Researcher Awards

Kettering University recognizes outstanding achievment in research efforts. Four Outstanding Researchers awards and a Rodes Professorship are given annually to researchers meeting the following criteria.

Outstanding New Researcher Award

Recipients must have less than five years of service at Kettering University prior to the first day of fall term of fiscal year. Three letters of recommendation are required; at least one must be from a Kettering University faculty member. This award may be won only once.

Outstanding Researcher Award

Recipients must have more than five years of service at Kettering University prior to the first day of fall term of fiscal year. Recipients of this award may be repeat winners. A prior winner will be eligible five years from the first day of the fall term in the academic year the award was won. Three letters of recommendation are required. At least one of these must come from someone outside of Kettering University who is familiar with the nominee’s work. At least one must be from a Kettering University faculty member.

The Selection Committee consists of the members of the Research Council Steering Committee. 

Distinguished Researcher Award

This award is for faculty with a sustained record of research for over ten years at Kettering University. The winner must have more than ten years of service at Kettering University prior to the first day of fall term of fiscal year. Four letters of recommendation are required. Two must be from individuals outside of Kettering University familiar with the nominee’s work and at least one must be from a Kettering University faculty member.

The Selection Committee consists of the members of the Research Council Steering Committee. 

Outstanding Applied Researcher Award

This award recognizes significant, sustained funded applied research. Applied research encompasses all activities that lead to the development or improvement of products, processes, services or materials. The recipient must have more than five years of service at Kettering University prior to the first day of fall term of fiscal year, a record of funded applied research over time (a minimum of three years), a minimum of $50,000 revenue generated from applied research (through the Office of Sponsored Research). Research must have produced tangible and significant benefits for the sponsor. Three letters of recommendation are required. At least one from someone outside Kettering University who was directly involved in a significant applied research project for which the nominee received substantial funding.

The Selection Committee consists of the members of the Research Council Steering Committee. 

Eligibility Criteria

Recipients of the research awards must have significant research accomplishments. This includes, but is not limited to; refereed publications, proof of reports written for applied research sponsors, funded research, patents, invited presentations, and elected positions in professional societies. Evidence of consistent research activity at Kettering University must be provided. A call for nominations or applications will be e-mailed annually.

The Selection Committee consists of the members of the Research Council Steering Committee.