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Higuchi – KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards

Call For Nominations

The KU Office of Research invites nominations for the 2017 Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards.  Complete nominations must be received by April 7, 2017. If you are updating materials for a candidate whom you have nominated within the past 3 years, please use the Updated Nomination form.


About the Awards
Background and Description
The Higuchi—KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards are KU’s highest award for faculty accomplishments in research, scholarship and creative activity. In 1981, the Research Achievement Award program was established by Regents Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Pharmacy Takeru Higuchi, his wife, Mrs. Aya Higuchi, and Kansas University Endowment. Designed to recognize significant research achievement conducted at the University of Kansas or another Regents institution, these awards were first presented in the fall of 1982. Each award of $10,000 (on deposit with Kansas University Endowment) may be expended over five years in support of research activities in the form of research materials, summer salary, fellowship matching funds, equipment, research assistants, or any other purpose that is consonant with the advancement of the individual's research program.  Each award will be given to a Kansas Board of Regents faculty member by the Chancellor upon recommendation of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The awards were established in four categories of scholarly and creative achievement to honor four benefactors of the University of Kansas:  Balfour Jeffrey, Olin Petefish, Dolph Simons, and Irvin Youngberg.
 

The Scholarly Disciplines and Criteria for each of the Four Awards:
The Balfour Jeffrey Research Award in the field of the Humanities and Social Sciences
will be given in recognition of research achievement in the humanities and social sciences to an individual who may be described as having had a major and substantial impact and who has been of national and/or international interest. This individual’s research should be characterized either as profoundly seminal in nature or as representing a productive record of significant research and expanding intellectual or societal insights. 
The Olin Petefish Research Award in the field of Basic Sciences
will be given in recognition of research achievement in the basic sciences to an individual who may be described as having had a major and substantial impact and who has been of national and/or international interest.  This individual’s research should be characterized as either profoundly influencing later development in a field or as representing a productive record of significant research that has illuminated basic processes or basic phenomena.  The Olin Petefish Research Award will be given for work in the basic sciences in fields such as physics, chemistry, the biological sciences, basic behavioral sciences, and mathematical sciences.
The Dolph Simons Research Award in the field of Biomedical Sciences
will be given in recognition of research achievement in the biomedical sciences to an individual who may be described as having had a major and substantial impact and who has been of national and/or international interest.  This individual’s research should be related to biomedical problems and characterized either as profoundly seminal in nature or as representing a productive record of significant research.  The Dolph Simons Research Award will be given for biomedical research in areas such as those related to medicine, pharmacy, the biological and behavioral sciences, bio-engineering, and veterinary medicine.
The Irvin Youngberg Research Award in the field of Applied Sciences
will be given in recognition of research achievement in the applied sciences to an individual who may be described as having had a major and substantial impact and whose work has been of significant relevance to the State of Kansas.  This individual’s research should be characterized either as profoundly seminal in nature or as representing a productive record of significant research.  The Irvin Youngberg Research Award will be given for work in the applied sciences such as engineering, agriculture, business, economics, and other scientific areas of an applied nature.

Nominations
Requirements
  • Eligibility is limited to tenured faculty members employed at any of the six Kansas Board of Regents institutions. 
  • A substantial portion of the work for which the individual is nominated must have been completed at the nominee’s Kansas Regents institution. 
  • A separate nomination must be submitted for each nominee. Nominations of co-investigators or research teams will not be accepted.
  • Only complete nomination materials will be considered. (see Nomination Materials below)
General Conditions for Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards
  • Although a specific Higuchi Research Achievement category may be referenced in the nomination letter,  nominees will be considered in all categories for which they may be eligible.
  • The nomination committee may choose not to recommend that an award be made in a category in a given year.
  • All nominations remain active for three (3) years.  
  • In order to remain active during the second and third years of eligibility, nominators must annually provide an updated candidate CV and a letter outlining the candidate’s additional noteworthy scholarly accomplishments over the past year. These materials must be received by the annual nomination deadline.
  • After three years, a new nomination package must be submitted in order for the nominee to remain in consideration for an award.
  • Past recipients may be nominated for an award after 10 years have passed. Nominations for an additional award will be judged only on the additional body of research, scholarly and creative activity produced since the previous award.
  • The awards committee reviews applications for the Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards and provides a list of eligible candidates along with comments on their candidacy to the Vice Chancellor for Research, who ultimately chooses award recipients.

Submit this form by 5:00pm CST April 7, 2017

Please provide your name and affiliation.

Nominations must include the following items.

  1. A letter of nomination (maximum of five pages) outlining the accomplishments of the nominee based on the criteria for the awards. This letter should detail the nominee’s seminal contributions to his or her field, concentrating on those contributions that occurred while on the faculty of his or her Regents institution. Because the panel that reviews nominations consists of faculty researchers from a number of academic disciplines, please make sure the letter of nomination uses language understandable to those outside of the nominee’s area of expertise
  2. A current curriculum vitae of the nominee.
  3. Letters from 3-5 references who are qualified to comment objectively and authoritatively on the nominee's achievements. These references should have no close academic or personal connection with the nominee (e.g., former professors or students, former or current colleagues, co-authors, etc.) nor should they be associated with any Kansas Regents institution.

Please submit the documents in a single pdf file and compile them in this order:  Nomination Letter, Reference Letters, CV.

Note:  If you are updating materials for a candidate whom you have nominated within the past 3 years, please use the Updated Nomination form.

Please submit the documents in a single pdf file and compile them in this order: Nomination Letter, Reference Letters, CV.
Files must be less than 20 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.
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