in 1865, when the College of Science was established as a department. Carrier was born in France in 1833, and was interested in the natural sciences from an early age. He immigrated to the United States, joined the University of Notre Dame in 1860, and was ordained in 1861. Shortly thereafter, Father Carrier was assigned to serve as an Army chaplain from 1863 to 1865 during the Civil War. 

An accomplished and respected botanist, Rev. Carrier founded the natural science museum and herbarium at Notre Dame, curating thousands of specimens from around the world.

An annual call for nominations for the Rev. Carrier Medal will be open to national and international senior scientists. Any candidate nominations will remain valid and shall be considered by the award selection committee throughout three nomination cycles. Teams or groups may be nominated for this award as well. For further information or to submit a nomination, please send us an email.



2022 Recipient: Donna Strickland, Ph.D.

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Donna Strickland, 2022 Carrier Science Medal awardee

Donna Strickland, Ph.D., professor of physics at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, is the third woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics. Strickland, who helped revolutionize laser physics, shared the prize with French laser physicist Gerard Mourou. They paved the way toward the shortest and most intense laser pulses created by humankind. Her research has been applied in everything from laser eye surgery to laser printers. 

The presentation of the Rev. Carrier Medal with Strickland's lecture to follow will be held Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022 at the University of Notre Dame. 

  • 3:30 p.m.: 105 Jordan Hall of Science: Medal presentation
  • 3:45 p.m.: Lecture, 105 Jordan Hall of Science
  • 4:30 p.m.: Reception, Jordan Hall Galleria

Read more about Donna Strickland's journey as a scientist