Research Excellence Awards

The College of Engineering has established the Research Excellence Awards to recognize distinguished research accomplishments of COE faculty members.  Up to two awards will be presented annually to tenured faculty and up to one award to tenure-track faculty.  Special consideration will be given to candidates from Engineering Technology to account for the differences in research and teaching mission.  Previous Research Excellence Awardees are not eligible to apply.  The award will consist of $2,500, together with a recognition trophy that will be presented during the Faculty Assembly.

College of Engineering tenured and tenure-track faculty may self-nominate or nominate fellow colleagues for the Research Excellence Awards.  The nomination package should consist of the following materials:

  1. A statement and supporting documents describing the nominee's distinguished research accomplishments (10 pages maximum, minimum font size: 12 points); (70% weighting)
  2. A copy of the nominee's professional record (last 5 years); and
  3. Three letters of recommendation, elaborate the significance of nominee's research accomplishments, from faculty members and/or researchers in the nominee's research field. At least one of the recommendation letters should be from other academic institutions or industry.  The letters of recommendation should be sent via email directly to the Office of Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies ( (30% weighting)

Selection criteria will be based on recent (last five years) research accomplishments as evidenced by 1. Significant publication in high impact journals, conference proceedings, or books; 2. Significant technology breakthrough with patents and/or licensing; 3. Prestigious national or international research awards; and/or 4. Major research/center grants.  The College's Research Advisory Committee will review the applications and will recommend awardees to the Dean.

The nomination package, including the cover page and all supporting documents (excluding recommendation letters and professional record), is limited to a total of 11 pages.  The nomination materials, in one single pdf, should be submitted via email to the Office of Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies ( by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 30, 2018.  The cover page is available here. It is anticipated that up to three awards will be given every year, with one award given to tenure-track faculty.  However, the Research Advisory Committee reserves the rights to recommend an appropriate number of award(s), if any, for each year.