Nine CALS faculty honored with Vilas professorships, awards

Nine CALS faculty members, listed below, were among 34 UW-Madison faculty selected to receive Vilas professorships and awards this year. The awards are supported by the estate of professor, Senator and Regent William F. Vilas (1840-1908).

William Vilas. Photo: University of Wisconsin Digital Collection/University Archives

Created “for the advancement of learning,” Vilas Research Professorships are granted to candidates with proven research ability and unusual qualifications and promise. The recipients of the award have contributed significantly to the research mission of the university and are widely recognized both nationally and internationally. The professorship provides a salary supplement, funding for research expenses and a retirement supplement for faculty who serve at least 15 years as a Vilas Research Professor.

  • Jo Handelsman, Plant Pathology

Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorships recognize distinguished scholarship as well as standout efforts in teaching and service. The professorship provides five years of flexible funding – two-thirds of which is provided by the Office of the Provost through the generosity of the Vilas trustees and one-third provided by the school or college whose dean nominated the winner.

  • Caitilyn Allen, Plant Pathology
  • Richard Eisenstein, Nutritional Sciences
  • Alfred Hartemink, Soil Science
  • Richard Lindroth, Entomology
  • Patricia McManus, Plant Pathology

Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Awards recognize research and teaching excellence. The award provides flexible research funding for one year.

  • Victor Cabrera, Dairy Science
  • Guilherme Rosa, Animal Science

Vilas Faculty Early Career Investigator Awards recognize research and teaching excellence in faculty who are relatively early in their careers. The award provides flexible research funding for one year.

  • Matthew Ruark, Soil Science

For more information, see the original UW-Madison News article.