Monday, November 25, 2019

The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking nominations by Feb. 4 for leading researchers, scholars, and innovators among University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students.

Discovery & Innovation awards ceremony 2018

The Discovery and Innovation Awards recognize University of Iowa faculty, postdocs, professional staff, and students for exemplary contributions to research, scholarship, mentorship, and research administration.

 “Each year, we look forward to celebrating the researchers, students, and professional staff who make the University of Iowa a top-notch public research institution. This year, we’ve added a new award to recognize a research team member who developed or implemented a new program that improves UI laboratory safety culture,” said Marty Scholtz, Vice President for Research.

The nomination process for each award, including the new Innovation in Laboratory Safety Award, is available on the OVPR’s web site. Nominations are due February 4, 2020.

Winners will be recognized at the Celebrating Excellence: Discovery and Innovation Awards ceremony on April 28, 2020 at Hancher.

Awards include:

  • Scholar of the Year
  • Early Career Scholar of the Year
  • Leadership in Research
  • Distinguished Achievement in Publicly Engaged Research
  • Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Humanities Research
  • Faculty Communicating Ideas Award
  • ICRU Distinguished Mentor Award
  • Distinguished Research Administrator Award
  • Distinguished Research Professional Award
  • Innovation in Laboratory Safety Award
  • Postdoctoral Research Scholar/Fellow Excellence Award
  • Excellence in Undergraduate Research Awards
  • Graduate Research Excellence Awards

Contact Cheryl Ridgeway at or 319-384-3332 for questions about the nomination process.