2018 Honors and Awards

National Academy of Inventors

National Academy of Sciences

Alfred P Sloan Research Fellowship

American Council of Learned Societies

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship

Luce Fellowship

Fulbright Scholars

NC State University Faculty Scholars


Comprehensive List of Honors and Awards

Academies & Societies

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences serves the nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge. As one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, the Academy convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world. NC State is an affiliate institution of the Academy.

  • Trudy Mackay, Biological Sciences, 2005
  • Joseph DeSimoneChemical & Biomolecular Engineering (joint appointment with UNC Chapel Hill Department of Chemistry), 2005
  • William AtchleyBiological Sciences, 2003

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers. Fellows are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.

The National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a peer-elected society of distinguished scholars. As a private, non-profit organization, it provides independent, object advice matters relating to science and technology. Established in 1863, the active membership of the NAS is committed to furthering science globally.

The National Academy of Engineering

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE), founded under the NAS charter in 1964, provides leadership for engineering-related service to the United States. Its mission is to promote the engineering profession and to marshal the expertise of the nation’s eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters concerning engineering and technology.

The National Academy of Medicine

Formerly the National Institute of Medicine (NAM), the National Academy of Medicine was established in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences to advise on medical and health related issues. An independent organization of preeminent professionals from health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and related fields, NAM addresses critical issues and policy related to national and global health and medicine.

  • Joseph DeSimoneChemical & Biomolecular Engineering, 2014
  • Jim Riviere, Toxicology, 2003
  • Clement L. Markert (deceased), Biology, 1974

National Academy of Inventors

Founded in 2010, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) recognizes and encourages inventors with U.S. issued patents, enhances the visibility of academic technology and innovation, promotes the disclosure of intellectual property, educates and mentors students, and assists member institutions in translating innovation to benefit society. N.C. State is a member institution. The NAI Fellows program is the highest professional distinction conferred solely to academic inventors. NAI Fellows are nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation through patents, licensing, discovery and technology, significant impact to society, and support and enhancement of innovation.

National Inventors Hall of Fame

Inductees into the National Inventors Hall of Fame hold a U.S. patent for an invention that has contributed to the progress of science and the useful arts, as well as the nation’s welfare.

The Royal Society

The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. The Society’s fundamental purpose is to recognize, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

  • Trudy Mackay, Anatomy, physiology and neurosciences; Organismal biology, evolution and ecology, 2006


Awards & Prizes

American Psychological Association, Division 20: Adult Development and Aging, Baltes Distinguished Research Award
The Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement (DRA) Award is Div. 20’s most prestigious award. It has been established to honor researchers with distinguished careers that have featured exceptional theoretical and empirical contributions to the psychological science of aging.

Canada Gairdner International Award

The Canada Gairdner International Award recognizes outstanding biomedical scientists who have made original contributions to medicine with the goal of contributing through research to increased understanding of human biology and disease.

Marcus Wallenberg Prize

The Marcus Wallenberg Prize recognizes, encourages and stimulates pathbreaking scientific achievements which contribute significantly to broadening knowledge and to technical development within the fields of importance to forestry and forest industries.

National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI), created by statute in 1980, is America’s highest honor for technological achievement. Administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office and conferred by the President, the award recognizes individuals, teams, companies, or divisions of companies whose contributions preserve America’s leadership in global technology and economy innovation.

  • Joseph DeSimoneChemical & Biomolecular Engineering (joint appointment with UNC Chapel Hill Department of Chemistry), 2015
  • B. Jayanat BaligaElectrical and Computer Engineering, 2010
  • Jerome J. CuomoMaterials Science & Engineering, 1995

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics & Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) program recognizes outstanding leaders in the national effort to develop fully the nation’s human resources in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

  • Elizabeth Perry, College of Engineering, The Engineering Place, 2012 
  • Laura BottomleyCollege of Engineering, Women in Engineering and K-12 Outreach, 2007
  • Christine GrantCollege of Engineering, Outreach from K-12 through Graduate Education and Mentoring Junior Faculty, 2003
  • NC State University, Representative: Sarah Rajala, College of Engineering, 2000

Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers

The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) embodies the high priority the federal government places on maintaining the leadership position of the U.S. in science by producing outstanding scientists and engineers and nurturing their continued development. The PECASE program recognizes and honors outstanding scientists and engineers at the outset of their independent research careers.

  • Michael EscutiElectrical & Computer Engineering, 2010
  • Carla Mattos, Molecular & Structural Biochemistry, 2003
  • Jason HaughChemical & Biomolecular Engineering, 2002
  • Veena MisraElectrical & Computer Engineering, 2001

Warren Alpert Foundation Prize

The Warren Alpert Foundation Prize, in association with Harvard Medical School, recognizes and honors one or more scientists, physicians and researchers whose scientific achievements have led to the prevention, cure or treatment of human diseases or disorders, and/or whose research constitutes a seminal scientific finding that holds great promise of ultimately changing our understanding of or ability to treat disease.

Wolf Foundation - Wolf Prize in Agriculture

Sine 1978, five prizes have been awarded annually, four in the sciences and one in the arts on a regular basis. The Wolf Prize is awarded to renowned scientists and artists for their unique contribution “for the sake of humanity and for the friendly relations between nations, and without distinction of nationality, race, color, religion, sex, or political outlook.”

  • Trudy Mackay, Biological Sciences, 2016


Research Scholarships & Fellowships

Alfred P Sloan Research Fellowship

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.

  • Tye Lidman, Mathematics, 2018
  • Zhen GuBiomedical Engineering, 2016
  • Jonathan Hauenstein, Mathematics, 2014
  • T. GunnoeChemsitry, 2004

American Council of Learned Societies

ACLS is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences, advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies are central to our work.

American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes

Pathway to Stop Diabetes® is a bold, innovative initiative designed to radically transform diabetes research. Our vision is simple yet revolutionary: find a new generation of brilliant scientists at the peak of their creativity, then provide them with the freedom, autonomy, and financial and professional resources to set them on the road to breakthrough discoveries.

  • Zhen Gu, Biomedical Engineering, 2015

American Educational Research Association Fellow

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation provides grants to researchers and non-profit research institutions in chemistry and life sciences to promote scientific discoveries, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research.

Beckman Young Investigators

The BYI program is open to those within the first three years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent independent research appointment, at a United States academic or non-profit institution that conducts research in chemical and life sciences.

Council on Library and Information Resources Fellowship
The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers recent Ph.D. graduates the chance to develop research tools, resources, and services while exploring new career opportunities. CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows work on projects that forge and strengthen connections among library collections, educational technologies, and current research. Host institutions benefit from fellows’ field-specific expertise by gaining insights into their collections’ potential uses and users, scholarly information behaviors, and current teaching and learning practices.

David & Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship

The Packard Foundation established the Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering to allow the nation’s most promising professors to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited reporting requirements.

Fulbright Scholars

The Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants.

Jefferson Science Fellowship

The contribution of state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering, and medicine to the formulation and implementation of U.S. government policy and international development has been recognized throughout the second half of the 20th-century as a critical element in reaching sound, comprehensive conclusions that reflect “good governance.” The Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program established a new model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering, and medical communities in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and international development programming. 

  • Kathleen Vogel, Political Science, 2016

NC State University Faculty Scholars

Our University Faculty Scholars Program provides faculty a permanent increase to their base salary to support their academic endeavors.

RTI University Scholars

RTI International launched the RTI University Scholars Program in 2014 as a catalyst for promoting research collaborations between the institution and North Carolina’s top academic scholars. The program provides support for distinguished academic researchers to spend a year of scholarly leave time from their home institutions to participate in projects that will form the basis of ground-breaking research in the future.


Research Leadership Academy

The Research Leadership Academy was established in FY2016 to promote a culture of research leadership at NC State. It complements two other groups honoring NC State faculty, the Academy of Outstanding Teachers, managed by the Office of Faculty Development, and the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension, managed by the Office of Outreach and Engagement.