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Faculty Awards

Dr. Donald L. Akers, Jr. Faculty Enrichment Fellowship

Dr. Donald L. Akers Jr. Faculty Award this award is to be given to outstanding faculty for research efforts. The fund will be used this year to support faculty research. This award is available to any of the tenure-line faculty in the BCMB Department. High priority will be given to requests to fund pilot projects for generating preliminary data used to compete for extramural research funding.

The application should include:

  1. A short (3 page) description of the research project, including a time line for accomplishing the research goals
  2. A proposed budget and description of personnel for the project (0.5 page)
  3. A statement of plans for submitting applications for external funds related to the proposal (0.5 page)
  4. An abbreviated CV that is limited to:
    1. External Funding (Active and Pending)
    2. Internal UT Funding (Active and Pending)
    3. publications (last 5 years)
    4. presentations at conferences, universities, research institutes, etc. (last 5 years)
    5. honors and awards (last 5 years)

Recipients

2017 Barry Bruce
2016 Brad Binder
2015 Mariano Labrador
2014 Elias Fernandez
2013 Engin Serpersu
2012 Rebecca Prosser

Hunsicker Research Incentive Award

The funds donated to BCMB by Pat Hunsicker, a long time researcher in the mammalian genetics group at ORNL, have been used to establish the Hunsicker Research Incentive Awards. These are available to any of the tenure-line faculty in the department or to a posthoctoral fellow in the BCMB Department. High priority will be given to requests to fund pilot projects for generating preliminary data used to compete for extramural research funding.

The application should include:

  1. A short (3 page) description of the research project, including a time line for accomplishing the research goals
  2. A proposed budget and description of personnel for the project (0.5 page)
  3. A statement of plans for submitting applications for external funds related to the proposal (0.5 page)
  4. An abbreviated CV that is limited to: a. External Funding (Active and Pending); b. Internal UT Funding (Active and Pending); c. publications (last 5 years); d. presentations at conferences, universities, research institutes, etc. (last 5 years); e. honors and awards (last 5 years)

These materials should be submitted to Lori Daniels (lori.daniels@utk.edu) and CC: Dan Roberts (drobert2@utk.edu). A committee of faculty from outside the department will review the applications and decide the award recipient.

Recipients

2017 Nitin Jain and Rebecca Prosser
2016 Elias Fernandez and Jae Park
2015 Elena Shpak and Gladys Alexandre
2014 Jae Park and Engin Serpersu
2013 Dan Roberts
2012 Andreas Nebenfuehr and Elias Fernandez

Junior and Senior Faculty Distinguished Research Award

The Distinguished Scholarship Award recognizes a BCMB faculty member who has made notable achievements in scholarship and research within the past academic year. Faculty members in the BCMB department are invited to nominate their colleagues for this award.

The applications should include:

  1. A letter of nomination that gives details regarding the research and publication record of the nominee.
  2. A current CV from the nominee.

Recipients

Junior Faculty Senior Faculty
2017 Maitreyi Das Jerome Baudry
2016 Francisco Barrera Gladys Alexandre
2015 Joshua Bembenek Dan Roberts
2013 Elena Shpak Barry Bruce
2012 Jerome Baudry Engin Serpersu
2011 Brad Binder Albrecht von Arnim
2010 Mariano Labrador Bruce McKee
2009 Elena Shpak Elizabeth Howell

Junior and Senior Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award

The Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes a BCMB faculty member who demonstrates a commitment and excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Faculty members in the BCMB department are invited to nominate their colleagues for this award.

The application should include:

  1. A letter of nomination that gives details of teaching approaches and effectiveness.
  2. Student evaluation surveys for each course from the past three (junior) or five (senior) years also should be submitted.
  3. Written comments from undergraduate students regarding the teaching effectiveness of the faculty member are desirable, but not required.

Recipients

Junior Faculty Senior Faculty
2017 Maitreyi Das Jim Hall
2016 Francisco Barrera Barry Bruce
2015 Tessa Burch-Smith Ranjan Ganguly
2014 Nitin Jain
2012 Jim Hall
2011 Jerome Baudry Andreas Nebenfuhr
2010 Rose Goodchild Gladys Alexandre
2009 Ana Kitazono John Koontz

Charles P. Postelle Distinguished Professorship

Charles P. Postelle Distinguished Professorship will be awarded to a Tenured Full Professor in the BCMB Department who has demonstrated an exceptional level of scholarly achievement, this professorship is “to encourage research and teaching in biotechnology”. This professorship is awarded for a three-year period and can be renewed. This professorship carries the title “Charles P. Postelle Distinguished Professor.”

To qualify you must be a full Professor must have been a member of the BCMB faculty for least five years to eligible. Eligible professors can apply or be nominated by others. This award will be given again in 2018. This application should include:

  1. A letter of nomination explaining how the candidate has fulfilled the eligibility requirements.
  2. An updated CV and a plan from the candidate regarding the research that will be pursued during the term.

Recipients

2015 Liz Howell
2012 Bruce Mckee

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