Internal Awards

Innovation Awards

Innovation Awards celebrate the outstanding scholarly careers of our most productive and influential faculty members in the areas of basic research, applied research, creative activities, and academic partnerships. Additional Innovation Awards in various categories are open to tenured and non-tenured faculty, staff, graduate students and external entities. These are honors bestowed on individuals with significant research or creative careers that stand out from the generally impressive work of their colleagues.

The University Research Council solicits nominations from each dean for the annual Innovation Awards. Faculty members can make recommendations to their chairs, who will provide a list of names to the dean. Deans will consult with their College Research Committee to narrow the field to two nominees per category and will send a list of nominees from each college to the URC for selection.

Recent University Research Awards Days

2016-17 Innovation Awards

  • Not awarded (Lifetime Achievement)
  • Donald Sacco, College of Education and Psychology (Basic Research)
  • Philip Bates, College of Science and Technology (Applied Research)
  • Mark Rigsby, College of Arts and Letters (Creative Activities)
  • Robson Storey, College of Science and Technology (Partnership)
  • Vijay Rangachari, College of Science and Technology (Multidisciplinary)
  • Khem Raj Budachetri, College of Science and Technology (Graduate Student)
  • Marie Danforth, College of Arts and Letters (Research Advocate)

2014-15 Innovation Award recipients and award presenters pictured are, from left, Vice President for Research Gordon Cannon; Fengwei Bai, College of Science and Technology, Applied Research Award; Lisa Jones, University Libraries, Research Advocate Award; Glenmore Shearer (co-recipient Mohamed Elasri is not pictured), College of Science and Technology, Academic Partnership Award; Brooks Able, College of Science and Technology, Graduate Student Award; Robert Lochhead, College of Science and Technology, Lifetime Achievement Award; Sarah Morgan, College of Science and Technology, Multidisciplinary Award; Sergei Nazarenko, College of Science and Technology, Basic Research Award; Meredith Early, College of Arts and Letters, Creative Activities Award; and Provost Steven R. Moser. 

See more photos of URAD 2015, read the announcement, or view Hattiesburg television station WDAM's report (off-site).

Read about the 2015 Faculty Awards Reception and Ceremony here.


2013-14 Innovation Award recipients (pictured at left) were honored at the University Research Awards Day (URAD) on November 21, 2014. Honorees and the awards they received include, from left, Ted Tomeny, College of Education and Psychology, Graduate Student Award (he is now an alumnus); Jerome Kolbo, School of Social Work, Multidisciplinary Research Award; Steven Venette, Department of Communication Studies, Applied Research Award; Robson Storey, School of Polymers & High Performance Materials, Basic Research Award; Susannah Ural, Department of History, Academic Partnership Award; Rebecca Morgan Frank, Department of English, Creative Activities Award; and Diana Lovejoy, College of Science and Technology; Research Advocate Award. Amal MitraDepartment of Public Health, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, is not pictured.

LETTERS Day was the predecessor of University Research Awards Day. See the archived LETTERS Day news release for 2013.