The University of Arizona

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

David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award

Institute of Industrial Engineers

Recognizes outstanding research in the profession. It is given for a career of accomplishments that broadly benefited practitioners, organizations, or other researchers rather than for a single activity or application.

$0.00

Frank Kreith Energy Award

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The Frank Kreith Energy Award was established in 2005 to honor an individual for significant contributions to a secure energy future with particular emphasis on innovations in conservation and/or renewable energy. Contributions may be through research, education, practice or significant service to society that will lead to a sustainable energy future.

$2,000.00

ADInstruments Macknight Innovative Educator Award

American Physiological Society

This award honors an early to mid-career APS member who demonstrates the greatest potential for incorporating innovative teaching techniques and effectively utilizing technology resources in engaging undergraduate or graduate students in physiology education.

$1,500.00

Centennial Fellowships

American Mathematical Society

The primary selection criterion for the Centennial Fellowship is the excellence of the candidate's research. A recipient of the fellowship shall have held his or her doctoral degree for at least three years and not more than twelve years at the inception of the award. Applications will be accepted from those currently holding a tenured, tenure track, post-doctoral, or comparable (at the discretion of the selection committee) position at an institution in North America. The amount of the fellowship varies each year.

$1.00

Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

American Library Association

The Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award honors a literary work or series of works, in the area of intellectual freedom, including matters of ethical, political, or social concerns related to intellectual freedom. Presented biennially.

$500.00

Medallion Award

Institute of Industrial Engineers

Recognizes individuals that have made a notable impact on the industrial engineering profession through any of the following ways:
Exceptional leadership as an advisor in developing and promoting young engineers.
Creating a body of knowledge for the practice of industrial engineering.
Innovation in organizing educational materials that advances the development of industrial engineers.
Significant impact on the productivity of a company through applications of industrial engineering methods.

$0.00

Distinguished Member of the Association of Teacher Educators

Association of Teacher Educators

The Distinguished Member of the Association of Teacher Educators exemplifies the best of teacher education in this nation, which includes outstanding contributions to the Association; outstanding contributions to teacher education; and professional, academic, and ethical standards.

$0.00

Member

Institute for Advanced Study, School of Mathematics

Approximately 75 mathematicians and computer scientists are invited to the School each year to work on their individual research projects, with each other or with the school faculty. A small number of memberships for a longer period of time (two years) are also available. Some mathematicians are supported by the Institute, while others receive financial aid from their home institutions, foundations or governments. While many members are at the postdoctoral level, the school hosts mathematicians at all stages of their careers.

$1.00

Annual Writing Competition

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Competition

Each year The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers seeks to recognize written contributions to the field of U.S. consumer financial services law. Eligible papers include publishable articles, substantial book reviews, or book chapters; books; and student case note or comment. In any year, depending on the quality of the submissions, awards may be made in all or some of these three categories. The awards include a cash payment ($5,000 for books, $3,500 for articles, reviews, or book chapters; and $1,500 for student work), a certificate or other token of recognition, and travel expenses to attend the College's annual dinner.

$5,000.00

Francis Parkman Prize

Society of American Historians

The Francis Parkman Prize is awarded annually to a nonfiction work of history on an American theme published the previous year that is distinguished by its literary merit.

$2,000.00

Award for Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering

Institute of Industrial Engineers

Honors a single innovative technical contribution to the industrial engineering profession that may be recognized in any of several forms, including theory, design, application, implementation and leadership, to name a few.

$0.00

David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History or Biography

Langum Charitable Trust

This $1,000 prize is made annually to the best book in American legal history or biography that is accessible to the educated general public, rooted in sound scholarship, and with themes that touch upon matters of general concern to the American public, past or present. Publishers must submit books to be considered for this prize.

$1,000.00

Walston Chubb Award for Innovation

Sigma Xi

For the purposes of the award, innovation is defined as research into new areas of potential scientific importance, a novel approach to a long-standing problem in science or engineering or research that may create a new methodology of importance to science or engineering. In addition, application of expertise and insights from one area to advance another scientific discipline, or creative solutions to an important interdisciplinary problem also qualify as innovations. Awars are to be made no sooner than one year after the innovation has been reported in a peer- reviewed journal and research required for the basic functionality of the innovation completed.

$4,000.00

John P. McGovern Science and Society Award

Sigma Xi

This award recognizes achievement by a scientist or engineer that transcends their career as a researcher. Past recipients of this award represent a broad spectrum of individuals whose varied activities supported research, the communication of science and the impact of science on society.

$5,000.00

Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award

American Psychological Foundation

This award recognizes a significant career of contributions of a psychologist who has a proven track record as an exceptional teacher of psychology.

$4,000.00

Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics

Northwestern University

The University invites nominations for this Prize in Economics every other year. Candidacy for the Prize is open to those with careers of outstanding achievement in the field of economics as demonstrated by major contributions to new knowledge or the development of significant new modes of analysis.

$200,000.00

Samuel J. Messick Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award

American Psychological Association, Division 5 - Quantitative and Qualitataive Methods

This award is presented annually to honor an individual who has a long and distinguished history of scientific contributions within the field of quantitative research methods.

$500.00

Babcock-Hart Award

Institute of Food Technologists

This award's purpose is to honor an IFT member who has attained distinction by contributions to food technology which result in improved public health through nutrition or more nutritious food.

$3,000.00

December

Deadline is anticipated

Samuel Cate Prescott Award

Institute of Food Technologists

This award's purpose is to honor an IFT member who has shown outstanding ability in research in some area of food science and technology.

$3,000.00

December

Deadline is anticipated

Research and Development Award

Institute of Food Technologists

This award's purpose is to honor an IFT member or team of members who have made a recent, significant research and development contribution to the understanding of food science, food technology, or nutrition. Awarded in even years.

$3,000.00

December

Deadline is anticipated

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