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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

Julian Hinds Award

American Society of Civil Engineers

The award may be made annually to the author(s) of that paper which is judged to be the most meritorious contribution to the field of water resources development such as multi-purpose water projects for irrigation, flood control, municipal and industrial water, hydroelectric power or any combination thereof. The award shall consist of a wall plaque and a cash prize determined annually.

$1.00

Edward Goodrich Acheson Award

Electrochemical Society

The recipient should be distinguished for contributions consisting of: (a) discovery pertaining to electrochemical and/or solid state science and technology, (b) invention of a plan, process or device or research evidenced by a paper embodying information useful, valuable, or significant in the theory or practice of electrochemical and/or solid state science and technology. The recipient must be a member of The Electrochemical Society, since distinguished service to the Society is also an award requirement. Nominations are accepted in odd-numbered years.

$10,000.00

Gairdner Award

Gairdner Foundation, The

Annually, seven awards are given: five Canada Gairdner International Awards for biomedical research, the John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award, specifically for impact on global health issues, and the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award, reserved for a Canadian scientist showcasing scientific excellence and leadership.

$100,000.00

October

Deadline is anticipated date

SPIE Fellow

International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)

Fellows are Members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. They are honored for their technical achievement and for their service to the general optics community and to SPIE in particular.

$0.00

Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award

International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)

The award recognizes authorship of an outstanding book in the field of optics and photonics, published in the last six years, that has contributed significantly to research, teaching, or the optics and photonics industry. The Award is presented in even-numbered years only.

$0.00

October

Deadline is anticipated date

Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member

Mathematical Association of America

This award honors beginning college or university faculty whose teaching has been extraordinarily successful and whose effectiveness in teaching undergraduate mathematics is shown to have influence beyond their own classrooms.

$1,000.00

NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

National Academies of Sciences

This prize is endowed through generous gifts from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The prize recognizes research by a mid-career scientist at a U.S. institution who has made an extraordinary contribution to agriculture or to the understanding of the biology of a species fundamentally important to agriculture or food production. For the purpose of the prize, areas of science with applications to agriculture include plant and animal sciences, microbiology, nutrition and food science, soil science, entomology, veterinary medicine, and agricultural economics. The nominee must be a "mid-career" scientist, defined as up to 20 years since the completion of his or her Ph.D.

$100,000.00

October

Deadline is anticipated date

Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

This prize is awarded to a scientist making lasting contributions to the study of the physics of the Earth and whose lectures will provide solid, timely, and useful additions to the knowledge and literature in the field. The nominee should also be a good speaker with the ability to summarize and synthesize current knowledge in the field.

$50,000.00

October

Deadline is anticipated date

Award for the Industrial Application of Science

National Academy of Sciences

Awarded for original scientific work of intrinsic scientific importance and with significant, beneficial applications in industry. Awarded every three years.

$25,000.00

October

Deadline is anticipated date

Award in Molecular Biology

National Academy of Sciences

The NAS Award in Molecular Biology is supported by Pfizer Inc. and recognizes a recent notable discovery by a young scientist (defined as no older than 45) who is a citizen of the United States.

$25,000.00

October

Deadline is anticipated date

Award in Scientific Reviewing

National Academy of Sciences

The NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing has been presented annually since 1979 to recognize authors, whose reviews have synthesized extensive and difficult material, rendering a significant service to science and influencing the course of scientific thought. The field rotates among biological, physical, and social sciences. The current cycle focuses on the social sciences.

$20,000.00

October

Deadline is anticipated date

Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator Award

Electrochemical Society

The award was established in 2003 to recognize outstanding scientific and/or engineering work in fundamental or applied electrochemistry or solid-state science and technology by a young scientist or engineer. Nomination is in odd years.

$5,000.00

October

Deadline is anticipated date

Frederick Jackson Turner Award

Organization of American Historians

The Frederick Jackson Turner Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to the author of a first scholarly book dealing with some aspect of American history.

$0.00

Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Prize

American Society of Civil Engineers

The award is given to the author, or authors, of that paper which is judged to be of superior merit, dealing with a problem of flowing water, either in theory or practice. Preferably, the award is given to a paper that is not otherwise recognized by receiving another Society prize.

$0.00

Norman Medal

American Society of Civil Engineers

The Norman Medal recognizes a paper that makes a contribution to either practical or research aspects of engineering disciplines.

$0.00

Royce J. Tipton Award

American Society of Civil Engineers

The award is made to a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers or member of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute who has made a definitive contribution to the advancement of irrigation and drainage engineering management, these contributions being made either in the form of papers or other written presentations, or through notable performance, long years of service, or specific actions which have served to advance the science of irrigation and drainage engineering. The award consists of a plaque and cash prize determined annually.

$1.00

Rudolph Hering Medal

American Society of Civil Engineers

The medal is awarded to the author, or authors, of the paper which contains the most valuable contribution to the increase of knowledge in, and to the advancement of, the environmental branch of the engineering profession. The award consists of a bronze medal and cash prize determined annually.

$1.00

Samuel Arnold Greeley Award

American Society of Civil Engineers

All original papers dealing with the design, construction, operation or financing of water supply, pollution control, storm drainage or solid waste collection and disposal facilities published in a print issue of an ASCE journal in the twelve-month period ending with June of the year preceding the year of award are eligible. The lead author shall receive an appropriate plaque and cash prize determined annually.

$1.00

Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture

American Society of Civil Engineers

At about yearly intervals the Executive Director of the Society will invite a distinguished person to prepare for publication and deliver the Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Lecture at an appropriate meeting of the Society. II. The lecturer shall be tendered a certificate and a cash prize determined annually.

$1.00

Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize

American Society of Civil Engineers

Award is intended to stimulate research in civil engineering. Each award shall include a cash prize determined annually.

$0.00

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