College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award for Early Career Research

Purpose: The purpose of this award is to recognize a faculty member in the College of Engineering for early career research excellence.

Due: February 1, 2024

Eligibility: Faculty members with at least a half-time appointment in the College of Engineering holding the rank of.

  • Assistant professor.
  • Associate professor who has been in that rank for no more than three years.
Those who have previously received this award are no longer eligible.



  • Description of most important/innovative research contributions.
  • Impact of those contributions on society, government, defense, industry or the disciplines of engineering.
  • Evidence of impact including national and international recognition, recognition from beneficiaries of research etc.


  • Candidates may be nominated by any faculty or staff member in the College of Engineering.
  • The nomination package should include:
    1. Completed cover sheet.
    2. One letter of nomination (no longer than two pages) that addresses how the nominee has demonstrated excellence in meeting the award criteria.
    3. Three letters of support. At least one from a colleague(s) at a peer institution(s) and the rest from Purdue faculty colleague(s) (other than the nominator). Letter writers should explicitly address the award criteria.
    4. The above documents should be combined into a single PDF file.
    5. A complete curriculum vitae is to be submitted separately.
  • The awardee will receive a cash award of $2,500, an individual plaque, and will be honored during the annual faculty awards banquet.
  • If multiple nominations for one individual are received, the nominators will be contacted and asked to collaborate in order to submit one nomination package.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.