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Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award

Schedule

Annual announcement is distributed to academic deans in early November. Nominations are due in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), by Monday, February 10, 2014. The Selection Committee comprised of representatives of the science faculties and the president of the University meets in mid spring to determine the winner.

Background & Guidelines

The Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award is an annual award intended for faculty whose recent research or scholarship has made a major impact on their field and who are not eligible for the McCoy Award, which is limited to research in the natural sciences. Therefore, an individual cannot be nominated for both the Herbert Newby McCoy Award and the Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award.

Faculty in all disciplines except the natural sciences whose research has made a recent major impact in their field are eligible to be nominated for the Research and Scholarship Distinction Award. Past McCoy winners are not eligible for nomination. The Research and Scholarship Distinction Award is intended to honor recent past achievement(s) of major impact; the award is not a “lifetime achievement” award.

It is important to note that letters from Purdue colleagues are valuable; however, letters from individuals not part of the Purdue community usually provide a better reflection of the impact of the nominee’s contribution to their field. The selection committee places significant weight on the letters of support. Please include a brief statement of the author’s expertise and relationship, if any to the nominee when submitting supporting letters from individuals outside Purdue.

The Award

The Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award consists of a monetary prize of $4,000 plus an additional contribution $7,000 to support the research of the recipient.

Who is Eligible

Any faculty member who has made a recent significant contribution in the natural sciences is eligible for nomination for the award, regardless of school or departmental affiliation.

Nominations & Due Dates

Nomination packets should be submitted electronically to Sherri Neibert (neiberts@purdue.edu) by Monday, February 10, 2014.  Nominations may be made by any member of the University.

Nomination Instructions

A general announcement regarding the competition will be distributed to faculty in the academic units. All nominations must include:

  1. A concise summary statement, not more than two pages in length, which describes the impact and significance of the nominee's recent work leading to nomination for the Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award.
  2. A Curriculum Vitae of the nominee.
  3. A complete list of all scholarship and creative works during the five-year period preceding January 1, 2014.
  4. Copies of scholarship and creative works materials that substantiate the impact of the contribution.
  5. Any additional supporting information which 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. While letters from Purdue colleagues are valuable, those from outside the Purdue community may provide a better reflection of the impact of the nominee's contribution to their field of science. For supporting letters from individuals from outside Purdue, please include a brief statement of the author's expertise and relationship, if any, to the nominee.

Award Process

To assist the selection committees in understanding the impact and significance of the nominee’s work, nominators (or their representatives) will be invited to make a brief (10-15 minute) 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 Vice President for Research and the award is bestowed at the annual Excellence in Research Awards dinner. In addition, the recipient addresses the Purdue community at the Distinguished Lecture.

Distinguished Lecture

The Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award Distinguished Lecture provides the Purdue community the opportunity to hear the Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award winner describe his/her honored research. 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.

Recognition Dinner

All past and present Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction 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 to the current Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Awardee.