Faculty Awards

Faculty Researcher Award


This award acknowledges and celebrates a faculty member who is recognized for their clinical and/or bench research which: contributes to the advancement of medicine, demonstrates collaboration and mentoring of learners (medical student, resident/fellow, and/or graduate learners) and faculty, and enhances the research reputation of the UMKC School of Medicine.


The faculty recipient should be an individual who has made significant contributions to the medical literature through research, including peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and who has obtained grant funding. The faculty member should have a sustained record of collaborating and mentoring learners and faculty in research.


Nominee must be a tenure track or nontenure track faculty member in the UMKC School of Medicine for a minimum of 5 years. The faculty member must have received grant funding as a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator, or a faculty member who has consistently contributed as Co-Investigator on funded research.

Nomination guidelines and materials to be submitted by the deadline:

Please download and complete this checklist that is to be submitted as the first page of a single PDF nomination: 


Nominees may be nominated by UMKC staff, faculty, students, residents/fellows, administrators, clinical affiliates or community members.  Self-nominations are also acceptable.

To be considered, the following information must be submitted:

  1. Nomination letters must include a narrative of how the individual’s clinical or bench research has impacted UMKC. Specific outcome measures to include:
    1. Number of peer-reviewed PMID publications and journal name(s) in the past 5 years;
    2. Number of presentations (invited and peer reviewed) at regional, national, and international academic meetings in the past 5 years;
    3. Number and type of grants (and if these grants are UMKC SOM), amount of funding, and role in each project in past 5 years;
    4. Number of learners and faculty that nominee has collaborated and mentored in research in the last 5 years, including the number of learners and faculty that have obtained peer-reviewed PMID publications and presentations (academic meetings at regional, national, and international meetings) in the past 5 years;
    5. Research innovations, patents, or other contributions to research in past 5 years.
  2. A nominator may only nominate one nominee.
  3. Materials to submit with nomination letter:
    1. Letter(s) of support from learners and faculty (3 total letters) describing the nominee’s mentorship and collaboration with them in clinical or bench research;
    2. Most recent CV from the nominee.

Prior Winners:

  • 2022 – Peter Koulen, Ph.D., FARVO
  • 2021 – John Spertus, M.D., M.P.H.
  • 2020 – John Q. Wang, Ph.D.