The Distinguished Scholar Award, established in 1978, recognizes exceptional scholarly accomplishments by senior professors who have compiled a substantial body of research, as well as younger faculty members who have demonstrated great scholarly potential. The 2019 honorees are:
- Arthur H.M. Burghes, professor, Department of Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology , College of Medicine
- H. Lisle Gibbs, professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
- Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, College of Engineering
- Michael Ibba, professor, Department of Microbiology, College of Arts and Sciences
- Nandini Trivedi, professor, Department of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
- Guo-Liang Wang, professor, Department of Plant Pathology, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Recipients are nominated by their departments and chosen by a committee of senior faculty, including past award recipients. Distinguished Scholars receive an honorarium and a research grant to be used over the next three years. The award is supported by the Office of Research.