Selection process

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Solicitation of supporting material

Eligible nominees for the Distinguished Research Award will receive a letter of notification from the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. They will be asked to submit supporting the following documents in electronic form to the Office of  Academic Affairs: 

  1. Cover letter, limited to  three pages, that describes:
    • Criteria or norms in your field for the development of new knowledge
    • Why your scholarly or creative activity is noteworthy
    • How this work has contributed to the intellectual development of the University of Washington Tacoma
    • The connection between the research, scholarly or creative activity and application of research on wider communities
  2. Updated curriculum vitae
  3. Examples of scholarly work (digital files only; up to 3)
  4. Supporting Documents (digital files only; up to 3) such as professional recognition letters, awards, funded grants, editorial work, reviews of your published work, etc.


  • The awardee will attend and be recognized at the UW Tacoma awards ceremony
  • The awardee will be expected to deliver a talk on her or his research or creative activity the following fall quarter
  • The talk will be open to the campus community and the public
  • The awardee will chair the Distinguished Research Award Committee the year after receiving the award