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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 Math Researcher Awarded Simons Fellowship

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Yingda Cheng

Michigan State University researcher Yingda Cheng is among 40 standout mathematics leaders across the United States this year to be awarded a 2018 Simons Fellowship in Mathematics, giving her time…

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MSU’s Chomiuk Gets 2018 NSF CAREER Award

Monday, March 26, 2018
Laura Chomiuk

Laura Chomiuk, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, Michigan State University, and director of the MSU Observatory, received $730,425 from NSF’s Division of Astronomical Sciences for research efforts…

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MSU’s Dorfman Gets 2018 NSF CAREER Award

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Susannah Dorfman

Susannah Dorfman, assistant professor of experimental mineralogy in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Michigan State University, received $599,948 from NSF’s Division of Earth Sciences for a…

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MSU’s Hendricks Gets 2018 NSF CAREER Award

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Kristen Hendricks

Kristen Hendricks, assistant professor of mathematics, Michigan State University, received $425,000 from NSF’s Division of Mathematical Sciences to support her work in equivariant Floer theory and low-dimensional topology,…

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MSU’s Martinez-Gomez Gets 2018 NSF CAREER Award

Friday, March 23, 2018
N. Cecilia Martinez-Gomez

Cecilia Martinez-Gomez, assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, Michigan State University, received $562,102 from NSF’s Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences for her project that aims to…

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MSU’s Parent Gets 2018 NSF CAREER Award

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Kristin Parent

Kristin Parent, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Michigan State University, received $794,331 from NSF’s Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences for research that focuses on underlying mechanisms…

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MSU Sustainability Expert Named AAAS Public Engagement Fellow

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Laura Schmitt Olabisi

Michigan State University Associate Professor Laura Schmitt Olabisi has been named one of 15 researchers nationally to be a 2018-19 Alan I. Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow…

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MSU’s TerAvest Gets 2018 NSF CAREER Award

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Michaela TerAvest

Michaela TerAvest, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Michigan State University, received $519,357 from NSF’s Division of Engineering to support her project to develop a microbial electrosynthesis…

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MSU’s Nanzer Gets NSF Early Career Award

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Jeffrey Nanzer

Jeffrey A. Nanzer of the Michigan State University College of Engineering will use a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award to develop dynamic…

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MSU’s Ebert-May Gets National Ecology Education Award

Monday, March 19, 2018
Diane Ebert-May

Diane Ebert-May, Michigan State University Distinguished Professor of plant biology, is the recipient of the 2018 Eugene P. Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education from the Ecological…

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