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List of NC State Faculty Honors and Awards

Academies and Societies

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences serves the nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge. As one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, the Academy convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world. NC State is an affiliate institution of the Academy.

  • Walt Wolfram, English, 2019
  • Trudy Mackay, Biological Sciences, 2005
  • Joseph DeSimone, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (joint appointment with UNC Chapel Hill Department of Chemistry), 2005
  • William Atchley, Biological Sciences, 2003
  • RaJade Berry-James, Public and International Affairs, 2019

The National Academy of Public Administration has helped government leaders solve their most critical management challenges since 1967. This academy was congressionally chartered to provide expert advice to government leaders in building and managing more effective, efficient, equitable, accountable, and transparent organization

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a peer-elected society of distinguished scholars. As a private, non-profit organization, it provides independent, objective advice on matters relating to science and technology. Established in 1863, the active membership of the NAS is committed to furthering science globally.

  • Rodolphe Barrangou, Genetics (Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences), 2018
  • Joseph DeSimone, Chemistry (Engineering Sciences), 2012
  • Fred Gould, Animal Nutritional, and Applied Microbial Sciences (Evolutionary Biology), 2011
  • Trudy F. C. MacKay, Evolutionary Biology (Genetics), 2010
  • Todd R. Klaenhammer, Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences, 2001
  • David E. Aspnes, Applied Physical Sciences (Physics), 1998
  • Ronald R. Sederoff, Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences, 1995
  • C. S. Levings, III (deceased), Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences, 1987
  • Major M. Goodman, Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences (Plant Biology), 1986
  • Arthur Kelman (deceased), Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences, 1976
  • C. Clark Cockerham (deceased), Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences, 1974
  • Ellis B. Cowling, Human Environmental Sciences (Environmental Sciences and Ecology), 1973
  • George H. Hepting (deceased), Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences, 1969
  • Thomas F. Malone (deceased), Human Environmental Sciences (Geophysics), 1968
  • Clement L. Markert (deceased), Animal, Nutritional, and Applied Microbial Sciences, 1967
  • Stanley G. Stephens (deceased), Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences, 1967
  • L.H. Thomas (deceased), Applied Mathematical Sciences, 1958

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE), founded under the NAS charter in 1964, provides leadership for engineering-related service to the United States. Its mission is to promote the engineering profession and to marshal the expertise of the nation’s eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters concerning engineering and technology.

  • Frances Ligler, Biomedical Engineering, 2021 (Simon Ramo Founders Award)
  • Louis Martin-Vega, Engineering, 2021
  • Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou, Special Fields and Interdisciplinary (Bioengineering), 2019
  • Paul J. Turinsky, Electric Power/Energy Systems Engineering (Special Fields & Interdisciplinary Engineering), 2017
  • Jagdish Narayan, Materials Engineering (Bioengineering), 2017
  • Kenneth Ray Swartzel (emeritus), Special Fields & Interdisciplinary Engineering (Bioengineering), 2016
  • J. Michael Ramsey, Bioengineering, 2014
  • Ruben Carbonell, Chemical Engineering (Bioengineering), 2014
  • Carl C. Koch, Materials Engineering, 2014
  • Joseph DeSimone, Materials Engineering (Chemical Engineering), 2005
  • Carol K. Hall, Chemical Engineering, 2005
  • Frances S. Ligler, Bioengineering (Special Fields and Interdisciplinary Engineering), 2005
  • Thom Joel Hodgson, Industrial, Manufacturing and Operational Systems Engineering, 2001
  • James A. Trainham III (adjunct; JDC Phosphate, Inc.), Chemical Engineering, (Bioengineering), 1997
  • Vivian T. Stannett (deceased), Materials Engineering (Chemical Engineering), 1995
  • B. Jayant Baliga, Electronics, Communication and Information Systems Engineering, 1993
  • Jerome J. Cuomo, Materials Engineering (Electronics, Communication and Information Systems Engineering), 1993
  • R. Wayne Skaggs, Special Fields and Interdisciplinary Engineering (Civil Engineering), 1991
  • Keith E. Gubbins, Chemical Engineering, 1989
  • Paul Zia, Civil Engineering, 1983
  • Alan Michaels (deceased), Chemical Engineering (Bioengineering), 1979
  • Warren L. McCabe (deceased), Chemical Engineering, 1977
  • Ralph E. Fadum (deceased), Civil Engineering, 1975
  • Donald L. Bitzer, Computer Science and Engineering (Electronics, Communication and Information Systems Engineering), 1974

Formerly the National Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) was established in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences to advise on medical- and health-related issues. An independent organization of preeminent professionals from health and medicine; the natural, social and behavioral sciences; and related fields, NAM addresses critical issues and policy related to national and global health and medicine.

  • Joseph DeSimone, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2014
  • Jim Riviere, Toxicology, 2003
  • Clement L. Markert (deceased), Biology, 1974

Founded in 2010, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) recognizes and encourages inventors with U.S.-issued patents, enhances the visibility of academic technology and innovation, promotes the disclosure of intellectual property, educates and mentors students, and assists member institutions in translating innovation to benefit society. NC State is a member institution. The NAI Fellows program is the highest professional distinction conferred solely to academic inventors. NAI Fellows are nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation through patents, licensing, discovery and technology, significant impact to society, and support and enhancement of innovation.

  • Yuntian Zhu, Materials Science and Engineering 2023
  • Afsaneh Rabiei, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2023 (Senior Member)
  • Fred Kish, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2022
  • Paul Dayton, Biomedical Program, College of Engineering. 2021 (Senior Member)
  • Donald Freytes, Biomedical Program, College of Engineering, 2021 (Senior Member)
  • Frederick Kish, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2021
  • Roger Narayan, Biomedical Engineering, 2020 (Senior Member)
  • Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science, 2020
  • Thomas Ranney, Horticultural Science, 2020
  • Ismail Guvenc, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2019 (Senior Member)
  • Rodolphe Barrangou, Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, 2019
  • Kenneth Swartzel, Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, 2019
  • Sylvia Blankenship, Horticultural Science, 2018
  • Michael Escuti, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2018 (Senior Member)
  • Koji Sode, Biomedical Engineering, 2018
  • Donald Bitzer, Computer Science, 2017
  • William Ditto, Physics, 2017
  • Robert Heath, JR, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2017
  • Ruben G. Carbonell, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2016
  • Frances S. Ligler, Biomedical Engineering, 2016
  • B. Jayant Baliga, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2016
  • Jagdish Narayan, Materials Science and Engineering, 2014
  • Nancy Allbritton, Biomedical Engineering, 2014
  • Joseph M. DeSimone, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2013
  • Jerome J. Cuomo, Materials Science and Engineering, 2013
  • David Aspnes, Physics, 2013
  • Franky So, Materials Science and Engineering, 2012

Inductees into the National Inventors Hall of Fame hold a U.S. patent for an invention that has contributed to the progress of science and the useful arts, as well as the nation’s welfare.

  • Rodolphe Barrangou, Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, 2023
  • Sylvia Blankenship, Horticultural Science Emerita, 2021
  • Frances S. Ligler, Portable Optical Biosensors, 2017
  • B. Jayant Baliga, Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor, 2017
  • Donald Bitzer, Plasma Display, 2013
  • Willard Bennett (deceased), Radio Frequency Mass Spectrometer, 1991

The Royal Society is a fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. The Society’s fundamental purpose is to recognize, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

  • Trudy Mackay, Anatomy, Physiology and Neurosciences; Organismal Biology, Evolution and Ecology, 2006

Awards and Prizes

The Holladay Medal for Excellence recognizes members of the faculty whose careers have demonstrated outstanding achievement and sustained impact in research, teaching, or extension and engagement.

  • Thomas Barrie, Architecture, 2024
  • Linda Hanley-Bowdoin, Plant and Microbial Biology, 2024
  • Korukonda (K.L.) Murty, Nuclear Engineering, 2024
  • Laurie Williams, Computer Science, 2024
  • Jerzy (Jerry) Bernholc, Physics, 2023
  • Mary Haskett, Psychology, 2023
  • Audrey Jaeger, Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development, 2022
  • James Kiwanuka-Tondo, Communication, 2022
  • James Lester, Computer Science, 2022
  • Veena Misra, Computer and Electrical Engineering, 2022
  • Richard Spontak, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, 2022
  • Robert Kelly, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2021
  • Robin Moore, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, 2021
  • Mohamed Bourham, Nuclear Engineering, 2020 
  • Victoria Gallagher, Communication, 2020
  • Wayne Place, Architecture, 2020
  • Donald Bitzer, Computer Science, 2019
  • Youngsoo (Richard) Kim, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, 2019
  • Harald Ade, Physics, 2018
  • Barry Goodwin, Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2018
  • Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Textiles, 2018
  • Abdel-Fattah Seyam, Textiles, 2018
  • Harold S. Freeman, Textiles, 2017
  • Lee-Ann Jaykus, Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences, 2017
  • Michael B. Steer, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2017

For the full list of recipients (1992-2018), click here.

The Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement (DRA) Award is Division 20’s most prestigious award. It has been established to honor researchers with distinguished careers that have featured exceptional theoretical and empirical contributions to the psychological science of aging.

  • Tom Hess, Psychology, 2016

The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics is given annually for accomplishments in fundamental physics broadly defined, including advances in closely related fields with deep connections to physics.

  • Chris Gould, Physics, 2016
  • Albert Young, Physics, 2016

The Canada Gairdner International Award recognizes outstanding biomedical scientists who have made original contributions to medicine with the goal of contributing through research to increased understanding of human biology and disease.

  • Rodolphe Barrangou, Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, 2016

The Cottrell Scholars Collaborative aims to promote, develop, and implement the integration of transformative scientific discovery with teaching of science at U.S. colleges and universities.

  • Carla Fröhlich, Physics, 2017
  • Paul Maggard, Chemistry, 2010
  • Alexander Deiters, Chemistry, 2007
  • James Martin, Chemistry, 1997
  • John Blondin, Physics, 1996
  • David Shultz, Chemistry, 1995

The Governor James B. Holshouser Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service was created in 2007 to encourage, identify, recognize and reward public service by faculty of the UNC System. Faculty of any of the 17 institutions of the University of North Carolina are eligible. At its August 2013 meeting, the Board of Governors unanimously approved a resolution to rename the award after Governor James E. Holshouser, Jr.

  • Bonnie Fusarelli, Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development, 2022
  • Jane Hoppin, Biological Sciences, 2021
  • Walt Wolfram, English, 2018
  • Steve McKeand, Natural Resources, 2017

The Heinz Award for Technology, Economy and Employment honors individuals who have created and implemented innovative programs to advance regional or national economic growth through job creation, technology advancement, competitiveness and fair trade — all in a sustainable and environmentally safe manner.

  • Joseph DeSimone, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (joint appointment with UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Chemistry), 2018

The Marcus Wallenberg Prize recognizes, encourages and stimulates pathbreaking scientific achievements that contribute significantly to broadening knowledge and technical development within fields that are important to forestry and forest industries.

  • Ronald Sederoff, Forestry and Environmental Resources (retired), 2017

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI), created by statute in 1980, is America’s highest honor for technological achievement. Administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office and conferred by the president, the award recognizes individuals, teams, companies or divisions of companies whose contributions preserve America’s leadership in global technology and economic innovation.

  • Joseph DeSimone, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (joint appointment with UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Chemistry), 2015, 2016
  • B. Jayant Baliga, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2010
  • Jerome J. Cuomo, Materials Science and Engineering, 1995

The Faculty Early Career Development Award is one of the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

  • Julio Belmonte, Physics, 2024
  • Danjue Chen, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, 2024
  • Adolfo Escobedo, Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2024
  • Emily Hector, Statistics, 2024
  • Daniel Kelly, STEM Education, 2024
  • Yin Liu, Materials Science and Engineering, 2024
  • Samantha Marshall, Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, 2024
  • John-Paul Ore, Computer Science, 2024
  • Thomas Price, Computer Science, 2024
  • Wujie Wen, Computer Science, 2024
  • Jordan Kern, Forestry and Environmental Resources, 2023
  • David Rasmussen, Entomology and Plant Pathology, 2023
  • Nathan Crook, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2023
  • Ashly Cabas, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, 2022
  • Qing Gu, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2022
  • Jordan Kern, Forestry and Environmental Resources, 2022
  • Albert Keung, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2022
  • Sebastian Koenig, Physics, 2022
  • Spyros Pavlidis, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2022
  • David Rasmussen, Entomology and Plant Pathology, 2022
  • Bradley Reaves, Computer Science, 2022
  • Hao Su, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2022
  • Dali Sun, Physics, 2022
  • Wenyuan Tang, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2022
  • K.C. Busch, STEM Education, 2021
  • Alexandros Kapravelos, Computer Science, 2021
  • Natalie Nelson, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, 2021
  • Caroline Proulx, Chemistry, 2021
  • Ruozhou Yu, Computer Science, 2021
  • Veljko Dubljevic, Philosophy and Religious Studies, 2021
  • Lilian Hsiao, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2021
  • Christopher Parnin, Computer Science, 2021
  • Milad Abolhasani, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2020
  • Aydin Aysu, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2020
  • Doug Call, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, 2020
  • Wei-chen Chang, Chemistry, 2020
  • Jun Liu, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2020
  • Chris Martens, Computer Science, 2020
  • Kelly Lynn Mulvey, Psychology, 2020
  • Qingshan Wei, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2020
  • Ashley Brown, Biomedical Engineering, 2019
  • Matthew Bryant, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2019
  • Michael Daniele, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, 2019
  • Fernando Garcia Menendez, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, 2019
  • Xiaogang Hu, Biomedical Engineering, 2019
  • David Papp, Mathematics, 2019
  • Teomara (Teya) Rutherford, Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, 2019
  • Arvind Saibaba, Mathematics, 2019
  • Anna Stepanova, Plant and Microbial Biology, 2019
  • Yuan Yao, Forest Biomaterials, 2019
  • Eric Chi, Statistics, 2018
  • Landon Grace, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2018
  • Alexander Kemper, Physics, 2018
  • Divine Kumah, Physics, 2018
  • Kathryn Stolee, Computer Science, 2018
  • Veronica Augustyn, Materials Science and Engineering, 2017
  • Alper Bozkurt, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2017
  • Min Chi, Computer Science, 2017
  • Ramon Collazo, Materials Science and Engineering, 2017
  • Edgar Lobaton, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2017
  • Stefano Menegatti, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2017
  • Marcelo Ardon Sayao, Natural Resources, 2017
  • Nadia Singh, Biological Sciences, 2017
  • Lorena Bociu, Mathematics, 2016
  • Chih-Hao Chang, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2016
  • Hsaio-Ying Shadow Huang, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2016
  • Elena Jakubikova, Chemistry, 2016
  • Eric Laber, Statistics, 2016
  • Brina Montoya, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, 2016
  • Brendan O’Connor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2016
  • Srikanth Patala, Materials Science and Engineering, 2016
  • Rui Song, Statistics, 2016
  • Ross Sozzani, Plant and Microbial Biology, 2016

The Nicolas Appert Award awards individuals with consistent contributions to food science and technology.

  • E. Allen Foegeding, Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, 2016
  • Kenneth Swartzel, Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, 2013
  • Todd R. Klaenhammer, Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, 2007

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics & Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) program recognizes outstanding leaders in the national effort to develop fully the nation’s human resources in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

  • Elizabeth Perry, College of Engineering, The Engineering Place, 2012 
  • Laura Bottomley, College of Engineering, Women in Engineering and K-12 Outreach, 2007
  • Christine Grant, College of Engineering, Outreach from K-12 through Graduate Education and Mentoring Junior Faculty, 2003
  • NC State University, Representative: Sarah Rajala, College of Engineering, 2000

The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) embodies the high priority the federal government places on maintaining the leadership position of the U.S. in science by producing outstanding scientists and engineers and nurturing their continued development. The PECASE program recognizes and honors outstanding scientists and engineers at the outset of their independent research careers.

  • Lorena Bociu, Mathematics, 2019
  • Hsiao-Ying Shadow Huang, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2019
  • Michael Escuti, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2010
  • Carla Mattos, Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, 2003
  • Jason Haugh, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2002
  • Veena Misra, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2001

The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is the most prestigious award for exceptional teaching given to professional full-time faculty from among NC State’s 10 colleges and the University College. The award was established in 2021 to underscore the importance of teaching and to encourage, identify, recognize, reward, and support teaching within the university

  • Stephanie Jeffries, Forestry and Environmental Resources, 2023-24
  • Miles Engell,  Biological Sciences, 2022-23
  • Lisa Bullard, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2021-22

The Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, is designed to honor great teachers, to stimulate discussion in the academy about the value of teaching and to encourage institutions to value their own great teachers. 

  • Hollylynne Lee, STEM Education, 2022

The Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching is the most prestigious award given to faculty for teaching excellence. It was established in 1993 to underscore the importance of teaching and to encourage, identify, recognize, reward and support good teaching within the university.

  • Paul W. Mulvey, Department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 2024
  • Jason Bocarro, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, 2023
  • Laura Clarke, Physics, 2022
  • Hasan Jameel, Forest Biomaterials, 2021
  • Hollylynne Lee, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education, 2020
  • Patrick Rand, Architecture, 2019
  • Melissa Pasquinelli, Textiles, 2018
  • Maria T. Oliver-Hoyo, Chemistry, 2017
  • Jeffrey Joines, Textile Engineering, 2016
  • David Haase, Physics, 2015
  • George Hess, Forestry and Environmental Resources, 2014
  • Rupert W. Nacoste, Psychology, 2013
  • Stephen Reynolds, Physics, 2012
  • Sarah Ash, Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, 2011
  • Robert Beichner, Physics, 2010
  • Maxine Atkinson, Sociology and Anthropology, 2009
  • Richard Spontak, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2008
  • William Swallow, Statistics, 2007
  • C. Gerald VanDyke, Botany, 2006
  • Paul Tesar, Architecture, 2005
  • Robert Patterson, Botany, 2004
  • David Ollis, Chemical Engineering, 2003
  • Vincent Foote, Industrial Design, 2002
  • James Smallwood, Anatomy, Physiological Science and Radiology, 2001
  • Michael Pause, Art and Design, 2000
  • Richard Patty, Physics, 1999
  • Robert Beckmann, Botany, 2998
  • Richard Felder, Chemical Engineering, 1998
  • M. Thomas Hester, English, 1996
  • Forrest Hentz, Chemistry, 1995

The Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) supports scientists and engineers who have received a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force’s mission and related challenges in science and engineering.

  • Jason Patrick, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, 2017
  • Venkat Narayanaswamy, Materials Science and Engineering, 2017
  • Srikanth Patala, Materials Science and Engineering, 2017
  • Philip Bradford, Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science, 2016

The Abraham Lincoln Honor Awards are the most prestigious departmental awards presented by the Secretary of Agriculture. Employees at all grade levels and private citizens are eligible for recognition. This year’s theme is “Strong Service and Superior Results.” As established in 2014, one Honor Award nomination (either individual or group) will be selected as the contribution that most closely embodies this year’s theme and will receive special recognition at the ceremony.

  • David Marshall, Plant Pathology, 2017

The Early Career Research Program, now in its ninth year, supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science.

  • Rubén Rellán-Álvarez, Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, 2022
  • Dali Sun, Physics, 2021
  • Veronica Augustyn, Materials Science and Engineering, 2019
  • Richard Longland, Physics, 2018

The Warren Alpert Foundation Prize, in association with Harvard Medical School, recognizes and honors one or more scientists, physicians and researchers whose scientific achievements have led to the prevention, cure or treatment of human diseases or disorders, and/or whose research constitutes a seminal scientific finding that holds great promise for ultimately changing our understanding of or ability to treat disease.

  • Rodolphe Barrangou, Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, 2016

Since 1978, five prizes have been awarded annually — four in the sciences and one in the arts on a regular basis. The Wolf Prize is awarded to renowned scientists and artists for their unique contribution “for the sake of humanity and for the friendly relations between nations, and without distinction of nationality, race, color, religion, sex, or political outlook.”

  • Trudy Mackay, Biological Sciences, 2016

Research Scholarships and Fellowships

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.

  • Lilian Hsiao, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2022
  • Cynthia Vinzant, Mathematics, 2020
  • Veronica Augustyn, Materials Science and Engineering, 2019
  • Tye Lidman, Mathematics, 2018
  • Zhen Gu, Biomedical Engineering, 2016
  • Jonathan Hauenstein, Mathematics, 2014
  • T. Gunnoe, Chemistry, 2004

The American Association of Anatomists C. J. Herrick Award in Neuroanatomy is a top early-career investigator honor that recognizes researchers who have made important contributions to biomedical science through their work in comparative neuroanatomy.

  • Christa Baker,  Biological Sciences, 2024

Election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers. Fellows are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.

  • Jose Alonso, Plant and Microbial Biology, 2024
  • Jenny Xiang, Plant and Microbial Biology, 2024
  • Christine Grant, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2024
  • David Berube, Communication, 2024
  • David Muddiman, Chemistry, 2024
  • Len Stefanski, Statistics, 2024
  • Jacqueline Hughes-Oliver, Statistics, 2023
  • Sindee Simon, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2023
  • Deyu Xie, Plant and Microbial Biology, 2023
  • Morton Barlaz, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, 2021
  • Marc Cubeta, Entomology and Plant Pathology, 2021
  • Karen Daniels, Physics, 2021
  • Jason Delborne, Forestry and Environmental Resources, 2021
  • Candace Haigler, Crop and Soil Sciences and Plant and Microbial Biology, 2021
  • Ayman Hawari, Nuclear Engineering, 2021
  • Shuijin Hu, Entomology and Plant Pathology, 2021
  • Mary Watzin, Forestry and Environmental Resources, 2021
  • Ruben Carbonell, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2020
  • Phil Castellano, Chemistry, 2020
  • Peter Fedkiw, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2020
  • Lewis Owen, Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, 2020
  • Jean Ristaino, Entomology and Plant Pathology, 2020
  • Munindar Singh, Computer Science, 2020
  • Brian Space, Chemistry, 2020
  • Paul Turinsky, Nuclear Engineering, 2020
  • Carol Hall, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2019
  • Jacqueline Krim, Physics, 2019
  • Ilse Ipsen, Mathematics, 2018
  • Tim Kelley, Mathematics, 2018
  • Jennifer Kuzma, Public and International Affairs, 2018
  • Louis Martin-Vega, Engineering, 2018
  • John Thomas, Physics, 2017
  • Anasatsios A. Tsiatis, Statistics, 2016
  • John Blondin, Physics, 2016
  • John Thomas, Physics, 2018
  • Anastasios Tsiatis, Statistics, 2016
  • Steven Clouse (retired), Biological Sciences, 2016
  • John Blondin, Physics, 2016
  • Christine Grant, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2016
  • Alyson Wilson, Statistics, 2015
  • Nancy Allbritton, Chemistry, 2014
  • David Dorman, Biological Sciences, 2014
  • Justin Schwartz, Industrial Science and Technology, 2014
  • Bruce Arne Sherwood, Physics, 2014
  • Mohammed Zikry, Engineering, 2014
  • Frances Ligler, Biological Sciences, 2013
  • David Ritchie, Biological Sciences, 2013
  • Patricia E. Simmons, Education, 2013
  • Yuntian Zhu, Engineering, 2012
  • Harald Ade, Physics, 2011
  • Jerry Bernholc, Physics, 2011
  • E. Allen Foegeding, Agriculture, Food and Renewable Resources, 2011
  • Fred Gould, Agriculture, Food and Renewable Resources, 2011
  • H. Thomas Banks, Mathematics, 2010
  • Robert J. Trew, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2010
  • Todd Klaenhammer, Biological Sciences, 2009
  • Michael J. Vepraskas, Agriculture, Food and Renewable Resources, 2008
  • Steven A. Lommel, Agriculture, Food and Renewable Resources, 2007
  • Roger J. Narayan, Industrial Science and Technology, 2007
  • Robert Anholt, Biological Sciences, 2006
  • Vincent L. Chiang, Biological Sciences, 2006
  • Marie Davidian, Statistics, 2006
  • Robert M. Kelly, Engineering, 2006
  • Coby Schal, Agriculture, Food and Renewable Resources, 2006
  • James H. Hunt, Biological Sciences, 2005
  • Joann Burkholder, Biological Sciences, 2004
  • Steven Spiker, Biological Sciences, 2004
  • Trudy Mackay, Biological Sciences, 2003
  • John E. Rowe, Physics, 2003
  • Ronald Sederoff, Agriculture, Food and Renewable Resources, 2003
  • David Aspnes, Physics, 2002
  • Wendy Boss, Biological Sciences, 2002
  • Margaret E. Daub, Biological Sciences, 2002
  • Leon Earl Gray, Biological Sciences, 1999
  • Gene Eisen, Agriculture, Food and Renewable Resources, 1998
  • Gerald J. Iafrate, Physics, 1994
  • Roger Powell, Biological Sciences, 1992
  • Nina Allen, Biological Sciences, 1990
  • James Kalat, Psychology, 1988
  • Jagdish Narayan, Engineering, 1984
  • Donald Bitzer, Engineering, 1983
  • Arthur Cooper, Agriculture, Food and Renewable Resources, 1965
  • Robert R. Reeber, Engineering, 1965
  • Charles W. Welby, Geology and Geography, 1962
  • Edward W. Glazener (deceased), Agriculture, Food and Renewable Resources, 1957

The ACE Fellows Program helps ensure that higher education’s future leaders are ready to take on real-world challenges and serve the capacity-building needs of their institutions.

  • Kwesi Craig Brookins, Psychology, 2018
  • Lisa Guion Jones, Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2016

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences, advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies.

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship

  • James Mulholland, English, 2016
  • Paul Fyfe, English, 2018

Luce Fellowship

  • Levi McLaughlin, Religious Studies, 2018

Pathway to Stop Diabetes® is a bold, innovative initiative designed to radically transform diabetes research. Its vision is simple yet revolutionary: find a new generation of brilliant scientists at the peak of their creativity, then provide them with the freedom, autonomy, and financial and professional resources to set them on the road to breakthrough discoveries.

  • Zhen Gu, Biomedical Engineering, 2015

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

  • Jere Confrey, Mathematics Education, 2017

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. To this end, it supports exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work.

  • Megan Cherry, History, 2018

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation provides grants to researchers and non-profit research institutions in chemistry and the life sciences to promote scientific discoveries — and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research.

  • Elena Schroeter, Biological Sciences, 2017

The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers recent Ph.D. graduates the chance to develop research tools, resources and services while exploring new career opportunities. CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows work on projects that forge and strengthen connections among library collections, educational technologies and current research. Host institutions benefit from fellows’ field-specific expertise by gaining insights into their collections’ potential uses and users, scholarly information behaviors, and current teaching and learning practices.

  • Paul Broyles, NC State University Libraries, 2016

The Packard Foundation established the Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering to allow the nation’s most promising professors to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited reporting requirements.

  • Seth Sullivant, Mathematics, 2009

Fulbright Canada and Carleton University have established dedicated research chairs in support of educational programming, teaching and research. This opportunity will allow extraordinary American scholars and top-tier applied researchers to spend one academic year as a visiting research scholar working in a targeted area of academic inquiry.

  • Fernando Garcia Menendez, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, 2024

Fulbright Canada Research Chairs are intended for Canadian citizens who are exceptional scholars and/or experienced professionals who wish to conduct research and/or lecture in the United States. Fulbright Canada Research Chairs are pre-arranged affiliations that allow scholars to conduct research or lecture on subjects that are important to that university. Partner universities are excited to welcome the Fulbright Visiting Chairs into campus life and encourage them to engage with students, faculty, and the broader community.

  • Jennifer Kuzma, Genetic Engineering, 2017-18

The Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program comprises approximately 40 distinguished lecturing, distinguished research and distinguished lecturing/research awards ranging from three to 12 months. Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.

  • Patrick Rand, Architecture, 2018-19

Fulbright Future Scholarships fund projects that have potential tangible impact. They fund projects that seek to advance cutting-edge applied science, support the development of new or existing medical treatments or devices, kick start innovative business collaborations that foster the creation of new jobs or further the development of impact-driven emergent technologies.

  • Iqbal Husain, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2022

The Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants.

  • Lauren Brooks, World Languages and Cultures, 2023-24
  • Nora Haenn, Sociology and Anthropology, 2023-24
  • Jason Hou, Nuclear Engineering, 2023-24
  • Fikret Isik, Forestry and Environmental Resources, 2023-24
  • Praveen Kolar, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, 2023-24
  • Venkat Narayanaswamy, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2023-24
  • Adriana San Miguel, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2023-24
  • Intae Yoon,  Social Work, 2023-24
  • Karen Daniels, Physics, 2022-23
  • Colleen Doherty, Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, 2022-23
  • Kate Nartker, Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management, 2022-23
  • Jean Ristaino, Entomology and Plant Pathology, 2022-23
  • Charles Smith, Statistics, 2022-23
  • Carla Barbieri, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, 2019-20
  • David Dorman, Molecular Biomedical Sciences, 2019-20
  • Maria Oliver-Hoyo, Molecular Biomedical Sciences, 2019-20
  • Margareta Thomson, Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, 2019-20
  • James Levis, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, 2018-19
  • Maria Oliver-Hoyo, Chemistry, 2018-19
  • Margareta Thompson, Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, 2018-19
  • Micah Vandegrift, NC State University Libraries, 2018-19 
  • Heidi Hobbes, Public and International Affairs, 2017-18  
  • James Kiwanuka-Tondo, Communication, 2017-18
  • Mark Nance, Public and International Affairs, 2017-18
  • Jean Ristaino, Entomology and Plant Pathology, 2017-18
  • Julieta Sherk, Horticulture Science, 2017-18
  • Gnanamanikam (Kumar) Mahinthakumar, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, 2016-17
  • John Nietfeld, Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, 2016-17
  • Robert C. Kochersberger, English, 2015-16
  • Patricia Marshall, Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, 2015-16
  • David Buchwalter, Biological Sciences, 2014-15
  • Stefan Franzen, Chemistry, 2014-15

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation offers fellowships to exceptional individuals in pursuit of scholarship in any field of knowledge and creation in any art form, under the freest possible conditions.

  • Eduardo Corral, English, 2022
  • Julia Rudolph, History, 2021

The Humboldt Research Fellowship is for researchers of all nationalities and research areas. They support postdoctoral and experienced researchers with their research in Germany.

  • Fanxing Li, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2021

The Institute for Advanced Study is pledged to assemble a group of scientists and scholars who with their pupils and assistants may devote themselves to the task of pushing beyond the present limits of human knowledge and to training those who may “carry on” in this sense.

  • Steven Vincent, History, 2016

The contribution of state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering and medicine to the formulation and implementation of U.S. government policy and international development has been recognized throughout the second half of the 20th-century as a critical element in reaching sound, comprehensive conclusions that reflect “good governance.” The Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program establishes a new model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering and medical communities in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and international development programming. 

  • Richard Spoktak, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2023
  • Warren Jasper, Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science, 2021
  • Kathleen Vogel, Political Science, 2016

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships are competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis and clear writing. Applications must clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences or both. Fellowships provide recipients time to conduct research or to produce books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions resulting from previous research. Projects may be at any stage of development.

  • Kristen Alff, History, 2022-23
  • David Ambaras, History, 2022-23
  • Marsha Gordon, English, 2020-21
  • David Ambaras, History, 2019-20
  • Frederico Freitas, History, 2019
  • Brent Sirota, History, 2019

The National Humanities Center provides a rich intellectual setting for individual research and the exchange of ideas. Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, near Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, the Center affords access to the vibrant cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. The stunning Archie K. Davis building includes private studies for Fellows, conference rooms, a central commons for dining, lounges, and reading areas.

  • Xiaolin Duan, History, 2022-23
  • Frederico Freitas, History, 2022-23
  • Blair Kelley, Interdisciplinary Studies and International Programs, 2022-23
  • Jason Miller, English, 2022-23
  • Tim Stinson, English, 2021-22
  • Ryan Emanuel, Forestry and Environmental Resources, 2020-21
  • Marsha Gordon, English, 2019-2020
  • Katherine Mellen Charron, History, 2019-2020
  • David Gilmartin, History, 2018-19
  • Matthew Booker, History, 2016-17

Our University Faculty Scholars Program provides faculty a permanent increase to their base salary to support their academic endeavors. The link will take you to more information about the award, a list of the most recent recipients, and a link to previous years’ recipients.

RTI International launched the RTI University Scholars Program in 2014 as a catalyst for promoting research collaborations between the institution and North Carolina’s top academic scholars. The program provides support for distinguished academic researchers to spend a year of scholarly leave time from their home institutions to participate in projects that will form the basis of groundbreaking research in the future.

  • Roger Narayan, Biomedical Engineering, 2019
  • Hollylynne Lee, Mathematics and Statistics Education, 2018
  • Yang Zhang, Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, 2017
  • James Levis, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, 2017
  • Owen Duckworth, Social Sciences, 2016
  • Nagui Rouphail, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, 2016

The Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship Program seeks to increase the presence of minority junior faculty members and other faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities. The Fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports the Mellon Foundation’s mission to strengthen, promote and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies.

  • Judy Kertész, History, 2017

Research Leadership Academy

The Research Leadership Academy was established in 2016 to promote a culture of research leadership at NC State. It complements two other groups honoring NC State faculty, the Academy of Outstanding Teachers, managed by the Office of Faculty Development, and the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension, managed by the Office of Outreach and Engagement.