Arden L. Bement Jr. Award

Schedule

Annual announcement is distributed to the West Lafayette campus academic deans and faculty in late November. Nominations are due in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships. The Selection Committee comprised of representatives of the faculties meets in the spring or early summer to determine the winner.

Background & Guidelines

The Arden L. Bement Jr. Award is an annual award intended for faculty whose recent research or scholarship has made a major impact in the pure or applied science or engineering disciplines excluding the life sciences.

The Arden L. Bement Jr. Award is intended to honor recent past achievement(s) of major impact; the award is not a lifetime achievement award.

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.

Who is Eligible

Any faculty member on the West Lafayette campus who has made recent significant contributions in Pure or Applied Science or Engineering is eligible for the award, regardless of school or departmental affiliation.

Investigators are eligible to receive only one of the University-wide research awards - The Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award - Humanities and Social Sciences, Arden L. Bement Jr. Award, or the Herbert Newby McCoy Award.

Nominations

Nominations are solicited from all members of the West Lafayette campus University faculty. Nomination packets should be submitted electronically to Sherri Neibert (neiberts@purdue.edu). Nominations may be made by any member of the University.

Nomination Instructions

Nomination packets should be submitted electronically to Sherri Neibert (neiberts@purdue.edu). Nominations may be made by any member of the University community. The nomination packet should include:

  1. A concise summary statement, not more than two pages in length, that describes the impact and significance of the nominee’s recent work leading to nomination for the Arden L. Bement Jr. Award.
  2. The nominee's curriculum vitae.
  3. A complete list of all scholarly or creative works during the five-year period preceding January 1, 2016.
  4. Copies of no more than five discipline-appropriate works, such as publications, manuscripts or patents that substantiate the impact of the contribution.
  5. Any additional supporting information that the nominator considers to be significant.
  6. Include no more than five letters supporting the impact and significance of the nominee’s contribution to their field.  Letters, not more than three years old, from previous nominations for the award may be submitted.

Award Process

To help the selection committees 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 meetings. This presentation is important in the selection process as it allows committee members to more fully understand the impact of the work. The presentation schedule will be developed after all nominations have been received.

Award Presentation

The recipient of the Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award is notified via the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships and the award is bestowed at the annual Excellence in Research Awards dinner in late October or early November. In addition, the recipient addresses the Purdue community with a Distinguished Lecture.

Distinguished Lecture

The Arden L. Bement Jr. Award Distinguished Lecture provides the Purdue community the opportunity to hear the winner describe his/her honored contributions. The lecture is an annual fall event held in Fowler Hall, Stewart Center and is followed by a reception in honor of the award recipient. All past award winners receive a formal invitation to attend the distinguished lecture. Those present receive special recognition by the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships prior to the start of the lecture.

Recognition Dinner

All past and present Arden L. Bement Jr. Award awardees are invited to the Excellence in Research Awards Dinner. The dinner program includes a presentation of the award by the President of the University.

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