Distinguished Research Award

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Chemistry associate professor wins the 2016 Distinguished Research Award.

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Distinguished Research Award

The Dr. Sherrill Brown Distinguished Research Award is granted periodically to recognize scholarly excellence of faculty whose research, scholarship or creative activity have made significant contributions to society and the scholarly community within local, national, or international contexts.


To be nominated for a Distinguished Research Award, individuals

  • must hold a continuing faculty position at MacEwan University
  • cannot be a member of either the Distinguished Research Award Selection Committee or Research Council in the year they are nominated

Selection Criteria

  • Nominees must have a sustained record of peer-reviewed publications, creative/artistic works or leadership in undergraduate research.
  • Nominations for new investigators with research achievements of significant impact will also be considered.

The following will be considered:

  • Letters of support from professional peers
  • Letter of support from nominee’s Dean
  • Research Dossier

Nomination Process

Nominations may be made by members of MacEwan University. Nominators must complete and submit the nomination form on or before the deadline (December 15).

Download Nomination Form »

All nominations forms must include at least three (3) letters of support from professional peers with a minimum of one (1) from a recognized scholar external to the university, as well as a letter of support from the nominee’s Dean.

Provided the nominee meets the criteria as outlined in Policy C6002 , the Director of Research Services will contact him or her to ensure that he or she wishes to accept the nomination.

If the nominee accepts the nomination, he or she will be responsible for submitting a research dossier by December 15 to the Distinguished Research Award Selection Committee via the Director of Research Services. Research Dossier must use the set guidelines:

Dossier guidelines »

Award Decisions and Presentations

Copies of the nomination materials are circulated to all members of the Distinguished Research Award Selection Committee (a subcommittee of Research Council).

Committee Terms of Reference »

Before the selection meeting, committee members will evaluate each nomination package against the published criteria. When the Committee convenes after privately reviewing the files, members will work toward consensus until no more than one nominee is unanimously agreed upon. The Committee will make its recommendations to the Provost by February 15, who will confirm the award recipients and notify the successful candidate. The award will be conferred to recipient at Spring Convocation.