Deadline for Distinguished Women Scholars award approaching

January 25, 2011

The Office of the Provost, in partnership with the Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, is accepting nominations through Thursday (Jan. 27) for a new Distinguished Women Scholars award. The award honors alumnae who earned a Purdue doctorate and have made significant scholarly contributions to their respective academic communities.

"By recognizing our academic women of distinction, we also acknowledge and celebrate our faculty's contributions to mentoring these successful scholars and recognize Purdue's contribution to diversifying university faculty across the nation," says Beverly Davenport Sypher, vice provost for faculty affairs and the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center Chair for Leadership Excellence. "At the same time, we symbolize to our undergraduate and graduate students the possibilities a Purdue doctorate enables. We hope the recipients will be role models to all of our scholars in the making."

Criteria for nomination include an earned doctorate from Purdue and distinguished scholarly success within one's chosen field. Nominations should include a letter of nomination that outlines the nominee's achievements, the nominee's updated curriculum vitae and names of two references that could speak to each nominee's record of distinction.

Nominations must be made through the dean's office of a college or school, and are due Thursday to the Office of the Provost. For this inaugural year, two nominees from each academic college will be accepted.

Each year up to four winners will be chosen. The inaugural recipients will be honored on Purdue's West Lafayette campus March 3-4 as part of Purdue's celebration of Women's History Month. 

For more information, contact Davenport Sypher at 49-49709 or at