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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 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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MSU Researchers Honored for Outstanding Genetics Article

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Richard Lenski

A team of Michigan State University researchers has been honored for having one of the top three articles published in the journal Genetics in 2015. Richard Lenski, MSU…

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Jes Asmussen: MSU 2016 Technology Transfer Award

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Michigan State University’s intellectual property office, MSU Technologies, selected Jes Asmussen work for the Technology Transfer Achievement Award for 2016. Asmussen, University Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer…

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Gemma Reguera: MSU’s 2016 Innovator of the Year

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Michigan State University’s intellectual property office, MSU Technologies, selected Gemma Reguera as Innovator of the Year. Reguera, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, received the award for her…

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