Steven F. Warren Research Achievement Award

The deadline for nominations has closed. 

Steven F. Warren KU Research Achievement Award Nominations are solicited for the Steven F. Warren KU Research Achievement Award (formerly the KU Research Achievement Award). The award, established in 2006, honors an outstanding unclassified academic staff researcher from KU’s Lawrence Campus.

The 2021 award recipient will be receive a plaque and $10,000 in research funds at a ceremony.

Criteria for Selection
Only individuals who are appointed as full-time unclassified academic staff researchers working within a KU Lawrence Campus academic department or research center are eligible for the award. Please note: Only persons for whom the Promotion Procedures for the Office of Research are applicable are eligible.

The individual’s research should be characterized as having significant influence in his or her field and/or as representing a productive record of important research that has expanded intellectual or societal insights.

A substantial portion of the work for which the award is given must have been done at KU.

Nomination Process
Nominations must include a one-page letter of recommendation that addresses:

  • the significant contribution(s) to her/his field
  • why or how they are significant
  • what impact the contributions have made (i.e.--to the field/department/university/other)
  • a very brief explanation of the discipline’s expectations for the particular area/field—(the form(s) in which the research is communicated and of these forms which is the most prestigious or recognized by colleagues)
  • a curriculum vita or resumé for the nominee
  • a list of names and complete contact information for at least 2 references familiar with the nominee’s work and its significance.

Please note: Your letter of support should be written in a manner that is understandable to reviewers who may not be experts in the specific field of research of the nominee.

Deadline for Submissions - 11:59p November 1, 2020
Submit nominations electronically as a single ".pdf" to  Once nominated, an individual remains eligible to receive the award for three years; however, an updated c.v. should be submitted.

If you have questions about the nomination process please contact:
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

Past Winners of the Steven F. Warren Research Achievement Award

Year Name Affiliation
2019 Dale Walker Juniper Gardens Children's Project
2018 Justin Douglas Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory
2016 Susan Palmer Bureau of Child Research
2014 Jean Hall Center for Research on Learning
2013 Craig Freeman Kansas Biological Survey
2013 Todd Williams Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
2012 Frank Schoenen Chemical Methodologies & Library Development
2011 Daryl Mellard Center for Research on Learning
2010 Don Huggins Kansas Biological Survey
2009 Debra Kamps Kansas Center for Autism Research & Training
2007 Richard Miller Kansas Geological Survey
2006 David Vandervelde Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory