The purpose of the Researcher and Scholar of the Year Award is to recognize and celebrate the efforts and commitment of those individuals who are advancing knowledge in their area of research and scholarship. These individuals inspire and promote continued excellence at UIC.
- The Distinguished Researcher award will be given to four UIC researchers who have demonstrated outstanding research achievements in their field of expertise.
- The Distinguished Scholar award will be given to one UIC scholar from the Arts, Architecture, Design or the Humanities who has demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievements in her/his field of expertise.
- The Rising Star Researcher award will be given to four UIC early career researchers who have demonstrated outstanding promise to become future leaders in their area of expertise.
- The Rising Star Scholar award will be given to one UIC scholar from the Arts, Architecture, Design or the Humanities who has demonstrated outstanding promise to become a future leader in her/his area of expertise
One Distinguished Researcher and one Rising Star awardee will be selected from each of the following categories:
- Basic Life Sciences
- Clinical Sciences
- Natural Sciences & Engineering
- Social Sciences
One Distinguished Scholar and one Rising Star awardee will be selected from the following category:
- Humanities, Art, Design, & Architecture
Each honoree will receive a one-time cash prize and a commemorative award, which will be presented at a ceremony in their honor.
Note: This application must be submitted through the OVCR online portal at http://research.uic.edu/funding-opportunities/faculty-awards/researcher-year-awards
Open to all faculty (i.e. tenured, tenure-track, research-track, clinical-track) with a full-time appointment at UIC.
- Rising Star nominees must be within 10 years of their first full time faculty appointment as of the deadline date (this includes time at non-UIC institutions). Otherwise, the nomination should be made to the Distinguished Researcher Category.
- Must have made a significant contribution within the last 3 years in one of the five categories of research listed above.
- Nominees must have been at UIC for at least the past 3 consecutive years as of the deadline date.
- Nominations of faculty who have led successful team collaborations are eligible provided s/he made a significant contribution to the project’s scientific accomplishment.
- In exceptional cases, two investigators can be co-nominated and will each be evaluated for the appropriate award (Rising Star or Distinguished Researcher) based on career stage.
- Letter of Intent: Friday, October 20, 2017, Noon
- Application: Monday, November 6, 2017, Noon
- Awards announced: December 2017
- Award Ceremony: February 7, 2018 - RSVP
Nominations can be submitted by anyone from the UIC community who is knowledgeable about a successful UIC researcher/scholar. Although self-nominations are accepted reviewers tend to view these as less compelling than those submitted by an enthusiastic colleague.
Applicants must provide the information below in the order as outlined.
Cover Page form - This is an online fillable form. It is not downloadable. You should complete this last when you are ready to submit your application online
Narrative Statement form – Narrative Statement form – This should be downloaded and completed by the nominator. Note:
Nominations will be reviewed by multidisciplinary panels so care should be taken to explain achievements in a way that can be appreciated by non-specialists in the field.
Nominators should focus on one or two accomplishments and major breakthroughs achieved within the past three years. This is not a lifetime achievement award.
Form is set to 2 pages in length, single-spaced, 12-point font, with 1-inch margins. Narratives which exceed these limits will NOT be reviewed.
- Nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume. Items to include as appropriate to the nominee’s field of research:Include the dates and type of appointment for all listed institutions
- List of completed, current and pending extramural research/scholarly support with a 1- 2 sentence description – including total project cost – of each project and the nominee’s role in the project (i.e. principal investigator, co-principal investigator);
- Presentation of research/scholarship in professional settings such as a conference speaker/lecturer (please indicate keynote, plenary, or invited) or installation/exhibit; and/or,
- List of relevant publications (within the past 10 years).
- List of outreach and engaged/public scholarship
- The resume/CV must be limited to four (4) pages. If a CV exceeds 4 pages the excess pages will be removed and not submitted to the panel.
- Two letters of support from individuals other than the nominator. The support letters must be from individuals within the candidate's field. Writers should note their relationship to the nominee.
- Letters can be either internal or external to UIC; however, reviewers tend to give more weight to external letters, especially for Distinguished Researcher nominees.
- Although letters can come from former or current collaborators, reviewers tend to give more weight to letters from impartial leaders in the field who have not collaborated with the nominee – this is especially true for Distinguished Researcher nominees.
- Each letter of support should be no more than 2 pages in length, single-spaced, 12-point font, with 1-inch margins. If a letter of support exceeds 2 pages the excess pages will be removed and not submitted to the panel.
- OPTIONAL - No more than 5 pages of other materials supporting the candidate's achievements, such as professional articles and press clippings. If a nomination includes more than 5 pages of supporting materials, the additional pages will be removed and not submitted to the panel.
Summary of nomination package
Online fillable form (complete last)
2 pages, single-spaced, 12 point font, with 1-inch margins
Letter of support
2 pages, single-spaced, 12 point font, with 1-inch margins
Letter of support
2 pages, single-spaced, 12 point font, with 1-inch margins
Optional supporting materials
Up to 5 pages
Any components exceeding the prescribed page limits will be truncated before review.
The submission process has changed from prior years. Your application must be submitted on-line. The narrative form and all attachments must be combined into a single PDF file. This file should be appended to the Cover Page form which is completed and submitted online. Please allow yourself time to download the forms as well as Adobe Acrobat Pro so you can successfully submit the nomination. The system will not accept applications after the posted deadline. You will receive a submission confirmation email which includes your cover page information for your records.
- Adobe Acrobat Pro Installation Guide: Note: this version of the Adobe Acrobat Pro installer is only intended for use by staff or faculty engaging in University work on their personal computer by the End User License Agreement (EULA).
- UIC Computer: If you require Acrobat Pro for use on a University-owned computer, please contact your IT staff so they can download and install it for you. There is no cost.
- Home computer: If you require Acrobat Pro for use on your personal computer, there is a $5 charge for a 12-month subscription. To download:
- Open a web browser and navigate to the UI Webstore page for the Adobe Creative Cloud – Work at Home subscription: https://webstore.illinois.edu/Shop/product.aspx?zpid=2497
- Click the “ADD TO CART” button
- Select your University campus
- Login with your NetID and password
- Click the “I agree” button to agree to the terms of the EULA
- Click the “CHECK OUT” button
- Fill-in the online payment details and click the “Submit” button to purchase the license
- Once purchased, follow the instructions for installation and activation of the Adobe Creative Cloud software. Online help can be referenced from the Adobe support site: https://helpx.adobe.com/contact.html?step=CCSN
- Using Acrobat Pro to Combine PDF files: To combine files as a single document:
- Open Adobe Acrobat Pro by clicking on the Start button and navigating to the appropriate listing in “All Programs”
- Once open, the Acrobat Pro splash page contains a link under “Select a Task” to “Combine Files into PDF”, click this link
- Drag the PDF (or Word, Excel) documents that you wish to combine into the open central area of the “Combine Files” window that appears
- Order the documents how you wish them to combine, and then click the “Combine Files” button
- The resulting PDF will then display in Acrobat Pro
- Save this new file under a different name
The Campus Research Board will review nominations and make recommendations to the Vice Chancellor for Research based on the following selection criteria:
- Extent to which nominee’s recent research/scholarship charts (or has the potential to chart) significant advances to the field (i.e. new innovation, discovery, or methodology);
Extent to which nominee’s recent research/scholarship has been recognized by:
- Colleagues in national and/or international venues such as professional conferences or symposia (i.e. presented, cited, or invited to keynote); installations or exhibits and/or,
- Extramurally funded research support;
- Publications in peer reviewed journals
- outreach and engaged/public scholarship
Extent to which nominee’s recent scholarship has contributed (or has the potential to contribute) applications beyond research journals and academia (such as impact to society directly). This criteria does not apply to those nominated for basic research.
Extent to which letters of support reflect a significant impact of the nominee’s research contributions in the respective field of research
Basic Life Sciences
- Rising Star: Marcelo G. Bonini, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine, Pathology, and Pharmacology; College of Medicine
- Rising Star: Douglas Thomas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, College of Pharmacy
- Distinguished: Richard van Breemen, Ph.D., Professor Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, College of Pharmacy
- Rising Star: Michael Federle, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, Pharmacy
- Distinguished: Wonhwa Cho, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Chemical Biology, Chemistry, Liberal Arts & Sciences
- Rising Star: Joanna E. Burdette, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, Pharmacy
- Distinguished: Anne George, Allan G. Brodie Endowed Professor, Brodie Tooth Development Genetics and Regenerative Medicine Research Laboratory, Dentistry
- Rising Star: Seungpyo Hong, Assistant Professor, Biopharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy
- Distinguished: Xiaoping Du, Professor, Pharmacology, Medicine
- 2011 - Dr. Gail Prins, Ph.D., Professor, Urology
- 2010 - Donald Morrison, Professor, Biological Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences
- 2009 - Dr. Joel Brown, Professor, Biological Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences
- 2008 - Dr. Alexander Mankin, Professor, Center for Biopharmaceutical Technology, Pharmacy
- Rising Star: Tanvi Bhatt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Applied Health Sciences
- Distinguished: Alfonse T. Masi, M.D. DR. PH. , Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Director, Division of Rheumatology, UIC College of Medicine at Peoria
- Rising Star: Andrew Boyd, M.D., Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Health Information Sciences, College of Applied Health Sciences
- Distinguished: Geri Donenberg, Ph.D., Professor, Medicine and Public Health, College of Medicine
- Rising Star: Ana Bedran-Russo, D.D.S, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry, Dentistry
- Distinguished: Yi-Chung (Clive) Pai, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Clinical Gait and Movement Analysis Laboratory, Physical Therapy, Applied Health Sciences
- Rising Star: Julienne Rutherford, Women, Children, and Family Health Science, Nursing.
- Alan Schwartz, Professor and Associate Head, Medical Education; Research Professor, Pediatrics
- Saul J. Weiner, Vice Provost for Planning and Programs, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Medical Education; Medicine and Pediatrics
- Rising Star: Krista Varady, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition, Applied Health Sciences
- Distinguished: Stacie E. Geller, Professor and Associate Head for Research, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medicine
- 2010 - Ghanshyam N. Pandey, Professor, Pharmacology and Psychiatry, College of Medicine
- 2009 - Dr. Judith A. Cook, Professor, Psychiatry, College of Medicine and Director, Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy
- 2008 - Dr. Robert C. Bailey, Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health
Natural Sciences & Engineering
- Rising Star: Neal P. Mankad, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemistry; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Distinguished: Kathryn L. Nagy, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Institute for Environmental Science and Policy; Head, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences ; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Rising Star: Ying Liu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
- Distinguished: Lawrence Ein, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Rising Star: Robert Klie, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Physics, Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Distinguished: Krishna Reddy, Ph.D., Professor, Civil and Materials Engineering, Engineering
- Rising Star: Izzet Coskun, Professor, Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, Liberal Arts and Sciences.
- Distinguished: Philip S. Yu, Distinguished Professor & Wexler Chair in Information Technology, Computer Science, Engineering.
- Rising Star: Natasha Devroye, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering
- Distinguished: Bing Liu, Professor, Computer Science, Engineering
- 2011 - Dr. Cecilia Gerber, Professor, Physics
- 2010 - Simon T. Alford, Professor, Biological Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences
- 2009 - Dr. Luke Hanley, Professor, Chemistry, Liberal Arts and Sciences
- 2008 - Dr. Vladimir Gevorgyan, Professor, Chemistry, Liberal Arts & Sciences
Social Sciences and the Humanities
- Rising Star: Susan Magasi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
- Distinguished: Jamie F. Chriqui, Ph.D., MHS, Professor, Division of Health Policy and Administration and Institute for Health Research and Policy, School of Public Health
- Rising Star: Shannon Zenk, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Health Systems Science, College of Nursing
- Rising Star: Stewart Shankman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychology, Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Distinguished: Nik Theodore, Ph.D., Professor, Urban Planning and Policy, Urban Planning and Public Affairs
- Rising Star: Aria Razfar, Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, Education.
- Distinguished: Lisa M. Powell, Professor, Health Policy and Administration, Public Health.
- Rising Star: Benjamin Michael Superfine, Associate Professor, Educational Policy Studies, Education
- Distinguished: Maria Varelas, Professor of Science Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Education
- 2011 - Dr. Susan Hughes, Professor, Community Health Sciences
- 2010 - Brian Bauer, Professor, Anthropology, Liberal Arts & Sciences
- 2009 - Dr. Timothy Shanahan, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Director, Center for Literacy
- 2008 - Dr. Frank J. Chaloupka, Distinguished Professor, Economics, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Institute of Health Research & Policy
Art, Architecture, and Humanities
- Rising Star: Omur Harmansah, Associate Professor of Art History, School of Art and Art History
- Rising Star: Alexander Eisenschmidt, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Architecture, College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts
- Distinguished: Jennifer Reeder, Associate Professor, Art, College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts
- Rising Star: Roger Reeves, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, English, Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Distinguished: Deborah Stratman, Associate Professor, Art, Architecture, Design, and the Arts
- Rising Star: Esra Akcan, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Art History, Architecture, Design and the Arts.
- Distinguished: Samuel Fleischacker, Professor, Philosophy, Liberal Arts and Sciences.
- Rising Star: Rachel Havrelock, Associate Professor, English and Jewish Studies Program, Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Distinguished: Leon Fink, UIC Distinguished Professor, History, Liberal Arts & Sciences