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CALS Research and Extension Awards

CALS Research and Extension Awards are intended to recognize a broad range of accomplishments contributing to the realization of the college’s vision, “Leading science and education toward a resilient future.”

No single award can adequately capture the diverse achievements of CALS faculty; therefore, seven distinct awards have been established.

Nominations will be solicited annually but the number and type of awards presented may vary depending on the qualifications of the available pool. The Service, Career, and Early Achievement Awards are intended only for individuals.

All other awards are intended for individuals or teams. A team nomination should describe an interactive group of individuals who carry out jointly planned and collaboratively executed research and/or extension programming, not simply an administratively defined compilation of individual programs.

For team awards, nominations may include individuals of professorial and extension and research associate ranks who are integral to the team, as well as support staff (not students) whose job is primarily dedicated to the team’s efforts.

How to Nominate Your Colleagues

To nominate colleagues for any one of the CALS Research and Extension Awards, please provide the following documentation. Page limits must be adhered to.

Note: Previous individual awardees are not eligible to be considered for another award for a period of three years after their most recent award date (however, team awardees may be considered for an individual award).

  • A cover page that includes:
    • Award for which nomination is being made (an individual nomination may be designated for more than one award category)
    • Name, title, and department of nominee
    • Current appointment (% FTE — teaching, research, extension)
    • Name(s) and signature(s) of nominator(s)
  • A nominating statement (maximum of three pages) that responds to the criteria specific to the award(s). Note that nominations will be evaluated by faculty from a broad range of disciplines. As such, disciplinary jargon should be avoided.
  • A CV (maximum of three pages) including relevant research and/or extension/outreach publications (CVs are required for all team members on team nominations). Please attach an explanation to the CV describing the disciplinary standards for authorship on publications and the level of competitiveness/exclusiveness of any awards highlighted as part of the nomination.
  • A maximum of three letters of support (may include letters from stakeholders). Support letters should focus on adding perspective to the nomination, not restating accomplishments and recognitions.

Full descriptions of the 2023 CALS Research and Extension Awards are outlined on this page. Please note that nominations for all awards (other than the Early Achievement Award) will be kept active for two years. This means that 2021 and 2022 nominees who did not receive awards will be considered along with any new nominations received this year. Previous nominations may be assessed based on the original nomination package; however submission of an updated nomination package is strongly encouraged.

These awards are an excellent way to recognize the many contributions of your colleagues. Please take a few moments to consider which of your colleagues should be recognized.

Nomination materials should be submitted online as a single document. Updates to previous nominations may be submitted as a separate single document addendum to the originally submitted nomination package, or the entire package may be updated and submitted as a single new document.

Nominations are due no later than March 31, 2023, and should not exceed 10 pages: Cover page, nominating statement, letters of support, plus a 3-page CV (or multiple such CVs for a team nomination).

Award Descriptions

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to research, including everything from solving critical problems facing New York state, the region or beyond to contributions to knowledge, understanding, and theory at the disciplinary level. Multiple awards may be given out, specifically chosen to recognize contributions along the spectrum from the most foundational discoveries to their applications. Candidates for this award will have demonstrated effectiveness in integrating research and extension and applying scientific expertise to a need that has resulted in positive impacts to many people and/or to a large geographic area; or will have been recognized nationally and internationally for their scholarly contributions through publication in disciplinary journals or awards from professional societies; or any combination thereof. Examples could include leading an assessment of specific environmental risks, development of a new practice that solves a pressing agricultural or environmental problem, development of community policies to resolve conflicts, research on the molecular biology of a plant pathogen resulting in improved understanding of fundamental aspects of pathogen biology, or fundamental discoveries in molecular, cellular, or organismal biology. Candidates should stand out among peers based on one or two key factors in their research program.

Individuals of professorial rank and extension and research associates in CALS may be nominated to receive this award.

    Candidates for this award have demonstrated leadership in developing a highly innovative and responsive extension/outreach program that addresses stakeholder needs.

    Extension/outreach encompasses a broad range of non-credit education and training programs. It is expected that the extension/outreach program will have demonstrated effectiveness in benefiting a significant segment of the population or an important area of the state. Examples could include a program for the implementation of a management model for enterprises with resulting environmental benefits for all citizens, the implementation of an improved educational program in New York schools, or workforce training that improves worker well-being and employer profitability. Individuals of professorial rank and extension and research associates may be nominated to receive this award.

    Candidates for this award have demonstrated innovation and leadership by integrating science-based knowledge into public policy and/or management. Such integration requires the development of relationships between scientists and policymakers based on trust and confidence in the integrity of scientific findings.

    Examples of such work might include collaboration in the establishment of science-based regulatory criteria directed at addressing an environmental issue or advice for the development of legislation that includes scientific standards. Individuals of professorial rank and extension and research associates may be nominated to receive this award.

    This award recognizes individuals who have shown extraordinary leadership and/or scholarship in applied or basic research, extension, outreach, integration of science-based knowledge into public policy, or service to the college and university during the initial years of their career and of their time at Cornell. Nominations focused on a single area or a combination of areas of excellence will be considered. Examples could include building and leading a multidisciplinary team that effectively addresses a major issue facing the state, region, or world through research alone or in combination with extension and outreach, or extraordinary accomplishments in any of the designated areas that establishes the individual as a national leader among peers. Assistant and associate professors and extension and research associates may be nominated to receive this award anytime during their first five years in the college and their first ten years after attaining their terminal degree.

    Candidates for this award have demonstrated leadership in a specific role such as a chair, or leader of a task force or program. Examples of specific roles include the enhancement of departmental/unit recognition through increased scholarly achievements within or across disciplines, development of new strategic directions for CALS resulting from the efforts of a task force, or exceptional leadership in administration. Candidates being recognized for service accomplishments should have sustained exemplary efforts throughout their time in the role and should be widely recognized for this by their CALS peers. Candidates may have advanced the CALS Land-Grant mission through scholarship, extension and outreach, and/or administration. Individuals of professorial rank and extension and research associates may be nominated to receive this award.

    Candidates for this award have achieved widespread recognition nationally and within CALS for their scholarly accomplishments, teaching, leadership, service to their discipline, and/or application/extension of knowledge in the biological, physical, or social sciences. This award recognizes sustained accomplishments throughout the candidate’s career, and is a capstone for individuals who have achieved extraordinary distinction for their scholarly efforts in research and/or extension. Individuals of professorial rank and extension and research associates who are nearing retirement may be nominated to receive this award.

    CALS Research & Extension Award Recipients

    CALS Research & Extension Award Recipients from 2005-2021

    *Note that these awards were paused in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so there are no awardees for that year.

     First Name

    Last Name

    Category

    Year

    LauraAcuña-MaldonadoOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team)2019

    Arthur

    Agnello

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual)

    2011

    SamuelAlcaineEarly Achievement Award2021
    SamuelAlcaineOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 2021

    Herbert

    Aldwinckle

    Career Accomplishments

    2009

    Dave

    Barbano

    Applied Research

    2007

    Christopher

    Barrett

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy

    2011

    Dale

    Bauman

    Career Accomplishments

    2007

    Robin

    Bellinder

    Applied Research

    2005

    Gary

    Bergstrom

    Applied Research

    2008

    Gary

    Bergstrom

    Career Accomplishment

    2022

    Rachel

    Bezner Kerr

    Early Achievement Award

    2016

    Rachel

    Bezner Kerr

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy

    2022
    ElizabethBihnOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team)2019
    DavisBlasiniOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 2021

    Adam

    Bogdanove

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Research

    2015

    Yves

    Boisclair

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Research

    2017

    John

    Brady

    Career Accomplishments

    2018

    Elizabeth

    Buck

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Ext/Outreach (Team)

    2014

    KimberlyBukowskiOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 2021

    Thomas

    Burr

    Outstanding Service to the CALS Community

    2015

    W. Ronald

    Butler

    Applied Research

    2009

    Ron

    Butler

    Career Accomplishments

    2017

    JulietCarrollOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual)2021

    Larry

    Chase

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual)

    2012

    Donna ClementsOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team)2019
    Ronnie CoffmanCareer Accomplishments2019

    Alan

    Collmer

    Basic Research

    2008

    Alan

    Collmer

    Career Accomplishments

    2014

    William

    Crepet

    Outstanding Service to the CALS Community

    2015

    Paul

    Curtis

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach

    2017

    Bryan

    Danforth

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team)

    2017

    Margaret

    Daughtrey

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual)

    2014

    Daniel 

    Decker

    Outstanding Service to the CALS Community

    2013

    ElizabethDemmingsOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 2021
    Tobias DoerrEarly Achievement Award2019

    Jason

    Dombroskie

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension and Outreach (Individual)

    2022

    Angela

    Douglas

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Research

    2014

    Kate

    Downes

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension and Outreach (Team)

    2022

    Brooke

    Duffy

    Early Achievement

    2022

    Parfait

    Eloundou-Enyegue

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy

    2018

    Sarah

    Evanega

    Early Achievement Award

    2014

    Shelly

    Feldman

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy

    2008

    LouiseFelkerOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 2021
    ConnieFiskOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team)2019
    JohnFitzpatrickCareer Accomplishments 20192019

    Melissa

    Foley

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team)

    2018

    Thomas 

    Fox 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Research 

    2015 

    William 

    Fry 

    Outstanding Service to the CALS Community 

    2007 

    Geraldine 

    Gay 

    Outstanding Service to the CALS Community 

    2009 

    ChristopherGerlingOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 2021
    AnikaGianforteOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 2021

    John 

    Gibbons 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Ext/Outreach (Team) 

    2014 

    Jennifer 

    Grant 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

    2017 

    Robert 

    Gravani 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual) 

    2009 

    Robert 

    Hadad 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Ext/Outreach (Team) 

    2014 

    Russell 

    Hahn 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual) 

    2013 

    Maureen 

    Hanson 

    Basic Research 

    2009 

    Laura

    Harrington

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Research

    2022

    John 

    Helmann 

    Basic Research 

    2012 

    JohnHelmannOutstanding Service to the CALS Community2019

    Christy 

    Hoepting 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Ext/Outreach (Team) 

    2014 

    Christy 

    Hoepting 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual) 

    2018 

    Adam 

    Howell 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

    2018 

    MicheleHumistonOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team)2019

    Kendra

    Janssen

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension and Outreach (Team)

    2022

    Mary

    Jo Dudley

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension and Outreach (Individual)

    2022

    David 

    Just 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Research 

    2014 

    Alon 

    Keinan 

    Early Achievement Award 

    2013 

    Kenneth 

    Kemphues 

    Basic Research 

    2006 

    Quirine 

    Ketterings 

    Applied Research 

    2012 

    Quirine 

    Ketterings 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach 

    2016 

    Julie 

    Kikkert 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Ext/Outreach (Team) 

    2014 

    Wayne

    KnoblauchOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension and Outreach (Team)2022

    Alan 

    Lakso 

    Applied Research 

    2008 

    Andrew 

    Landers 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual) 

    2007 

    Brian 

    Lazzaro 

    Early Achievement Award 

    2012 

    NeilLewis Jr.Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy 2021

    Ruth 

    Ley 

    Early Achievement Award 

    2011 

    Shanjun 

    Li 

    Early Achievement Award 

    2015 

    Amanda 

    Link 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

    2018 

    Charles 

    Linn 

    Career Accomplishments 

    2017 

    John 

    Lis 

    Basic Research 

    2007 

    Barbara 

    Lockwood 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

    2018 

    Greg 

    Loeb 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Research 

    2017

    Dan 

    Luo 

    Basic Research 

    2012 

    NicholasLuongoOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 2021

    Carol 

    MacNeil 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Ext/Outreach (Team) 

    2014 

    Anna KatherineMansfieldOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 2021

    Tim 

    Martinson 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Ext/Outreach 

    2015 

    Scott 

    McArt 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

    2017 

    AmyMcCuneOutstanding Service to the CALS Community2021
    PhilipMcMichaelCareer Accomplishments 2021
    PhilippMesserEarly Achievement Award2019

    Dennis 

    Miller 

    Outstanding Service to the CALS Community 

    2008 

    Andrew

    Moeller

    Early Achievement

    2022

    Timothy 

    Mount 

    Career Accomplishments 

    2013 

    Emma 

    Mullen 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

    2017 

    Martha 

    Mutschler-Chu 

    Applied Research 

    2010 

    June 

    Nasrallah 

    Career Accomplishments 

    2016 

    Rebecca 

    Nelson 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy 

    2017 

    JeffNiederdeppeOutstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy2019
    RicardoOrellanaOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 2021

    David 

    Orr 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

    2018 

    OlgaPadilla-ZakourOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 2021

    Angela 

    Parr 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Ext/Outreach (Team) 

    2014 

    Amelia

    ParseghianOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension and Outreach (Team)2022

    Sarah 

    Pethybridge 

    Early Achievement Award 

    2018 

    MaxPfefferOutstanding Service to the CALS Community2021
    JaronPorcielloOutstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy2021

    Marvin 

    Pritts 

    Outstanding Service to CALS Community 

    2014 

    Marvin 

    Pritts 

    Outstanding Service to the CALS Community 

    2014 

    Sara 

    Pryor 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Research 

    2018 

    RobertRalyeaOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 2021
    Anusuya RangarajanOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual)2019

    Joe 

    Regenstein 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy 

    2014 

    Judson 

    Reid 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Ext/Outreach (Team) 

    2014 

    Stephen 

    Reiners 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual) 

    2010 

    Bruce 

    Reisch 

    Applied Research 

    2011 

    SyedRizviCareer Accomplishments 2021

    Jeffery 

    Roberts 

    Basic Research 

    2010 

    Terence 

    Robinson 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual) 

    2008 

    JocelynRoseOutstanding Accomplishments in Research 2021
    ThomasSaundersOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 2021

    Geoff 

    Scott 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

    2018 

    Anthony 

    Shelton 

    Applied Research 

    2007 

    MarcosSimoes-CostaEarly Achievement Award2021

    Peter 

    Smallidge 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual) 

    2010 

    Christine 

    Smart 

    Applied Research 

    2013 

    R. David 

    Smith 

    Outstanding Service to the CALS Community 

    2009 

    Margaret 

    Smith 

    Outstanding Service to the CALS Community 

    2012 

    AlexanderSollaOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 2021

    Mark 

    Sorrells 

    Applied Research 

    2012

    Tammo 

    Steenhuis 

    Career Accomplishments 

    2015 

    Patrick 

    Sullivan 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy 

    2013 

    AljosaTrmcicOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 2021

    Maria 

    van Dyke 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

    2017 

    Volker 

    Vogt 

    Career Accomplishments 

    2012 

    GretchenWallOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team)2019

    Mike 

    Walter 

    Outstanding Service to the CALS Community 

    2016 

    Brian 

    Wansink 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy 

    2012 

    Mary Kate 

    Wheeler 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

    2017 

    RobWayOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team)2019

    Gerald 

    White 

    Career Accomplishments 

    2006 

    MartinWiedmannOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 2021

    Kyle 

    Wickings 

    Early Achievement Award 

    2017 

    Stephen 

    Winans 

    Basic Research 

    2012 

    Dan 

    Wixted 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

    2017 

    KristinWoodsOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team)2019
    RandyWoroboOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 2021

    Randy 

    Worobo 

    Outstanding Accomplishments in Research 

    2016 

    BrunoXavierOutstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 2021

    Haiyuan 

    Yu 

    Early Achievement Award 

    2014 

    Stephen 

    Zinder 

    Basic Research 

    2011 

    StephenZinderCareer Accomplishments 2021

    Tom 

    Zitter 

    Career Accomplishments 

    2005