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The Lu Ann Aday Award

The Lu Ann Aday Award was established in 2017 by Purdue 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.

The annual award recognizes a member of the Purdue University faculty who has made a major impact on his or her field in the humanities and social sciences.

Aday has served on multinational, federal, and state boards and on commissions, and committees — including the National Academy of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality — to advance public health access. She is the author of 16 books dealing with conceptual or empirical aspects of research addressing access to health care for vulnerable populations.

Aday received an honorary doctorate of social sciences from Purdue. She came to Purdue for a master’s and doctoral degree in sociology after receiving a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Texas Tech University. She has received numerous awards for scholarship, teaching, and mentoring and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Nominations for the Lu Ann Aday Award are invited from all faculty members. The recipient is selected by faculty representatives from the humanities and social sciences and is approved by the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships and the President of the University.

The Lu Ann Aday Distinguished Lecture has been established to honor the award winner and to present to the Purdue community the nature of the research and its contribution to the humanities and social sciences.

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.

The recipient of the Lu Ann Aday Award is notified by the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships.

2021 Recipient

Ellen Ernst Kossek

Ellen Ernst Kossek
Basil S. Turner Professor of Management, Krannert School of Management

Past Recipients

View past recipients

2022 Nominations

Any faculty member who has made a recent major impact in research, scholarship, or creative work 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 impact; the award is not a “lifetime achievement” award.

Eligibility, instructions, and review process

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