Office for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs

Presidential Distinguished Junior Research Scholar Awards


The Presidential Distinguished Junior Research Scholar Award honors remarkable investigators at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio who began their independent research within the past five years (e.g. Assistant Professor, less than 5 years). These scientists demonstrate mastery in their field and show significant potential for continued success. The award recipients have made major contributions to theory, research and/or practice, and they have earned national recognition for their outstanding achievements. In addition to the honor of being designated a Presidential Distinguished Junior Research Scholar, recipients of the Award are given a cash award of $2,500.


The following criteria are used in nominations and evaluations of nominees:

  • Major contributions to theory, research, and/or practice
  • Seminal contributions to the scientific literature
  • National reputation
  • Extramural support
  • Highest standards of professionalism.

Data to be included with the nominations:

  • Nominee's current CV in standard UT Health Science Center format.
  • Letter of support from the nominator. If the nominator is not the Department Chair or Dean, a second letter of support from either the Department Chair or Dean must also be submitted as part of the nomination packet.

The nomination packet, with original signatures, must be submitted by 5:00 pm CST, Wednesday, November 16, 2016, to the Office of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, 4th floor of the Academic and Administration Building. As well, an electronic PDF of the complete nomination packet must be submitted to Sandra Rodriguez at Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 5:00 pm CST.

2016 Recipients

Patti G. Grota, PhD, CNS-M-S, CIC, Assistant Professor, Infection Prevention and Patient Safety Consultant, Department of Health Restoration and Care Systems Management, School of Nursing

Helen M. Parsons, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medicine

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