D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award

Nomination Procedures

Nominations for the D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award are due to the RGS office electronically or by hard copy by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. To complete a nomination, fill out the online nomination form.

The D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award is Utah State’s most prestigious career research recognition for senior faculty, and it includes a $5,000 honorarium. The basis of selection for the award is the significance and quality of research or creative achievement, as distinct from service or teaching. Recognition of one’s work by experts of national and international reputation is a key indicator of its importance; hence, evaluations from outside the university will be sought for each full professor nominee.

Any faculty member, department, or college within the university may make nominations for the Thorne Award, but nominators should submit only one candidate. The following materials should be submitted in support of nominations:

  • The faculty nominee must be a current employee of USU or have retired within the past 12 months prior to submission.
  • Nominees not selected from the previous year are automatically carried forward once for consideration the following year.
  • Nominees not selected either of two consecutive years must remain out of the process for one selection cycle before resubmitting a package.
  • Nominee will be available on campus the week of February 9 for a video shoot if selected as the awardee.
  • Name and A # of nominee
  • Curriculum vitae of the nominee in standard format including a complete list of publications, awards, sponsored projects, and other recognitions by peers – international, national and regional.
  • A letter of nomination not to exceed five pages. This letter should be a summary of the nominee’s relevant accomplishments, with particular attention to such issues as the impact of their contributions through research or creative activities (please include citation or other recognition data), evidence of originality and creativity, and probable long-range significance of their work. Not all members of the review committee will be experts in the nominee’s field; descriptions of contributions should be written with this in mind.
  • A list of six recognized experts (including all contact information) in the field from whom the review committee may request evaluations. The people listed should be familiar with the nominee’s work; the opinions of nationally and internationally recognized experts are most persuasive. Letters of recommendation are not to be included with the nominating letter; these will be solicited from the list provided.
  • Nominations can be submitted by any current faculty member of the University.
  • The D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award Committee will review all nominations.
  • The committee will review their analysis of the candidates with the Vice President for Research.
  • The Vice President for Research will carry the committee’s recommendations into discussion with the President of the University.
  • The President of the University will select the D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Awardee.
  • Deadline for online and hard copy submissions to the RGS Office is OCTOBER 13, 2017.
  • Recipient will receive a $5,000 monetary award.
  • Recipient will be honored at USU’s annual Research Gala, held during Research Week.
  • Recipient will be asked to give the annual D. Wynne Thorne Lecture during Research Week the following year.
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