CALS Faculty Outstanding Achievement in Research Award

Award Requirements

Application Deadline:
Due 3rd Tuesday in November to CALS

Purpose: To recognize a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and career achievements in research and/or creative activity.

Eligibility: Tenured faculty or term faculty who have had an independent academic career (tenure-eligible position) of more than 13 years and a minimum of five academic years of appointment as a CALS faculty member at the time of the nomination deadline. Recipient must be a CALS employee at the time of the CALS Spring Awards Ceremony. Distinguished Professors are not eligible for this award.

Number of Awards:  Two - one award for tenured faculty and one award for term faculty.

Amount of Award: $500 one-time stipend.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Submit the CALS award cover sheet. 
  2. Submit a nominating letter no more than three pages describing the relevant accomplishments since the nominee's terminal degree that demonstrate the impact on the nominee's discipline. Address the quality and impact of research publications, describing norms in the field for the numbers and types of publications expected. Document the nominee's success in grantsmanship (sources and amounts) and discuss the norms for grantsmanship in the nominee's field. Include evidence of the nominee's impact on undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral associates, including a list of former students with information about their current employment. Address national and international recognition in the nominee's academic community.
  3. Submit no more than three letters from experts in the nominee's field at other institutions who are knowledgeable about the nominee's work. Provide a short paragraph summarizing the qualifications of external references.
  4. Submit the nominee's curriculum vita, not to exceed 25 pages. 

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Past Recipients

  • 2024 - Jianming Yu - Agronomy
  • 2023 - Maura McGrail - Genetics, Development and Cell Biology
  • 2022 - Lance Baumgard - Animal Science
  • 2021 - Lie Tang - Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • 2020 - Kan Wang - Agronomy
  • 2019 - Thomas Lubberstedt - Agronomy
  • 2018 - John Patience - Animal Science
  • 2017 - Robert Jernigan - Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • 2016 - Bryony Bonning - Plant Pathology, Entomology and Microbiology
  • 2015 - Fredric Janzen - Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology
  • 2014 - Lawrence Johnson - Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • 2013 - John Downing - Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology
  • 2012 - Philip Becraft - Genetics, Development and Cell Biology
  • 2011 - Christopher Tuggle - Animal Science
  • 2010 - Patrick Schnable - Agronomy
  • 2009 - Hongwei Xin - Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • 2008 - Matt Liebman - Agronomy
  • 2007 - Walter Fehr - Agronomy
  • 2006 - Patricia Murphy - Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • 2005 - Dan Voytas - Genetics, Development and Cell Biology
  • 2004 - Jack Dekkers - Animal Science
  • 2003 - Basil Nikolau - Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • 2002 - Donald Beitz - Animal Science
  • 2001 - Lloyd Anderson - Animal Science
  • 2000 - Arnel Hallauer - Agronomy
  • 1999 - Jay-Lin Jane - Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • 1998 - Albert Freeman - Animal Science