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1. Program Purpose
2. Eligibility Requirements
3. Important Deadlines
4. Nomination Submission Process & Requirements
5. Submit a Nomination


Program Purpose

The Distinguished Research Award recognizes outstanding achievements in scholarly or creative research by University of Utah tenured faculty. The URC will provide up to three awards for creative or scholarly achievements. Nominations are received once per year for this award.

Eligibility Requirements

Only tenured faculty who have held an appointment with the University of Utah for a minimum of five years are eligible to receive this award. Nominations may be made by any faculty member, department, or college within the University.

Nominees are evaluated on the impact and significance of their career research or scholarly work to their field, as well as to the improvement and enrichment of the human condition. Evidence of impact and significance generally includes one or both of the following:

  • A long and sustained record of research and scholarly publications, creative works, research grants, or community-engaged research.
  • A breakthrough, innovation, or achievement that has had a transformative effect on the nominee’s scholarly discipline and/or on society.

Nominees will remain in the nomination pool for one additional year if they are not selected. 

Priority for awards and recognition will be given to nominated faculty belonging to historically underrepresented groups. Deans are encouraged to guide award nominations committees to any available training programs in implicit and unconscious bias hosted by the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO).  

Important Deadlines

The FY21 nomination cycle will open September 1st, 2020. Nominations are due on November 16th, 2020* (by 5:00pm MST).
*10/1/2020 Update: The deadline for this opportunity has been extended to November 16, 2020 due to workflow changes caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 


Nomination Submission Process & Requirements

1. Nominee (Recipient) Information, including;

  • First & Last Name
  • Email (UMail addresses only)
  • Full Title
  • Department & College
  • Tenure home (if nominee holds appointments in multiple departments)

2. Nominator (Applicant) Information, including;

  • First & Last Name
  • Email (UMail addresses only)
  • Full Title
  • Department & College

3. Letter of Nomination: 2 pages maximum – PDF Format Only

  • Summarize the nominee’s relevant accomplishments, contributions to their field of research, and evidence of creativity or originality in their scholarship.

 4. Nominee’s CV – PDF Format Only

 5. Reference Letter Writers

  • Please submit contact information for five individuals external to the University of Utah who would be willing to submit a letter of reference on behalf of your nominee. These recommendations should be people of stature in the nominee’s field, and will be asked to speak to the impact of the nominee’s work. The URC will solicit these references to evaluate the body of nominees’ work.
  • Please reach out to letter writers well in advance of your nomination submission to ensure they are willing to submit a letter of reference. Nominations with few submitted reference letters may receive less consideration.
  • Please include complete contact information for each of the proposed references, including:
    • Full Name
    • Title
    • Affiliation/Organization
    • Email
    • Phone Number
    • Affiliation to the nominee

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Last Updated: 10/29/20