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ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research

Purpose: To recognize faculty members for outstanding career achievements in research and/or creative activity.

Eligibility: Tenured faculty who have had a professional career since their Ph.D. (or other appropriate terminal degree) of more than 16 years and who have been employed by ISU for a minimum of 5 years. Recipients must be ISU employees at the time of the University Awards Ceremony. Distinguished professors are not eligible for this award.

Nature of the award: $1500 one-time stipend.

Number of awards: Two.

Criteria: Documented evidence of outstanding research/creative accomplishments and impact of their work on their discipline as evaluated by peers and experts in their field. Outstanding national and international recognition in the academic community. Evidence of a substantial positive impact of their mentorship and/or teaching on undergraduate students, graduate students and/or postdoctoral associates. The candidates will be judged by the body of their work since their terminal degree.

ISU Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Research

Purpose: To recognize faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in research and/or creative activity at the mid-career stage.

Eligibility: Tenured or tenure-track faculty with a professional career since their Ph.D. (or other appropriate terminal degree) of 9 to 16 years and at least three years of employment at ISU. Recipients must be ISU employees at the time of the University Awards Ceremony. Distinguished professors are not eligible for this award.

Nature of the award: $1500 one-time stipend.

Number of awards: Two.

Criteria: Documented evidence of exemplary research/creative accomplishments and impact of their work on their discipline as evaluated by peers and experts in their field. Significant national and international recognition in the academic community. Evidence of a positive impact of their mentorship and/or teaching on undergraduate students, graduate students and/or postdoctoral associates. The candidates will be judged by the body of their work since their terminal degree.

ISU Award for Early Achievement in Research

Purpose: To recognize a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in research and/or creative activity unusually early in his or her professional career.

Eligibility: Tenured or tenure-track faculty with a professional career since their Ph.D. (or other appropriate terminal degree) of less than 9 years and a minimum of two academic years of appointment as an ISU faculty member. Recipients must be ISU employees at the time of the University Awards Ceremony.

Nature of the award: $1500 one-time stipend.

Number of awards: One.

Criteria: Documented evidence of exemplary research/creative accomplishments as evaluated by peers and experts in their field. National and/or international recognition in the academic community. Evidence of a positive impact of their research/creative activity on their discipline. The candidates will be judged by the body of their work since their terminal degree.

Guidelines for Submitting Nominations for Faculty Research Awards

The following guidelines apply to the outstanding career achievement, mid-career achievement and early achievement research awards for faculty. They are derived from experience in reviewing nominations in previous years, and are intended to help departments and colleges make their nominations as strong as possible.

  1. Follow Format and Electronic Submission Instructions.
  2. Complete Faculty University Award Nomination Cover Page [DOC, 39KBPDF, 21KB]
  3. The ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research is designed to recognize faculty members with a career-long record of exceptional research/creative accomplishments. The ISU Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Research recognizes mid-career faculty members who are or have great potential of becoming outstanding leaders in their areas of research/creative activity. The ISU Award for Early Achievement in Research is to recognize a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in research and/or creative activity unusually early in his or her professional career.
  4. Carefully check the qualifications of your nominee against the eligibility criteria. Note that eligibility times are calculated as of January 1 of the year in which the award is to be given.
  5. A key component to a good nomination packet is a synthesis of the nominee's accomplishments and their impact on the nominee's discipline. Begin with a statement of no more than three pages describing why this person deserves the award. Cite specific examples of relevant accomplishments, publications, patents, etc. and give examples of recognition that demonstrate the impact of these accomplishments on the nominee's discipline. Include all major accomplishments since the nominee's terminal degree. For nominees who have spent considerable time in non-academic positions prior to joining the academy, please describe their responsibilities and relevant accomplishments and recognition while in those positions.
  6. Include the nominee's current curriculum vita not to exceed 30 pages. It may be appropriate here to include a list of former students with information about their current employment or other research/creative activities.
  7. Include statements from the nominee's colleagues who are in a position to comment on her or his research/creative activity. Two or three such statements are sufficient.
  8. You must include letters from experts in the nominee's field at other institutions who are knowledgeable about the nominee's work and how it has been evaluated by peers. No more than three such letters are normally sufficient. Be sure to provide a short paragraph summarizing the qualifications of external references.
  9. Do not forget to discuss and include evidence of the nominee's impact on undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral associates. This is especially important for the mid-career and outstanding achievement awards.
  10. The nominating letter should address the norms in the field for the numbers and types of publications expected. Please discuss the quality of the journals in which the nominee has published and include a list of the two to three most prestigious journals or publication venues in their field.
  11. Do not forget to discuss and document the nominee's success in grantsmanship (sources and amounts) and to discuss the norms for grantsmanship in the nominee's field.
  12. Also, do not forget to include a brief summary of the nominee's teaching and service activities.

When the file is prepared, nominators must submit their nominations to their college by the college deadline.  When the college is ready to submit their nominations, the college awards coordinator must upload the nominations to the appropriate college folder on CyBox.  If you do not have access to your college's folder on CyBox, please contact Megan Peterson, meganmp@iastate.edu.

Nominations originate in departments and are reviewed by the college before submission to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. Award recipients and their nominator, department chair, dean, or supervisor are notified by May 1. Colleges receive feedback on unsuccessful nominations by July 1.

College Deadlines

Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost deadline is February 10.