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Exemplary Researcher Award

This College-level award recognizes successful, currently active researchers with exemplary research activity, publication record and a graduate/undergraduate student mentorship program. The nomination process allows for nominations from three categories: Lifetime Career Achievement, Mid-Career Achievement and Early Career Achievement.

2023 Exemplary Researcher: Dr. Chen Geun Yoo

Chang Yoo standing on the stairs in front of double doors

Dr. Chen Geun Yoo, professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, the ESF Exemplary Researcher for 2023-24.

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2024 Exemplary Researcher: Dr. Chen Geun Yoo

Tristan Brown smiling Dr. Tristan Brown, professor in the Department of Sustainable Resources Management, the ESF Exemplary Researcher for 2024-25.

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Announcement and Nomination Procedure

March 4th, 2024

This high-profile college-level award recognizes excellence in a currently active researcher (faculty or professional staff) who has demonstrated exemplary research productivity through procurement of grants, publication record, and a successful graduate and undergraduate student research program, commensurate with experience as indicated below:

Lifetime Career Achievement

Purpose: To recognize outstanding career achievements in research activity.
Eligibility: Researchers who have attained more than 20 years since receiving the terminal degree and have been employed by ESF for a minimum of 10 years.

Criteria: Documented evidence of outstanding research accomplishments and impact of their work on their discipline; outstanding national and international recognition in the academic community; evidence of a substantial positive impact of research mentorship through undergraduate students, graduate students, and/or postdoctoral trainees.

Mid-Career Achievement

Purpose: To recognize outstanding research achievements at the mid-career stage.
Eligibility: Researchers who have attained 11 to 20 years since receiving the terminal degree and have been employed by ESF for a minimum of 7 years.

Criteria: Documented evidence of outstanding research accomplishments and impact of their work on their discipline; significant national and/or international recognition in the academic community; evidence of a positive impact of research mentorship through undergraduate students, graduate students, and/or postdoctoral trainees.

Early Career Achievement

Purpose: To recognize accomplishments in research unusually early in their professional career.
Eligibility: Researchers who have attained no more than 10 years since receiving the terminal degree and have been employed by ESF for a minimum of 3 years.
Criteria: Documented evidence of exemplary research accomplishments in their field; national and/or international recognition in the academic community; evidence of a positive impact of research mentorship through undergraduate students, graduate students, and/or postdoctoral trainees.

The Award

Each year, one researcher will be selected from all nominations submitted who is exemplary in their research productivity. The award, made annually, includes:

  • A $5,000 research award to be deposited in the recipient’s research incentive account.
  • A plaque will be given to the researcher for personal display, and their name will be added to the permanent display in Bray Hall listing all annual awardees.

The recipient will present a campus-wide research seminar during the following academic year. The award will be highlighted at venues that include Academic Governance meetings and ESF all-campus communications.

Nomination Procedure

All faculty members, chairs, and administrators are invited to write a confidential letter to nominate a potential Exemplary Researcher for 2024. Nominators must have permission from the nominee before making the nomination. Self-nomination is allowed. This letter should be sent to Chang Geun Yoo (cyoo05@esf.edu), Chair of the Committee on Research and Scholarship by Friday, March 24, 2024. At this preliminary stage, a summary of the overall scope of the potential candidate’s qualifications will suffice. 

Following initial review and assessment by the CRS and Vice President for Research, additional materials may be sought. Applicants will be fully reviewed by the Committee on Research and Scholarship (CRS) and may include input from additional reviewers with expertise in the nominees’ field. The recipient will be selected by the Vice President for Research in view of recommendations by the CRS, and the award will be announced in a timely manner.

John Stella | Vice President for Research

Chang Geun Yoo, Ph.D. | Chair, Committee on Research