Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award


To give special recognition to junior faculty, who are in the early phases of their careers, for superior research and creative activity on the MU campus.


The award is in the amount of $1,000, less applicable taxes.


Persons holding full-time tenure or non-tenure track appointments with the rank of assistant professor, associate professor, assistant professor of clinical department, associate professor of clinical department, adjunct assistant professor, adjunct associate professor, clinical assistant professor, clinical associate professor, extension assistant professor, extension associate professor, research assistant professor or research instruction associate professor with at least three and no more than five years of service at MU (individuals with service dates prior to August 1, 2018, will be considered to have more than five years service) are eligible.


Faculty colleagues, departments, schools/colleges, or recognized campus organizations may nominate individuals.

Do not place nomination materials in a hard binder. The length of the nomination materials is not of primary importance because the final choice will be based on convincing evidence. Nomination materials will not be returned; therefore, the department chair should retain a copy of nomination materials for possible future use. Unsuccessful nominations may be updated and resubmitted in successive years.

Nomination materials should include:

  1. Submission Requirements Form
  2. Nomination/Cover Letter
    • Describe the characteristics that justify his/her being recognized for
    • outstanding contributions in research and/or creative activity
    • demonstrated evidence of such activity, for example refereed publications, juried shows or performances
    • promise for achieving wider national and international recognition
  3. Supporting letters (limited to four: three external, one internal)
  4. Nominee’s curriculum vitae
    • Be sure to include a list of external funding in support of research and/or creative activity and a list of publications, juried shows and/or performances, etc.
  5. Academic Analytics Data (optional): For research awards, the faculty committee, Provost, Chancellor, and/or President may review Academic Analytics data as one piece of data in the review process. Nominees have the option of including their Academic Analytics data with a 1-page contextual statement if they wish in their nomination packet.


Annual Deadline:  January 15 (due the following business day when falls on a weekend or holiday)

Nominations and supporting materials must be submitted by the Divisional Dean, who may establish an earlier deadline. Submit an electronic version as a single PDF attachment via email to Name the file as follows: YearProvJrRsch_LastFirst (e.g., 2024ProvJrRsch_TigerTruman). Original hard copies of the proposal packet are no longer required.

Please contact us at with any questions.

Past Recipients

2024Ahmed Balboula, Animal Science
2024Jordan Booker, Psychological Sciences
2023Zhao Li, Textile and Apparel Management
2023Jessica Rodrigues, Special Education
2022Rebecca Grollemund, English
2022S. Christian Rozier, School of Visual Studies
2021Yicheng Gou, Physics & Astronomy
2021Laura Zangori, Learning, Teaching & Curriculum
2020Antoinette Landor, Human Development & Family Science
2020Meng-Hsuan (Dominic) Yang, History
2019Ashley Groh, Psychological Sciences
2019Cristina Mislan, Journalism
2018John Warren Huntley, Geological Sciences
2018Elizabeth King, Biological Sciences
2017Alice Dade, Music
2017Haojing Yan, Physics & Astronomy
2016Jim Schiffbauer, Geological Sciences
2015Gary Baker, Chemistry
2015Robert Walker, Anthropology
2014Ricardo M. Holdo, Biological Sciences
2014J. Brian Houston, Communication
2013Clintin Davis-Stober, Psychological Sciences
2012Justin Dyer, Political Science
2011Shawn Christ, Psychological Sciences
2010Adam Whaley-Connell, Nephrology; Douglas Steinley, Psychological Sciences
2009Henry He, Engineering
2008Angela Speck, Physics & Astronomy; Sean Nicholson-Crotty, Political Science
2007Eric Sandvol, Geological Sciences; Carsten Ullrich, Physics & Astronomy
2006Stefan Freund, Music
2005Jeffrey Rouder, Psychological Sciences
2004Shi-Jie Chen, Physics
2003Noah Heringman, English
2002Catherine E. Krull, Biological Sciences
2001David J. Eide, Nutritional Sciences
2000Gabriele Gratton, Psychological Sciences
1999Dennis Lubahn, Biochemistry and Child Health