About the Awards

The Research Awards Program, sponsored by the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. (UGARF). UGARF recognizes excellence in UGA research and scholarly creativity. Awards are given annually to honor outstanding faculty and graduate students.

UGARF is a nonprofit corporation created to serve the University of Georgia and enhance its excellence as a research institution. UGARF holds the University’s intellectual property, including patents, and serves as the official grantee of all contracts, grants, and gifts for the conduct of sponsored research at UGA.

Distinguished Research Professors


The title of Distinguished Research Professor is awarded to faculty who are internationally recognized for their original contributions to knowledge and whose work promises to foster continued creativity in their discipline.

Creative Research Awards


The Albert Christ-Janer Award is given to recognize an outstanding body of nationally and internationally recognized scholarly or creative activities in the creative arts and humanities. The broad spectrum of interests within this award’s scope reflect the accomplishments its namesake. Albert Christ-Janer was an artist of varied form and endless creativity. He became the first Callaway Professor of Art at the University of Georgia in 1970. This award was dedicated to his memory in 1980, seven years after his death.

The Lamar Dodd Award is given to recognize an outstanding body of nationally and internationally recognized scholarly or creative activities in the sciences. Lamar Dodd’s artwork extended into the American West and even into space when he was commissioned by NASA and the Department of the Interior to creatively record numerous scientific achievements. His scientific artwork joined imagination and scientific reality. For this reason, the Lamar Dodd Award was established in 1981 in his honor.

The William A. Owens Award is given to recognize an outstanding body of nationally and internationally recognized scholarly or creative activities in the social and behavioral sciences. The social and behavioral sciences received significant contributions to psychology through the research and leadership of William A. Owens. He particularly served the University by founding and directing the Institute for Behavioral Research. The recipients of this award, established in 1985, illustrate the example of dynamic research that William A. Owens typified.

Creative Research Medals


Creative Research Medals are awarded for outstanding research or creative activity within the past five years that focuses on a single theme idenitfied with the University of Georgia.

Inventor’s Award


The Inventor’s Award recognizes an inventor for a unique and innovative discovery that has made an impact on the community.

Academic Entrepreneur of the Year Award


Academic Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes a faculty member who has started a company based on research originated at UGA.

Early Career Scholar Awards


Michael F. Adams Early Career Scholar Award – Named in honor of the University of Georgia’s 21st President, these awards recognize outstanding accomplishment and evidence of potential future success in scholarship, creative work or research by early career faculty members.

Fred C. Davison Early Career Scholar Award – Named in honor of the University of Georgia’s 18th President, this award recognizes outstanding accomplishment and evidence of potential future success in scholarship, creative work or research by an early career faculty member in the sciences.

Charles B. Knapp Early Career Scholar Award – Named in honor of the University of Georgia’s 20th President, this award recognizes outstanding accomplishment and evidence of potential future success in scholarship, creative work or research by an early career faculty member in the social and behavioral sciences.

Postdoctoral Research Awards


Created in 2011, Postdoctoral Research Awards recognize the remarkable contributions of postdoctoral research scholars to the UGA research enterprise. The UGA Research Foundation funds up to two awards a year to current scholars.

Graduate Student Awards


The James L. Carmon Scholarship Award is presented to University of Georgia graduate students who have used computers in innovative ways. Named for the late James L. Carmon, a UGA faculty member for 36 years who helped make the university a leader in computer research and development, the award was established by the Control Data Corp.

The Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award is given to recent Ph.D.s for outstanding research at the University or immediately after graduating. It is named for the late Robert C. Anderson, who served as UGA’s vice president for research and president of the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.

Graduate Student Excellence-in-Research Awards were initiated in 1999 to recognize the quality and significance of graduate-student scholarship, these awards may be given in five areas: Fine Arts, Humanities and Letters, Life Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Applied Studies.