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 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 $2500.


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:

  • Curriculum Vitae in UT Health Science Center San Antonio format
  • Letter of support from the nominator

Nomination for the Award are solicited from deans, department chairs, division heads and former recipients by means of a memorandum from the President. Nominators are asked to submit a letter of support and a copy of the nominee's current curriculum vitae to Academic, Faculty, & Student Affairs (AFSA) office. The AFSA office will then submit the names of the nominees to the Committee for review.

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