Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

University Scholarly Achievement Awards

The University Scholarly Achievement Award is a marquee award for our university and a way to recognize standout researchers who embody our mission to make discoveries that change the world.

Each year, the University of Kansas recognizes up to four mid-career faculty members as recipients of a University Scholarly Achievement Award. This $10,000 award recognizes a significant scholarly or research contribution, creative work (an exhibition, performance, composition, article or book, or major collaborative project) or a series of closely related contributions.

This award covers all fields of scholarship represented at the University of Kansas, including, but not limited to, Arts, Humanities, Architecture and Design, Music, Math, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Clinical Science, Pharmacy, Social Sciences, Social Welfare, Education, Journalism, Law, and Business.

The Chancellor’s Office will present information on the submission of nominations for the next round of recipients in October 2019.

Video of 2019 ceremony


News and Past Winners

Chancellor to present four University Scholarly Achievement Awards on April 24 (04/03/2019)
Chancellor Girod to recognize five University Scholarly Achievement Award winners (03/15/2018)
Chancellor to present University Scholarly Achievement Awards (03/15/2017)
Chancellor to present University Scholarly Achievement Awards (04/18/2016)
Chancellor to present University Scholarly Achievement Awards (04/09/2015)
Chancellor to present University Scholarly Achievement Awards (04/08/2014)
Four researchers named recipients of University Scholarly Achievement Awards (04/16/2013)
Five researchers named recipients of University Scholarly Achievement Awards (3/27/2012)

Past Winners

Dale Dorsey, Philosophy
Kirsten Jensen, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, KU Biodiversity Institute
Paul W. Popiel, Music 
Franklin (Feng) Tao, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering 

Kathleen Lynne Lane, Special Education 
Xiaogang Li, Internal Medicine, Biochemistry
Laura Moriarty, English 
Leigh Stearns, Geology
Jon Tunge, Chemistry 

VIDEO: Watch the full 2018 awards ceremony.

Nancy Brady, Speech-Language-Hearing
Kimber Richter, Preventive Medicine and Public Health
Dave Tell, Communication Studies
Joy Ward, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
VIDEO: Watch the full 2017 awards ceremony.

Christie Befort, Preventive Medicine, Public Health
Wen-Xing Ding, Pharmacy, Toxicology, Therapeutics
William Elliott, Social Welfare
Peter Grund, English
Greg Rudnick, Physics and Astronomy

Gregory Cushman, History
Wonpil Im, Molecular Biosciences
Andrew Torrance, Law
Atanas Stefanov, Mathematics

Michael Detamore, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Michael Engel, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Allen Greiner, Family Medicine
Steven Spooner, Music

Sally Cornelison, Art History
Don Haider-Markel, Political Science
Mikhail Medvedev, Physics and Astronomy
Thomas Prisinzano, Medicinal Chemistry

Jeffrey Moran, History
Russell Swerdlow, Neurology, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Jeffrey Burns, Neurology
Cory Berkland, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Donna Ginther, Economics

Brian Blagg, Medicinal Chemistry
Derrick Darby, Philosophy
Patricia Hawley, Psychology
Bangere Purnaprajna, Mathematics

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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
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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.