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Cheng Fund for Innovative Research Grant

Tenured and tenure-track faculty members in the College of Sciences are invited to submit proposals for the Cheng Fund for Innovative Research grant competition. Created through a generous endowment from Dr. Richard Cheng, the purpose of the Cheng Fund is to support federal grant applications with a strong emphasis on original and innovative research.

Deadline: Please submit application packages to Rodger Harvey (rharvey@odu.edu) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday Feb. 28, 2022.


Seed Funding for Research in Data Science

Faculty members in the College of Sciences are invited to submit proposals for seed funding for a collaborative research project in Data Science. The goal of this fund is to encourage collaborative interactions among faculty across departments in the College of Sciences towards the application of data science and analytics to research problems.

Deadline: Please submit application packages to Rodger Harvey (rharvey@odu.edu) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday February 28, 2022.



Nominate a College of Sciences Faculty, Staff or Student


Recognize the extraordinary contributions of one of your fellow College of Sciences faculty or staff members by nominating them for one of the awards below. Nominations should go through the department chair by March 15th. Only one nomination per department is allowed.

Previous Award Recipients  


GENE W. HIRSCHFELD FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARD

To recognize faculty members who have excelled in teaching, research, and service, one College of Sciences faculty member will be chosen every other year to receive the Gene W. Hirschfeld Faculty Excellence Award. This award recognizes a faculty member who is both a highly valued teacher as evidenced by quality student-faculty interaction within and outside of the classroom and an accomplished research investigator as demonstrated by publication in highly regarded journals and peer-reviewed research grant support. In addition, this faculty member embodies service through significant departmental, college, university, national and international academic leadership. This award is open to faculty members who have completed a minimum of three years at Old Dominion University at the time of the award. The award carries an honorarium of $1,000.

Faculty, administrators, and students are welcome to submit nominations including self-nominations to their Department Chair for this award. Nominations should include a letter of nomination describing the teaching, research, and service accomplishments of the nominee. In addition, the following materials should be forwarded: CV and bibliography, teaching evaluations for the last two years, # of citations of published research work, information on current and past peer-reviewed funding, and any other pertinent information.

The Dean will provide the documentation to the College's Promotion and Tenure committee. The chairperson of the Promotion and Tenure committee will submit the committee's selection of an individual from those nominated for the award to the Dean giving the rationale for the recommendation. The award will be made by the Dean at the College of Sciences' Award Ceremony.

DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH AWARD

To recognize significant research contributions, one tenured faculty member will be chosen each year to receive the College of Sciences Distinguished Research Award. This award recognizes outstanding research discoveries extensively cited in the literature, a record of highly important publications and substantial, and consistent peer-reviewed grant support.

Faculty, students, and administrators are welcome to submit nominations to the Department Chair for this award.

Nomination packets should include a letter of nomination describing the research accomplishments of the nominee. In addition, the following materials should be forwarded: CV and bibliography, citations of published research work, information on current and past peer-reviewed funding, and any other pertinent information.

The College of Science Research Council will review the nominees. The Office of the Dean will make the final selection of the Distinguished Research Award recipient.

EARLY CAREER DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH AWARD

To recognize significant research contributions by a faculty member early in their career, one pre-tenure faculty member will be chosen each year to receive the College of Sciences Early Career Distinguished Research Award. This award recognizes outstanding research achievement by a faculty member prior to their tenure.

Faculty, students, and administrators are welcome to submit nominations to their Department Chair for this award.

Nomination packages should include a letter of nomination describing the research accomplishments of the nominee. In addition, the following materials should be forwarded: CV and bibliography, citations of published research work, information on current and past peer-reviewed funding and any other pertinent information.

The College of Sciences Research Council will review the nominees. The Office of the Dean will make the final selection of the Early Career Distinguished Research Award recipient.

OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH MENTOR OF THE YEAR

The Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year award recognizes the faculty member in the College of Sciences who has provided exemplary undergraduate research supervision during the past calendar year.

Faculty, students, and administrators are welcome to submit nominations to their Department Chair for this award.

Nomination packets should include a nomination letter describing the nominee's demonstrated commitment to undergraduate students' research and no more than 5 letters of support from students.

The Office of the Dean will appoint a committee to review the nominees. The Office of the Dean will make the final selection of the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year.

DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARDS

To recognize significant contributions to the teaching mission of the College of Sciences, four faculty members (one tenured, one tenure-track, one lecturer and one adjunct) will receive the Distinguished Teaching Award. This award recognizes outstanding teaching, innovative pedagogy, concern for students and exemplary contributions to the educational process outside the classroom.

Faculty, students, and administrators are welcome to submit nominations to the Department Chair for this award.

Nomination packets should include a nomination letter describing the faculty member's teaching accomplishments, teaching evaluations for the last two years, and no more than 3 letters of support from students.

The Office of the Dean will appoint a committee to review the nominees. The Office of the Dean will make the final selections of the Distinguished Teaching Awards.

OUTSTANDING ADVISOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Outstanding Advisor of the Year award recognizes the individual in the College of Sciences who has provided exemplary advising to undergraduate and/or graduate students during the past academic year. (Please note that this is not an award for research supervision.) Both faculty and members of the COS Advising Office are eligible for this award.

Faculty, students, and administrators are welcome to submit nominations to their Department Chairs or supervisor for this award.

Nomination packets should include a nomination letter describing the nominee's demonstrated commitment to students and their advising needs and no more than 5 letters of support from students.

The Office of the Dean will appoint a committee to review the nominees. The Office of the Dean will make the final selection of the Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor of the Year.

OUTSTANDING STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR

The College of Sciences Outstanding Staff Member of the Year Award recognizes a member of the classified staff or faculty professional who has provided exceptional service to students and faculty within the College of Sciences and the University.

Faculty, students, and staff members are welcome to submit nominations to their Department Chair for this award.

Each nomination should include a letter describing the nominee's outstanding service and no more than three letters of support from members of the academic community.

The Office of the Dean will appoint a committee to review the nominees. The Office of the Dean will make the final selection of the College of Sciences Outstanding Staff Member of the Year.

LEE ENTSMINGER OUTSTANDING Ph.D. DISSERTATION AWARD

This award recognizes the graduate student who has produced the outstanding Ph.D. dissertation in the College of Sciences.

Faculty members may submit nominations to their Department Chair for this award.

Nomination packets should include a nomination letter describing the exceptional quality of the students' dissertation. Students who have been nominated should submit a current CV, a list of presentations and publications derived from their dissertation research, their current GPA and a short description of their plans after graduation.

The Office of the Dean will appoint a committee to review the nominees. The Office of the Dean will make the final selection of the Lee Entsminger Outstanding Ph.D. dissertation award.

OUTSTANDING MS THESIS AWARD

This award recognizes the graduate student who has produced the outstanding MS thesis in the College of Sciences. In certain cases, an MS student's project may be substituted for a formal thesis if that project has led to published results.

Faculty members may submit nominations to their Department Chair for this award.

Nomination packets should include a nomination letter describing the exceptional quality of the students' thesis. Students who have been nominated should submit a current CV, a list of presentations and publications derived from their thesis research, their current GPA and a short description of their plans after graduation.

The Office of the Dean will appoint a committee to review the nominees. The Office of the Dean will make the final selection of the Outstanding MS Thesis award.