Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant Award ($500)

Faculty, staff, and students may submit nominations 

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual each year who has chosen a career as a Faculty Research Assistant (FRA), Senior Faculty Assistant (SFRA), Research Associate (RA) and has a record of outstanding job performance and contributions. Career FRAs and RAs typically serve in research support or lab or instrument facility management roles. 


This award is intended for those individuals who have chosen a career in research support or lab management that are typical of FRA positions. Postdoctoral associates whose career stage is a stepping stone to a career as a research scientist are not eligible, unless a compelling case can be made for including this individual. Contact the Associate Dean for Research to discuss this case.

  • Nominees must be members of the research faculty (non-academic) within the College of Science
  • At the time of nomination, the nominee must have a minimum of three years of continuous service in the College of Science at half-time or more
  • Nominees have chosen a career as an FRA, SFRA, or RA.
Selection Criteria
  • Exceptional job performance
  • Innovativeness in work
  • Scholarly achievements, publications, or programs
  • Evidence of favorable peer respect
  • Evidence of continued professional growth
  • Career as an FRA, SFRA or RA
  • Participation in University and community affairs
  • Contributions valuable to the state of Oregon
Nomination Guidelines
  • Nomination letter on letterhead (1 page). Include a statement on the candidate's chosen career path in a research support role
  • 2-page biographical sketch addressing award criteria
  • Brief 1-page summary of the candidate's position description
  • Submit one-compiled pdf to research.development@science.oregonstate.edu

Nominations that do not meet the guidelines will be returned to the nominator without review.

 Previous Award Winners
Stephanie Bollmann, Integrative Biology, 2022
Bill Freund, Chemistry, 2019
Jie Zhang, Chemistry, 2018
Jonathan Robinson, Integrative Biology, 2017
Dana Howe, Integrative Biology, 2015
Myra Koesdjojo, Chemistry, 2014
Nathan Lopez, Biochemistry & Biophysics, 2013
Lanelle Connolly, Biochemistry & Biophysics, 2012
Jeffrey Morre, Chemistry, 2011
Jerod Sapp, Zoology, 2010
Kevin Vergin, Microbiology, 2009
Viola Manning, Botany & Plant Pathology, 2008
Linda Benson, Biochemistry & Biophysics, 2007 
Mark Meyers, Geosciences, 2006
Samuel Bradford, Zoology, 2006

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