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Faculty Awards

National and international faculty awards are an important component of institutional reputation. Each year, Michigan State University faculty members earn a variety of honors for their scholarly contributions. Some receive prizes and awards from learned societies or government agencies for specific work or career contributions. Others are elected to fellowship in major learned societies as listed below. A selection of background stories follows the lists.

National Academy of Sciences (NAS)

National Academy of Education (NAEd)

National Academy of Engineering (NAE)

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


Visit the MSU Honored Faculty website to read about MSU Endowed Chairs and Faculty as well as MSU Foundation Professors.

MSU’s Kulkarni Receives National Recognition for Hemophilia Study

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Roshni Kulkarni

Michigan State University researcher Roshni Kulkarni has been recognized with a national award for her work treating patients with bleeding and clotting disorders. The My Life, Our Future…

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MSU’s McCusker Named Fellow Royal Society of Chemistry

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Jim McCusker, professor of chemistry, and his students in his lab on Thursday May 22, 2014.

James K. McCusker, professor of chemistry in MSU’s College of Natural Science and director of MSU’s Center of Research Excellence in Complex Materials, has been named a Fellow…

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MSU Plant Biologist Receives NSF CAREER Award

Sunday, June 26, 2016
Lars Brudvig

Lars Brudvig, assistant professor of plant biology in Michigan State University’s College of Natural Science (NatSci), is the recipient of a five-year, $653,460 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty…

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MSU’s Smith Gets Top Communications Honor

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Sandi Smith

Sandi Smith, a professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Communication and director of the Health and Risk Communication Center, has been named a 2016 Distinguished Scholar by…

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Behavioral Economist, Academic Leader Named MSU Foundation Professor

Thursday, June 16, 2016
Rachel Croson

Former National Science Foundation Division Director and economist Rachel Croson has been awarded the designation of MSU Foundation Professor in the Michigan State University College of Social Science. She…

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Communication Professors Named ICA Fellows

Monday, June 13, 2016
William Donohue and Frank Boster

William Donohue (left) and Frank Boster (right), professors in the Communication Department, join a large group of ComArtSci faculty who have been acknowledged by the International Communication Association (ICA). Both…

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MSU’s Downes Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Friday, June 10, 2016
Frances Pouch Downes

Frances Pouch Downes, Michigan State University professor in the Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics (BLD) Program and the College of Human Medicine Public Health Division, was the recipient of the…

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Cotten Named Gerontology Fellow, Given Sociology Career Achievement Award

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Shelia Cotten

Shelia Cotten, a professor in the Department of Media and Information, has received a lot of good news lately surrounding her research in Gerontology. Cotten was awarded Fellow…

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MSU’s Drzal Honored with Two National Awards

Friday, June 3, 2016
Lawrence T. Drzal

University Distinguished Professor Lawrence T. Drzal will receive national acclaim in 2016 when two of his field’s most prestigious honors will be presented to him: the Medal of…

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MSU Researcher Working to Improve Electrical Communication with Brain

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Erin Purcell

A researcher in the Michigan State University College of Engineering will use a $413,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to explore why devices implanted in…

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