Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: Join us for the first University Research Awards event April 22

Thursday, February 6, 2020


Few of us need reminding of the grand challenges facing our society today. As one of our nation’s leading public research universities, KU has a special role in fostering a culture of research that addresses these challenges. 

As part of this effort, we’re hosting a new event this year that will celebrate the recipients of our university’s top research awards.

Please join me and our new provost and executive vice chancellor of the Lawrence campus, Barbara Bichelmeyer, as we celebrate and support our research-productive faculty in disciplines across the university. The University Research Awards event is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Forums A-D in the Burge Union. A reception will follow the program.

This new event will bring together the winners of our university’s top research awards and commemorate them on one night. These awards include the University Scholarly Achievement Awards, the Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards, and the KU Research Staff & Postdoctoral Achievement Awards. These awards recognize researchers from our Lawrence and KU Medical Center campuses and beyond. 

The event is free and open to the public, but we request that you RSVP online if you’re interested in attending.

Our top scholars know well the joy of discovery. New insights can come from all corners of our university. They can spring forth from a clinical trial for a new cancer drug, an elegant statistical analysis, a particularly perceptive novel, or an expressive piece of music.

I hope you’ll make time to join me as we share their joy and celebrate their outstanding work in a relaxed and informal setting.



Douglas A. Girod

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times
Chancellor's Vision

The mission of the University of Kansas is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.

We will do that by raising the expectations we have for ourselves, the aspirations we have for our state, and the hopes we have for our world.