Research, Scholarship, and Artistic Achievement Awards
The Achievement Awards are given annually to honor outstanding scholars and to recognize exceptional research achievement and impact on advancing knowledge, innovation, or creativity in science, engineering, health, arts, humanities, education, and other academic fields of study.
The awards include:
- Hall of Fame Award
- Spirit of Tulane Award
- Innovation Award
- Entrepreneurship Award
- IP Innovator Award
- Galaxy Award
- Excellence in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Award
- Student/Trainee Research Mentoring Award
- Convergence Award
- Rising Star Award
- Funding Awards (2) - nominations are not accepted for these awards
- Publication Award (2) - nominations are not accepted for these awards
- Citation Award - nominations are not accepted for these awards
Nominations for the 2024 Achievement Awards are open February 1, 2024, and close April 30, 2024.
Click here for the detailed Achievement Awards criteria. Click here for the nomination form and checklist.
For additional information about the Achievement Awards, please contact Gail Louis, Assistant Vice President for Research - email@example.com
Annual Awards Event - 2023
The Office of Research held the second Tulane University Research, Scholarship, and Artistic Achievement Awards on Friday, November 3, 2023, to honor outstanding Tulane scholars and recognize their exceptional accomplishments. The awards ceremony was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown New Orleans with Meg Farris, WWL-TV medical and general assignment reporter, as the emcee. Read the article about the 2023 Achievement Awards at Tulane News.
Award Presenters and Emcee
WWL-TV Reporter and Awards Emcee
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
President of Tulane University
Dean of Tulane University Libraries
Vice President for Research
Director of Tulane University Innovation Institute
Marie A. "Tonette" Krousel-Wood
Associate Provost for Health Sciences
Assistant Provost for Assessment and Institutional Research
2023 Hall of Fame
This prestigious lifetime achievement award recognizes a nationally and internationally renowned scholar/investigator who has made substantial contributions to advancing knowledge over his/her/their academic career. The awards were presented by Mike Fitts, President.
JOHN P. PERDEW, PhD, Professor, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, School of Science & Engineering
ROBERT GARRY, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine
LISA FAUCI, PhD, Pendergraft NOLA Lee Haynes Professor, Department of Mathematics, School of Science & Engineering
Spirit of Tulane Research Award
This award recognizes outstanding achievement during the prior calendar year of a scholar/investigator whose work embodies Tulane's motto: Non sibi, sed suis (Not for oneself, but for one's own) while enhancing the research mission through education, creative expression, mentorship, and collaborative effort to advance knowledge.
The awards were presented by Mike Fitts, President of Tulane University.
LAILA HLASS, JD, LLM, Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic, School of Law
DENYS BONDAR, PhD, Associate Professor and James MacLaren Early Career Professor of Physics, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, School of Science & Engineering
MARGARITA JOVER, MA, Professor and Program Co-Director, Landscape Architecture and Engineering, School of Architecture
CHARLES FIGLEY, PhD, Professor and Paul Henry Kurzweg Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health, School of Social Work
This award recognizes a scholar/investigator who develops novel ideas, approaches and insights through his/her/their interdisciplinary scholarship to address clinical, public health, or societal challenges. The awards were presented by Robin Forman, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
ROBERT BLAIR, PhD, DVM, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Tulane National Primate Research Center and School of Medicine
KIRSTEN DORANS, ScD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
CLAIRE SENOT, PhD, Associate Professor, and Albert Lechter Early Career Professorship in Business Administration, A.B. Freeman School of Business
Entrepreneurship Award and IP Innovator Award
WAYNE REED, PhD, Murchison-Mallory Professor, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, School of Science & Engineering
This award is given to the individual faculty member whose contribution to entrepreneurship is reflected in a record of sustained entrepreneurship and new venture creation. The award was presented by Kimberly Gramm, Director of the Tulane University Innovation Institute.
DAWN WESSON, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine, School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
This award recognizes the faculty member who develops new patentable intellectual property that leads to or is expected to lead to a licensable technology or commercialization event. The award was presented by Kimberly Gramm, Director of the Tulane University Innovation Institute.
This award recognizes substantial achievement of a scholar/investigator who has a strong five-year history of funding and of enhancing Tulane's research mission through scholarship, education, mentorship, and collaborative efforts. The awards were presented by Robin Forman, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
JILL DANIEL, PhD, Gary P. Dohanich Professor in Brain Science, Department of Psychology, School of Science & Engineering
TONY HU, PhD, Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Biotechnology Innovation, and Director, Center for Cellular and Molecular Diagnosis, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Medicine
Provost's Award for Excellence in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
This award recognizes a scholar for excellence in research that addresses societal inequalities and promotes social change. Some indicators of excellence include extramural support of related research and dissemination of findings through high-quality, peer-reviewed publications and national or international presentations that address societal inequities and promote social change. Broader impacts of EDI refer to the extent to which research advances participation of historically marginalized groups, promotes understanding of EDI, addresses societal inequities, develops community engagement and partnerships, distributes findings widely to support broad research understanding, and/or innovates social change. The awards were presented by Robin Forman, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
These awards recognize a) the scholar/investigator in the STEM fields who has been awarded the largest combined dollar amount of funding for direct costs during the prior calendar year; and b) and artist/scholar/investigator in the non-STEM fields who has been awarded the largest combined dollar amount of funding for direct costs during the prior calendar year. The awards were presented by Giovanni Piedimonte, Vice President for Research.
LYDIA BAZZANO, MD, PhD, Professor and Lynda B. and Leighton Steward Professor in Nutrition Research, and Director, Tulane Center for Lifespan Epidemiology Research, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
KELLY MCCLURE, EdD, Professor of Practice and Program Director, PreK-12 Education Programs, School of Professional Advancement
This award recognizes a Tulane scholar or team of scholars who successfully collaborate across schools, units, and departments to surpass traditional academic disciplines and further the research mission. The awards were presented by Giovanni Piedimonte, Vice President for Research.
HONG-WEN DENG, PhD, Professor, and Aron Family Endowed Chair, Director for Biomedical Informatics and Genomics, and Director, Institute of Integrated Data & Health Science, School of Medicine
MICHAEL BURKE, PhD, Professor, Earl P. and Ethel B. Koerner Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and Charles Atwood Professorship, and Lawrence Martin Chair of Business, A.B. Freeman School of Business
Student/Trainee Research Mentoring Award
This award recognizes an exceptional research mentor. The awards were presented by Marie A. 'Tonette' Krousel-Wood, Associate Provost for Health Sciences.
JAMES HUCK, PhD, Administrative Associate Professor, and Assistant Director for Graduate Programs, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and Director of Graduate Studies, Latin American Studies Program, School of Liberal Arts
SARU MATAMBANADZO, JD, PhD, Moise S. Steeg Jr. Associate Professor of Law, and Senior Director of Online Legal Education, School of Law
Rising Star Award
This award recognizes the works of an assistant professor, within five years of appointment to Tulane, who demonstrates exceptional growth and impact in one or more research areas. The awards were presented by Marie A. 'Tonette' Krousel-Wood, Associate Provost for Health Sciences.
This award recognizes the Tulane author of the peer-reviewed article with the highest number of citations during the prior calendar year. The recipient must be the corresponding author and Tulane must be the corresponding institution. The award was presented by Jessica Shedd, Assistant Provost for Assessment and Institutional Research.
JOE IWANAGA, DDS, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, and Clinical Neuroscience Research Center for "Standardized statement for the ethical use of human cadaveric tissues in anatomy research papers: Recommendations from Anatomical Journal Editors -in-Chief," Clinical Anatomy, May 2022
This award is designed to honor scholars and investigators at Tulane University for their exceptional contributions to academic literature by acknowledging the best journal article published in the preceding calendar year and the best book published within 24 months of the award selection date, which occurs annually in August. These awards recognize the significant contributions to the scholarly record at the intersection of impact, merit, and relevance. The awards were presented by Lindsay Cronk, Dean of Tulane University Libraries and Academic Information Resources.
TRACY FISCHER, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, and Tulane National Primate Research Center, Tulane Center for aging and Tulane Brain Institute for "Neuropathology and virus in brain of SARS-CoV-2 infected non-human primates," Nature Communications, April 2022
YURI HERRERA-GUTIERREZ, PhD, Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, School of Liberal Arts, for Three Novels, published by And Other Stories, 2021