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Distinguished Researcher Award

Distinguished Researcher Award

The Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes a UIC Nursing faculty member or alumnus who has made an outstanding contribution to nursing science and research. Heading link

The award consists of a cash gift and a commemorative plaque presented at the college’s awards celebration event. The recipient may also be honored at Research Day, held annually in March.


All alumni, current and former faculty, including emeriti faculty, are eligible.


Submissions are due each year on April 1

Nomination process

Nomination should include the following information:

1.) The nomination form.

2.) Two letters of support from peers documenting (not to exceed three pages per letter):

  • Evidence of outstanding contributions to nursing science and research as illustrated by funded research, citations and publications, students precepted, etc.
  • Influence of the nominee on the chosen field over a period of time, with particular reference to local, national, and international recognition.

3.) Nominee’s recent Curriculum Vitae.

All nominations and supporting materials will be held in confidence. Since the college’s Research Committee coordinates the selection process, members of the Research Committee who submitted letters of support will recuse themselves from voting. In addition, if a member of the College Research Committee is one of the nominees, that nominated person will not participate in the review or selection process. Previous awardees are not eligible.

Submit: Nomination Form

Past recipients Heading link

  • 2022 Alana Steffen, PhD; UIC College of Nursing
  • 2021 Barbara L. McFarlin, PhD ’05, CNM, RDMS, FACNM, FAAN; UIC College of Nursing
  • 2020 Shannon N. Zenk, PhD, MS/MPH ’99, RN, FAAN; UIC College of Nursing
  • 2019 Carol Estwing Ferrans, PhD ‘85, RN, FAAN; UIC College of Nursing
  • 2018 Phoenix A. Matthews, PhD; UIC College of Nursing
  • 2017 Mariann Piano , PhD ‘88, MS ‘84, FAAN, FAH; UIC College of Nursing
  • 2016 Kathleen F. Norr, PhD; UIC College of Nursing
  • 2015 Eileen G. Collins, PhD, RN, FAACVPR, FAAN; UIC College of Nursing
  • 2014 Tonda Hughes, PhD ‘89, RN, FAAN; UIC College of Nursing

Questions? Contact: Heading link

Sue Littau, Director, Office of Research Facilitation

845 S. Damen Ave., 608 NURS, 802, Chicago, Illinois 60612