photos of people from past awards events


Thursday, April 11, 2024
Jayhawk Welcome Center
7 p.m.

As one of the nation’s leading research universities, KU has a special role in fostering a culture of research that addresses society's grand challenges.

To further this effort, Chancellor Girod hosted the University Research Awards to celebrate KU's most outstanding researchers across the Lawrence and KU Medical Center campuses.



University Scholarly Achievement Awards

(Each recipient’s award category is shown in italics)

Andrew Denning

    Associate Professor of History

    Social Science and Professional Programs

Huazhen Fang

    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    Science, Technology, and Mathematics

Lauren Ptomey 

    Associate Professor of Physical Activity & Weight Management

    Medicine and Clinical Science

Armin Schulz

    Professor of Philosophy

    Arts and Humanities

Chancellors Club Research Award

John Thyfault 

    Professor of Cellular Biology & Physiology and Endocrinology, Diabetes & Clinical Pharmacology


Research Postdoctoral Achievement Award

Georgios Konstantinos Krintiras 

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics & Astronomy


Research Staff Achievement Award

Pegah Naemi Jimenez

    Research Associate, School of Social Welfare


Steven F. Warren Research Achievement Award

Tyler Hicks 

    Assistant Research Professor, KU Center on Developmental Disabilities


Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards

(Each recipient’s award category is shown in italics)

John Colombo 

    Professor of Psychology

    Balfour Jeffrey Award for Humanities & Social Sciences

Wen-Xing Ding 

    William Warner Abercrombie Professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Therapeutics

    Olin K. Petefish Award in the Basic Sciences

Jie Han 

    Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering

    Irvin E. Youngberg Award in the Applied Sciences

David C. Poole 

    University Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology and Physiology at Kansas State University

    Dolph C. Simons, Sr. Award in the Biomedical Sciences

University Research Award News

Four researchers named recipients of University Scholarly Achievement Awards

3/28/2023 -- Four midcareer faculty members at the University of Kansas will receive an award in recognition of their significant research or scholarly achievements in their field.

KU community invited to University Research Awards event April 25

3/2/2023 -- KU strives to foster a culture of research to address society's grand challenges. With this in mind, Chancellor Girod today invited the KU community to the annual University Research Awards event on Tuesday, April 25 at the Burge Union at 7 p.m.

Four faculty receive Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards

2/10/2023 -- Four faculty members at two Kansas universities were named recipients of the Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards, the state higher education system’s most prestigious recognition for scholarly excellence.

Experts in ecosystem resilience, ground-penetrating radar and social systems receive KU research achievement awards

1/20/2023 -- University of Kansas researchers increasing understanding of child welfare, geology and ecology have received this year’s Steven F. Warren Research Achievement Award and the KU Research Staff & Postdoctoral Achievement Awards.