Research and Scholarship Excellence Awards
The Division of Research and Economic Development, in partnership with the URI Foundation and URI Research Foundation, is pleased to announce an annual excellence award program that recognizes research and scholarship, teaching and service.
The Council for Research and the Division of Research and Economic Development has developed the following criteria for awards recognizing excellence in research and scholarship. Winners will be honored at a ceremony May 17, followed by an invitation-only dinner at the President's residence.
In each category, one award will be made for work in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and one for work in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering. Nominators should specify the nominee's disciplinary group, based on the nature of the nominee's work, rather than the nominee's college.
Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards
This category recognizes students who have engaged in the process of planning, researching and producing a scholarly or creative work. This may be curricular work that goes beyond course requirements or extracurricular activities. Nominations will be accepted from full-time faculty with the endorsement of the department chair. Nomination letters, which are limited to three pages, should discuss the student's achievement, how it exceeds standard curricular expectations, and how it contributes to the field.
Graduate Research Excellence Awards
This category recognizes students who have shown potential to achieve distinction in their disciplines through scholarship and creative activity. Nominations will be accepted from full-time faculty with the endorsement of the department chair. Nomination letters, which are limited to three pages, should discuss the nominee's progress toward his or her degree, the quality and potential impact of the student's research, and the student's potential to make a significant contribution to the field in his or her career.
Faculty Research Excellence Awards
These awards recognize achievement in the nominee's research, scholarly or creative activities; demonstrated ability to integrate research, scholarly or creative activities with the instructional mission of the University; or leadership in fostering a climate at URI that advances and sustains research, scholarly and creative activities. Faculty at two career stages are recognized:
Early Career Faculty
This category recognizes full-time non-tenured tenure-track and full-time research faculty in the early phase of their careers who have engaged in superior research, scholarly or creative activities.
Advanced Career Faculty
This category recognizes full-time tenured and full-time established research faculty who have made sustained and/or significant contributions to their field.
Nomination letters for faculty awards will be accepted from all members of the URI community. The letter should be accompanied by a three-page CV that includes awards, publications, major talks, professional service in the field and professional service at URI in advancing research. Professional service activities can include serving on editorial boards, holding official posts in regional or national associations, bringing speakers to campus and organizing scholarly events.
Nominations for student and faculty awards will be reviewed by the Council for Research. Please submit nominations by 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2012 to:
Melissa McCarthy, Director, Research External Relations Division of Research and Economic Development 70 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881
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