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Arden L. Bement Jr. Award

The most prestigious award given by the university in pure and applied science and engineering

Arden L. Bement Jr.

The Arden L. Bement Jr. Award was established in 2015 by Distinguished Professor Emeritus Arden Bement and his wife, Mrs. Louise Bement. The award is the most prestigious award given by the university in pure and applied science and engineering.

Bement achieved international recognition as Director of the National Science Foundation and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He has a long and distinguished career with Purdue having served as the Basil S. Turner Distinguished Professor of Electroceramics, the David A. Ross Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering, the Chief Global Affairs Officer and Inaugural Director of the Global Policy Research Institute.

Bement received his doctoral degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan. He has been commended by seven honorary degrees in science and engineering from universities in the U.S. and abroad. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Award

The Arden L. Bement Jr. Award consists of a monetary prize of $4,000 plus an additional contribution of $7,000 to support the research of the recipient.

Eligibility

Any faculty member who has made a recent major impact in the pure or applied science or engineering is eligible for the award, regardless of college/school or departmental affiliation. The Arden L. Bement Jr. Award is intended to honor a recent past achievement(s) of major scientific impact; the award is not a “lifetime achievement” award.

Recipients are restricted to members of the faculty on the West Lafayette campus.

Investigators are eligible to receive only one of the university-wide research awards during their career - the Lu Ann Aday Award, the Arden L. Bement Jr. Award, or the Herbert Newby McCoy Award.

Nominations

Nominations are solicited from any member of the university.

Nomination Instructions

Nomination packets should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to Sherri Neibert (neiberts@purdue.edu). The nomination packet should include in the following order:

  1. A concise summary statement, not more than two pages in length, that describes the impact and significance of the nominee’s recent work justifying nomination for the Bement Award.
  2. The nominee's curriculum vitae.
  3. Up to five external letters supporting the impact and significance of the nominee’s contribution to pure or applied science or engineering.  Letters supporting previous nominations for the award may be submitted if they were written within the preceding two years.
  4. A brief statement of the letter writers' expertise, distinctions, and relationship, if any, to the nominee.
  5. Any additional supporting information that the nominator considers to be significant.

Review Process

A selection committee consisting of distinguished faculty including past award winners is appointed by the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships.

To help the selection committee appreciate the impact and significance of the nominee’s work, nominators (or their representatives) will be invited to make a brief presentation and answer questions during the selection committee meeting. This presentation carries substantial weight in the selection process as it allows committee members to more fully understand the impact of the work.

The committee's final recommendation is submitted to the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships for approval.

Award Announcement

The recipient of the Arden L. Bement Jr. Award is notified by the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships.

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