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 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 San Antonio format.
  • Letter of support from the nominator

Nomination packets must be submitted by 5:00 CST, Wednesday, November 18, 2015. Submit one original nomination packet with original signatures to the Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs office, Rm 434, AAB. In addition, an electronic pdf must be submitted to Sandra Rodriguez at The AFSA office will then submit the names of the nominees to the Committee for review.

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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