OVPR Faculty Awards

The George Washington University (GW) and the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) are committed to encouraging and supporting excellence in research and scholarship and recognizing those who have accomplished it. Nominations are now being accepted for the Distinguished Researcher Award, the Distinguished Scholar Award, the Early Career Researcher Award and the Early Career Scholar Award. The Researcher Awards is for those who conduct scientific research (e.g., in engineering, medicine, public health, psychology, nursing, among other fields and disciplines). The Scholar Award is geared toward faculty who work in social sciences, the arts and humanities.

Call for Nominations

Call for nominations begin Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Individuals nominating a faculty member for any of these awards should complete the nomination form by Friday, October 14, 2016 (Extended to Wednesday, October 19, 2016and work with their school’s leadership to complete the nomination package and send to resnews@gwu.edu by Monday, November 21, 2016. (Extended to Friday, December 2, 2016)

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For more information, please see the award descriptions below and visit the frequently asked questions. All other inquiries can be directed to resnews@gwu.edu.

Awards

Distinguished Researcher and Distinguished Scholar Awards

George Washington University (GW) faculty members who have made significant contributions in research and scholarship to the university and society will be selected for the GW Distinguished Researcher and Distinguished Scholar Awards. GW invites full-time faculty to nominate members of the faculty who exemplify excellence in research or excellence in scholarship. Nominees for this award will be considered based on their research and scholarship merit, impact on the field and productivity.

Eligibility for Nominees:

  • University full-time faculty, including research faculty, who received a terminal degree on or before August 31, 2006; and
  • Will be continuing as a member of the GW faculty for 2017-2018.

The GW Research Leadership Council (RLC) will select a maximum of three nominees for the Distinguished Research Award and three nominees for the Distinguished Scholar Award. The RLC will recommend these nominees to the Vice President for Research, who will select awardees for both the Distinguished Researcher and Distinguished Scholar. The awardees will be honored at the Annual Faculty Awards reception and will each receive an award of $5,000.

Selection Criteria for the Distinguished Researcher Award and Distinguished Scholar Award:

  • Significance of the work leading to advancement of the respective field.
  • Publication in peer reviewed national or international journals or juried/invitational shows, exhibits, or performances.
  • Evidence of extended, intentional development of work that resulted in a significant contribution or societal impact.
  • Any other evidence of the exceptional nature of the work that may be relevant.

The RLC will consider the body of work conducted over a career, but work conducted at GW will be emphasized in reviewing nominations.

Please see Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Early Career Research Award and Early Career Scholar Award

George Washington University (GW) faculty members who are recognized as the most promising up-and-coming researchers/scholars, whose trajectory shows remarkable success and projects more to come, will be selected for the GW Early Career Researcher and Early Career Scholar Awards. GW invites full-time faculty to nominate members of the faculty who exemplify this promise to their field of research or scholarship. Nominees for this award will be considered based on their research and scholarship merit only.

Eligibility for Nominees:

  • University full-time faculty, including research faculty, who received a terminal degree after August 31, 2006; and
  • Will be continuing as a member of the GW faculty for 2017-2018.

The GW Research Leadership Council (RLC) will select a maximum of three nominees for the Early Career Researcher Award and three nominees for the Early Career Scholar Award. The RLC will recommend these nominees to the Vice President for Research, who will select awardees for both the Early Career Researcher and the Early Career Scholar. The awardees will be honored at the Annual Faculty Awards reception and will each receive an award of $5,000.

Selection Criteria for the Early Career Researcher and Early Career Scholar Awards:

  • Nominations must be based upon work that identifies the nominee as a rising star in the respective field; this will vary by discipline.
  • The nominee’s work, its impact on the field, and the potential for continued success should be detailed in the nomination package.
  • The selection committee will look for innovation, originality, productivity, and creativity.
  • Evidence and rationale should emphasize the significance of the candidate's work to his/her field and address the likelihood of the nominee's continued success.

The RLC will consider the body of work conducted over a career, but work conducted at GW will be emphasized in reviewing nominations.

Please see Frequently Asked Questions for more information.