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The Lu Ann Aday Award

The most prestigious award given by the university in humanities and social sciences

The establishment of the Lu Ann Aday Award replaces the Research and Scholarly Distinction Award by formally endowing Purdue’s most prestigious research award in the humanities and social sciences.

Lu Ann Aday

Lu Ann Aday

Purdue University alumna Lu Ann Aday, the Lorne D. Bain Distinguished Professor Emerita in Public Health and Medicine at the University of Texas School of Public Health-Houston, has endowed Purdue’s most prestigious research award in the humanities and social sciences.

Aday came to Purdue for a master’s and a doctoral degree in sociology after receiving a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Texas Tech University in 1968. In 2004, Purdue conferred an honorary doctorate of social sciences to Aday.

Aday was formerly associate director for research at the Center for Health Administration Studies of the University of Chicago. She has conducted major national and community surveys and evaluations of national demonstrations and published extensively on public health, including authoring 16 books dealing with conceptual or empirical aspects of research on access to health and health care for vulnerable populations.

The Award

The Lu Ann Aday 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 humanities or social sciences is eligible for the award, regardless of college/school or departmental affiliation. The Lu Ann Aday 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 Aday Award.
  2. The nominee's curriculum vitae.
  3. Up to five external letters supporting the impact and significance of the nominee’s contribution to the humanities or social sciences. 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 Lu Ann Aday Award is notified by the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships.

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