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Honors, Awards and Prizes

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Honors, Awards and Prizes (Honorifics) Program
Program Eligibility
Nomination and Selection Process
Submission of Award Package
Calendar of Awards

Honors, Awards and Prizes (Honorifics) Program

Honors, awards, and prizes ("honorifics") serve as recognition for faculty pursuing novel research, scholarship, and creative activity. While our primary focus is on honorifics considered highly prestigious and prestigious at the national level, as defined by the National Research Council (NRC), we are pleased to help support any honorific that you are interested in pursuing (as time and resources permit). 

Examples of the highly prestigious and prestigious awards include: 

Program Eligibility

RDS assists faculty, continuing-eligible academic professionals, and/or continuing status academic professionals across all disciplines and levels in their pursuit of honors and awards. 

Nomination and Selection Process

For honorifics with an institutional limit the decision process will mirror the UA Limited Submission process. 

Honors and awards will be advertised in the following ways:

  1. Listing in The Current
  2. Direct email to individual faculty with profiles fitting the honorific
  3. College and department personnel, including Associate Deans for Research and others as appropriate

We attempt to advertise four to six months before the expected honorifics deadline, as listed in the calendar below.

Additionally, you can notify the team member at RDS responsible for Honors, Awards and Prizes if you are interested in being nominated for a highly prestigious or prestigious honorific.

RDS provides nomination development support including drafting the narrative components of nominations, technical and nontechnical editing, formatting assistance, writing the nonscientific sections, gathering letters of support, and supporting the electronic submission process in coordination with the nominee’s home department and Sponsored Projects & Contracting Services.

If you receive an honorific independent of a formal nomination process – e.g., election as a Fellow in a national professional society -- notify RDS and we will coordinate with units across campus to ensure you are appropriately recognized.

Submission of Award Package

  • If the Award nomination includes a budget for use of the funds, that budget should be developed with your unit’s business office and routed through UAccess Research to be approved by Sponsored Projects & Contracting Services (SP&CS).  SP&CS may also, ultimately, be the ones to submit the award package; this is dependent upon the submission mechanism, responsibilities of the university if awarded, and any regulatory restrictions. 
  • If the honorific is a Fellowship or other mechanism that requires time away from teaching and other duties at UA, RDS will require Department Head and College Dean approval before nomination. See the UA's Prestigious Awards Leave policy.

Calendar of Awards

*Deadlines and award amounts can change, or vary by the year. If the amount listed is $1, that is because the online description said that there is a cash prize, but did not specify the amount. If the amount listed is $0, that is because the description does not mention a cash prize.

Award Name Organization Brief Description Maximum Award Amount* Nomination Deadline

Arthur L. Day Medal

Geological Society of America

This medal is awarded annually, or less frequently at the discretion of the Council, to recognize outstanding distinction in the application of physics and chemistry to the solution of geologic problems, with no restriction to the particular field of geologic research.

$0.00

Mayo D. Hersey Award

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The Mayo D. Hersey Award is bestowed on an individual in recognition of distinguished and continued contributions over a substantial period of time to the advancement of the science and engineering of tribology. Distinguished contributions may result from significant original research in one or more of the many scientific disciplines related to lubrication, from excellence and creativity in lubrication engineering practice, or from sustained and forthright efforts and dissemination of information on the theory and practice of lubrication.

$2,000.00

Machine Design Award

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The Machine Design Award recognizes eminent achievement or distinguished service in the field of machine design which is considered to include application, research, development, or teaching of machine design. In 1958, the Machine Design Division (now Design Engineering Division) established the award.

$1,000.00

M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal of ASME/SME

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal of ASME/SME is awarded to an individual who has had significant influence and responsibility for improving the productivity and efficiency (either by research or by implementation of research) of the manufacturing operation(s).

$1,500.00

James N. Landis Medal

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The James N. Landis Medal is presented for outstanding personal performance in the design, construction, or management of major steam-electric stations using nuclear or fossil fuels. The candidate must also demonstrate personal leadership in humanitarian pursuits, which may include committee activity, Section leadership, or the broad non-technical professional activity of the individual’s engineering society.

$7,500.00

Internal Combustion Engine Award

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The Internal Combustion Engine Award recognizes eminent achievement or distinguished contribution over a substantial period of time, which may result from research, innovation, or education in advancing the art of engineering in the field of internal combustion engines; or in directing the efforts and accomplishments of those engaged in engineering practice in the design, development, application, and operation of internal combustion engines.

$1,000.00

George Westinghouse Medals

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The George Westinghouse Medals were established to recognize eminent achievement or distinguished service in the power field of mechanical engineering. The Silver Medal is bestowed upon one who is not yet 45 on June 30 of the year in which the medal is awarded.

$1,500.00

Burt L. Newkirk Award

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The Burt L. Newkirk Award is given to an individual who has not passed his/her fortieth birthday on July 1 of the year in which the award is conferred and who is an ASME member at the time of nomination. It is given to one who has made notable contributions to the field of tribology in research or development as evidenced by important tribology publications.

$1,000.00

Digital Media Award

National Institute for Health Care Management

The NIHCM Foundation Health Care Digital Media Award recognizes excellence in digital media that improves understanding of health care topics through analysis grounded in empirical evidence.

$20,000.00

February

Deadline is anticipated

Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement

American Society of Civil Engineers

This recognition is awarded to Affiliate Members, Associate Members, or Members of the American Society of Civil Engineers who are 35 years of age or less on February 1 in the year of the award and who are judged to have attained significant professional achievement.

$0.00

Penrose Medal

Geological Society of America

The Penrose Medal is awarded in recognition of eminent research in pure geology, for outstanding original contributions or achievements that mark a major advance in the science of geology.

$0.00

Dixy Lee Ray Award

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The Dixy Lee Ray Award, established in 1998, recognizes significant achievements and contributions in the broad field of environmental protection. As a general rule, in alternate years achievement in the following areas will be recognized: environmental engineering, including environmental technology and related topics; other environmental areas, including environmental health, environmental sciences, environmental management and policy, and related topics.

$1,000.00

Old Guard Early Career Award

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

This award recognizes outstanding early career engineers who have advanced quickly in their professional careers, have participated in advancing their education, have shown leadership in ASME activities and have volunteered actively in their communities.

$5,000.00

Per Bruel Gold Medal for Noise Control and Acoustics

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The Per Bruel Gold Medal for Noise Control and Acoustics is given in recognition of eminent achievement and extraordinary merit in the field of noise control and acoustics. The achievement must include useful applications of the principles of noise control and acoustics to the art and science of mechanical engineering.

$1,000.00

John C. Frye Environmental Geology Award

Geological Society of America

This is an annual award for the best paper on environmental geology published either by GSA or by one of the state geological surveys.

$0.00

Charles Schuchert Award

Paleontological Society

The Charles Schuchert Award is made to a Member early in his or her career whose paleontological work reflects excellence and quality. Ordinarily, the recipient of the Charles Schuchert Award will be no more than fifteen (15) years past completion of his or her Ph.D.

$0.00

February

Deadline is anticipated

Belasco Prize for Scholarly Excellence

Association for the Study of Food and Society

The Belasco Prize for Scholarly Excellence recognizes a peer-reviewed article (or chapter from an edited volume) published in the last two years, which exhibits superior research, a unique perspective and methodological approach as well as novel insights for the study of food. Clear and effective writing, engagement with food studies literature, as well as a persuasive thesis are also criteria for this award.

$300.00

ASFS Book Award

Association for the Study of Food and Society

This award recognizes an outstanding book about food published within the last two years. The book should employ exemplary research methods, offer novel theoretical insights and constitute a significant contribution to the study of food from a scholarly perspective. Authors of books which suggest new questions and new avenues of food research for future scholars are encouraged to apply.

$500.00

John W. Frick Book Award

American Theatre and Drama Society

This award honors the best monograph published each year on theatre and performance of/in the Americas. The recipient will receive a cash prize of $200.

$200.00

February

Deadline is anticipated

Betty Jean Jones Award

American Theatre and Drama Society

This award honrs individuals who have achieved excellence as college/university teachers and/or scholars, and have served as mentors in th eprofession. Nominator must be a member of ATDS. Honorees receive a travel stipend, a $200 honorarium, and lifetime membership in ATDS.

$200.00

February

Deadline is anticipated

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