Nominations Now Being Accepted
The purpose of the San Jose State University Research Foundation Early Career
Investigator Award program is to recognize tenure-track faculty who have
excelled in the areas of research, scholarship or creative activity, evidenced
by their success in securing external funds for their research, peer reviewed
publications, and other scholarly and creative activities, at an early or
beginning point in their career.
Two award categories have been created to ensure the broadest participation
possible from all academic units. Category 1 awards a faculty member in the
Colleges of Science and Engineering, and Category 2 awards a faculty member in
all other colleges.
To be eligible for any of the Early Career Investigator Award, an individual
- Be a full-time Unit 3 faculty member
- Be tenure-track but non-tenured at the time of the nomination (probationary,
including assistant and associate faculty)
- Not have completed more than six full years in his or her tenure-track or
other comparable independent research appointment
- Not have received this award previously
III. Selection Criteria
In evaluating candidates for this award, consideration will be given to the
nominee?s history of research, scholarship and creative activities, recognition
of outstanding achievements by peers, and importance of the work to the
discipline and beyond as demonstrated by:
- Extraordinary externally peer reviewed funded contract and grant activity,
and demonstrated ways in which such awards contribute to the improvement of
the infrastructure, research capability, and recognition of San Jose State
- Publications in top-ranked peer-reviewed research journals, exhibits in
nationally-renowned galleries, and/or authorship of highly respected
scholarly books. Please provide specific information (name of journal, name
of exhibits and galleries, book citations, dates)
IV. Nomination Instructions
Nominations may come from the faculty member?s academic unit (deans and/or
chairs). Self-nominations will also be accepted. Please copy your dean and/or
chair should you submit a self-nomination.
Nominations should be in the form of a letter (maximum one page, 12 point Times
New Roman font) stating the reasons for nominating the faculty member and
describing the accomplishments of the nominee as appropriate to the award
Nominations should include a curriculum vita.
A selection committee will be established consisting of the Associate Vice
President for Graduate Studies and Research, the Deputy Chief Operating Officer
of the SJSU Research Foundation, and two active researchers, one each from a
college in Award Category 1 and one from a college in Award Category 2.
Nominations are due by March 30, 2012 for awards to be announced in early
May 2012. Please direct nominations to the SJSU Research Foundation;
Attention: Jerri Carmo, Deputy Chief Operating Officer.
V. Form of Award
Each award recipient will receive a commemorative plaque and a cash award of
$1,000 to be used at the recipient?s discretion. A permanent plaque listing
annual award recipients will be on display at the Research Foundation and
outside the Provost?s Office.
A profile of each recipient?s research accomplishments will be featured on the
Research Foundation?s website and other broadly distributed publications.