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Call for Nominations: Aberle and Toepfer Fellows

Nominations are now being accepted for two CALS faculty awards for 2011-12 that recognize promising assistant professors in the early stages of their careers:

The Elton D. and Carrie R. Aberle Faculty Fellow Award — This award is open to CALS assistant professors in the second through fifth year of their first tenure-track appointment and carries a one-year stipend of $6,000. The award is to provide assistance to  early-career faculty in collecting data necessary to compete for extramural research funding and is to be used for a targeted purpose such as providing tuition remission support or S&E necessary to collect samples. Faculty salary and fringe benefit support is not allowable on this award. Preference will be given to a faculty member in the agricultural or natural resource sciences. In order to provide support to the greatest number of faculty, awards will not be renewable.

The Alfred Toepfer Faculty Fellow Award — This award is open to CALS assistant professors in the second through fifth year of their first tenure-track appointment and carries a one-year stipend of $6,000. The award is to support the fellow’s research program but cannot be used for salary. Selection criteria for the fellow include: 1) high quality doctorate and/or post-doctorate research that has been published in appropriate and respected peer-reviewed journals; 2) progress toward developing an active, productive, externally funded research program that has potential to produce significant new knowledge and insights in the field of the nominee; 3) evidence that the nominee’s research has important applications or potential applications that will benefit agriculture, natural resources or human well-being; and 4) evidence that the nominee is on a trajectory to becoming a leading authority in their discipline.

Nominations for both awards must include:

  • A cover letter from the nominee’s department chair
  • The nominee’s current CV
  • A summary (not to exceed two pages) of the nominee’s research that details how research program goals meet the criteria outlined above
  • A description of the nominee’s specific financial need related to research goals (Aberle award only).

Note: Zero dollar faculty, such as USDA employees, can be nominated for these awards. Recipients must be in the second, third, fourth, or fifth year of their pre-tenure appointment during the time they hold the award.
An individual may hold the award for two years.

Proposals must be submitted in completion by 4 p.m., April 15, 2011, to the CALS Dean’s Office, Room 140, Agricultural Hall. Proposals will be reviewed by the CALS Research Advisory Committee.

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