Awards and Honors

Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year and Student Innovator of the Year

The Innovator of the Year and Early Career Innovator of the Year awards recognize Ohio State researchers who are working to promote commercialization of university intellectual property, through invention disclosures filed, patents applied for and/or received, technologies licensed or spinoff companies formed.

The Student Innovator of the Year award recognizes student innovation and entrepreneurship that has contributed to the development of commercialization of a new technology.

The 2017 Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year and Next Generation Innovator of the Year (formerly the Student Innovator of the Year) Awards will be presented in early 2018. The Next Generation Innovator of the Year reflects the inclusion of postdocs along with undergraduate and graduate students.

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Distinguished Scholar Awards

The University Distinguished Scholar Award annually recognizes six faculty members who demonstrate scholarly activity, research or other creative works which represent exceptional achievements in their fields. Recipients of the award receive a $20,000 research grant and a $3,000 honorarium to pursue their scholarly activity.

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Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment

TheBattelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment annual grant competition supports programs that examine the impact of science and technology on people and society. Emphasis is placed on educational and public service projects rather than pure research. Interdisciplinary collaborations within the university and collaborations with other institutions are especially encouraged.

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Faculty Recognition Awards

The Office of Research hosts an annual Faculty Recognition Program honoring Ohio State Faculty members who received national or international awards over the past year. Among the honorees were winners of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, Fulbright Scholars, Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

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Selected National Awards

The National Academies
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
American Association for the Advancement of Science
National Academy of Inventors Fellows

  • 2016 (Linda Saif)
  • 2015 (Katrina Cornish, Caroline Whitacre)
  • 2014 (Ching-Shih Chen, Yasuko Rikihisa)
  • 2013 (Carlo Croce, Liang-Shih Fan)