Premier Research Award


The Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Premier Research Award recognizes and rewards an individual whose contributions to scientific knowledge through research are exemplary and internationally acclaimed.


A single award is presented annually. The recipient receives a memento. Funding is made possible through annual gifts from Engineering alumni and friends.


Any full-time College of Engineering faculty member who has been the recipient of the College’s Outstanding Research Award at least two years earlier and who has continued to develop as an exemplary researcher is eligible.


Nominations may be initiated by Engineering students, faculty, or department heads. Each nomination must, however, be submitted to the head of the candidate's academic unit for review and approval prior to submission to the Dean’s Office.

Each nomination should consist of:

  • a completed nomination form which includes specific examples detailing how the nominee embodies the spirit of the award;
  • a one-page letter of nomination from the initiator;
  • a maximum of three letters of support from faculty, students, staff, or administrators;
  • each support letter will be one page in length and will have one signature.


A committee appointed by the Dean of Engineering will make selection. The committee will consist of PSEAS representatives, recent past award recipient, representative from the following group: distinguished professors, endowed professors and endowed chairs, and the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs.


Past recipients are ineligible.