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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 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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MSU Math Professor Awarded Prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Thomas Walpuski

Thomas Walpuski, assistant professor in the Michigan State University Department of Mathematics in the College of Natural Science (NatSci), is among an elite group of 20 researchers nationally that were recognized…

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MSU’s Weber Named Ecological Society Early Career Fellow

Monday, March 5, 2018
Marjorie Weber

Marjorie Weber, Michigan State University plant biologist, has been named a 2018 Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, or ESA. Weber, an assistant professor in…

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Two MSU Comm Arts Profs Get Top Research Paper Awards

Monday, March 5, 2018
Assistant Professors in the Department of Communication, Allison Eden and Elizabeth Dorrance Hall, have been awarded Top Paper Awards from the National Communication Association (NCA).

Assistant Professors in the Department of Communication, Allison Eden and Elizabeth Dorrance Hall, have been awarded Top Paper Awards from the National Communication Association (NCA). Eden’s work concerns decision making in the context of…

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Richard Chylla Selected as AUTM Chair-Elect

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Association of University Technology Managers, (AUTM), an international non-profit whose 3,200 members support academic research globally, shepherding innovations from the lab to the marketplace, selected Richard Chylla,…

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