Junior Faculty Research Award Competition

Each year, Texas A&M University-Commerce recognizes junior faculty for outstanding research consisting of a systematic study directed toward fuller scientific knowledge or understanding of the subject studied. Awards are given for innovative research and each award consists of a $1,000 prize and a plaque. Funds will come from the Faculty Research Endowment, which was established to support faculty research.  Winners will be announced before the end of the summer semester.  The award and plaque will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet during the fall semester.

Eligibility: Texas A&M University-Commerce full-time, tenure-track faculty members are eligible for consideration for the Junior Faculty Research Award.

Criteria: The research that supports the nomination should meet the following criteria:

  • Nominee's research primarily, but not exclusively, has been performed while a faculty member at A&M-Commerce,
  • The impact that the research has on the discipline,
  • Strong indication of innovation in research rather than quantity of production.

Nomination & Submission Procedure:  Nominations for the awards may be made by a University tenure or tenure-track faculty member (including self-nominations).  Items 1-3 below are to be provided by the individual providing the nomination.  Items 4-6 below are to be provided by the nominee.

  1. A nomination letter, which should include a brief (250 word limit) introductory statement concerning the nominee's research accomplishments and the reasons the individual should be considered for the award;
  2. At least one letter of support from someone within the University assessing the research submitted for consideration;
  3. At least one letter of support from an evaluator outside of the University, who is qualified to evaluate the subject matter of the research submitted for consideration;
  4. Synopsis (250 word limit) of significant contributions of nominee;
  5. A complete curriculum vita including a list of nominee's publications;
  6. No more than five (5) relevant reprints and/or other supporting materials.

Review Process: Nominations are reviewed and evaluated by the University Research and Creative Activity Committee.  The Committee will use the following factors in the evaluation process and the application should address these factors. 

  • Student involvement in research
  • Funding/support received for research
  • Dissemination of research results (publication, presentations, etc.)
  • Research accomplishments at A&M-Commerce
  • Strength of supporting and nomination letters
  • Impact of research on discipline
  • Research creativity/innovation
  • Potential contribution/impact to the advancement of the discipline
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Deadline: All items (electronic submission preferred) must be received in the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs by Last Monday in March. Only complete nomination packets will be considered for the award.

Deadline is Monday, March 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm (noon).


For questions, please contact ORSP at 903-886-5964 or orsp@tamuc.edu.