Nominees for Faculty Research Award Being Sought

Starting this year, two Barnie E. Rushing Jr. awards will be handed out in March.

Hongxing Jiang, Edward E. Whitacre Jr. Chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering, was last year's recepient of the award.

Hongxing Jiang, Edward E. Whitacre Jr. Chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering, was last year's recepient of the distinguished research award.

The Texas Tech University Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting nominations for the Barnie E. Rushing Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award.

The award, presented each year by the Texas Tech Parents Association, recognizes outstanding research and excellence in scholarship and creative activity by faculty of the university.

Beginning this year, two awards (one in each category) in the amount of $3,000 each will be given:

  • science, engineering, technology and math disciplines
  • social sciences, humanities and creative arts disciplines

Each college is requested to solicit nominations for the award from its faculty and select one name as the college’s nominee for the award. Nominees must hold the rank of assistant professor (or equivalent) or above, and their research contributions should be of such quality that their significance has been or likely will be recognized nationally by peers in the nominee’s own discipline.

Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of associate deans, who will rank the nominations based on quality of scholarship, quality of publications or creative works, and quality of the reference letters as criteria. Two nominees from each award category will be submitted to the Parents Association. The recipients of the Barnie Rushing Awards will be chosen by a Parents Association screening committee.

The winners of the Barnie Rushing Awards will be announced in March 2012. The two recipients also will be recognized and presented their $3,000 honorariums at the Texas Tech Parents Association spring scholarship breakfast. Even though a college’s nominee may not be selected for the Barnie Rushing Award, he or she will receive a $1,500 honorarium and will be recognized as the college’s researcher of the year at the spring faculty honors convocation.

College nominations are due to Linda True in the Office of the Vice President for Research by Nov. 22. For more information and a list of previous nominees and winners, visit the Barnie E. Rushing Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award website.


Office of Research and Innovation

The Office of Research and Innovation is tasked with facilitating excellence in research, scholarship and creative activity for Texas Tech students, faculty and staff. The office promotes an academic environment embracing creativity, curiosity, innovation, diversity, ethics and integrity.

Among other programs, the OR&I supports responsible and safe conduct of research, faculty development and recognition, interdisciplinary collaborations, externally sponsored research, partnerships with industry and community stakeholders, international research collaboration and the application of research for the benefit of society. The OR&I promotes a culture of creative expression, discovery, innovation and collaboration with the goal of advancing Texas Tech’s status as an elite national research university.

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