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Research Recognition Awards

Each year, the Office of the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies invites faculty and staff of the College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to submit nominations for the Research Recognition Awards.

Nominations are closed for the 2020 awards. Details on award presentations in light of COVID-19 will be shared when available.

Started in 2014, the Research Recognition Awards honor the outstanding research achievements of Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center investigators.

The event highlights investigators who have distinguished themselves in several areas of research.

The culmination of the event is the announcement of the Career Research Excellence Award, honoring an individual who has dedicated their career to enhancing the research mission through education, mentorship and collaborative efforts to further advance science.

See previous recipients here

Outstanding Research Publication

This award recognizes a groundbreaking research publication highlighting originality and impact that has contributed to the advancement of research.

Samuel Hinkle Junior Faculty Research Award

This award recognizes the work of an assistant professor within five years of appointment to Penn State, demonstrating significant growth and impact in one or more subject areas.

Outstanding Collaborative Research Team

This award recognizes the research efforts of a group of investigators that transcend the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines to further the research mission.

Outstanding Community-Engaged Researcher

This award recognizes individuals or teams who effectively invest professional time in communicating their research to the community, engaging the community in the research and/or demonstrating partnership with a community organization in their research.

Outstanding Champion of Diversity in Research

This award recognizes employees who have contributed to the research mission of the College of Medicine by promoting diversity. This may be through recruitment of team members or patients from underrepresented groups; successfully mentoring team members from underrepresented groups; or modifying processes to nurture and capitalize on the positive aspects diversity brings to the research team.

Outstanding Research Staff Member

This award recognizes full-time staff members with primary responsibilities in support of the College of Medicine’s research mission. This includes basic, clinical and translational research support and research administration.

Career Citation Milestone

This award recognizes a career citation milestone of 500 or more citations for a primary article where the recipient was first or last author. Review and guideline articles are excluded.

Career Research Excellence

This award recognizes the outstanding achievements of an investigator who has dedicated their career to enhancing the research mission through education, mentorship and collaborative efforts to further advance science. Nominations are made by the Unified Campus Research Team.

Lloyd Prize for Innovative Thinking

In addition to the Research Recognition Awards, a new endowed award of $1,000 will be presented by the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies of Penn State College of Medicine during the 2020 Research Recognition Awards ceremony. The Lloyd Prize for Innovative Thinking is open to any student matriculated at the College of Medicine, any postgraduate trainee holding a graduate or professional degree (e.g., master’s, doctorate) employed by the College of Medicine, or anyone with a faculty-level appointment at the College of Medicine. It is designed to nurture a culture of reflective innovation and celebrate creative minds.