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Distinguished Friend of Science Award  NOMINATIONS NOW CLOSED

In 2006, the Board of Trustees established two SURA Distinguished Service Awards: the Distinguished Scientist Award* and the Distinguished Friend of Science Award*.  These are presented to those who have worked to support the SURA mission "to advance collaborative research and education and to strengthen the scientific capabilities of the Southeast and nation." (Awards come with a cash honorarium.)

SURA presented its 2011 Distinguished Friend of Science Award to Neal F. Lane (center), former NSF Director and
White House Science Advsisor on November 9, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (See Press Release.)     [L to R] Jerry P. Draayer,
SURA President & CEO; Lane; and Jim Siedow, SURA Board of Trustees Chair & Vice Provost for Research, Duke University.

* * *   2014 SURA Distinguished Friend of Science Award Nomination Process & Timeline   * * *

The SURA Chief Public Affairs Officer will manage this award for the Executive Committee. The following guidelines will govern the nomination process:

(1) Only SURA Board of Trustees and Council of Presidents members are eligible to submit a nomination (limited to one nomination per SURA member institution.)

(2) All nomination materials must be submitted in electronic form to award@sura.org.

(3) The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 23, 2014 at 5 p.m. EDT.

(4) Nominations should include:

  • A concise letter of nomination on the qualifications of the nominee from the trustee or president, which includes contact information for the nominee; and
  • A comprehensive and up-to-date curriculum vitae or biographical sketch of the nominee.

(5) The Executive Committee may choose to consider nominations from the past two years as well as the current year - though each institution may nominate only one Distinguished Friend of Science candidate per year. They may also consider additional recommendations from the Development & Relations Committee and SURA staff.

NEWS Fall 2006: Senator Alexander Honored with "Friend of Science" Award
NEWS Spring 2007: UGA Biologist, Wessler, Named SURA Distinguished Scientist
NEWS Fall 2007: Senator Warner Awarded "Friend of Science" by SURA
NEWS Spring 2008: U of FL Microbiologist Named SURA Distinguished Scientist
NEWS Spring 2009: SURA Names U of TX Chemist "Distinguished Scientist"
NEWS Fall 2009: Augustine Honored with Friend of Science Award

NEWS Spring 2010: UT Austin Professor Named SURA Distinguished Scientist
NEWS Fall 2010: SURA to Honored Former Governor Robb
NEWS Spring 2011: U of SC Chemist Named SURA Distinguished Scientist
NEWS Fall 2011: SURA to Honor Former NSF Director, White House Science Advisor

*  SURA Distinguished Friend of Science Award(To be presented at the Fall 2014 Board of Trustees meeting, selected by the SURA Executive Committee)  Presented to an individual (or organization) whose extraordinary efforts fulfill the SURA mission to "advance collaborative reserach and education and to strengthen the scientific capabilities of the Southeast and nation.”  This award is to be presented to an individual whose extraordinary efforts in the private sector, or in a federal, state or local governmental capacity serve, or have served, to fulfill the SURA mission. The award comes with a $10,000 honorarium, which can be designated to a higher education charitable cause.

*  SURA Distinguished Scientist Award (To be presented at SURA Spring 2015 Board of Trustees meeting hosted at a SURA member institution campus.)  Presented to a research scientist from a SURA member institution whose extraordinary work fulfills the SURA mission "advance collaborative reserach and education and to strengthen the scientific capabilities of the Southeast and nation.”  No person may be eligible for the Distinguished Scientist Award who is/or has been a Board of Trustees member within the past two years.  The award comes with a $10,000 cash honorarium.


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