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The Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Research Career Award honors a faculty member in the College of Health and Human Development who has demonstrated ability to conduct original research; who has shown evidence of scholarly contributions to the literature over a major portion of his/her career; and who is universally recognized for major contributions to his/her field.

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Consideration for this award shall be given to all tenured College of Health and Human Development full-time faculty members who

  • have been on the faculty for at least three years;
  • have demonstrated the ability to conduct original research;
  • have shown evidence of scholarly contributions to the literature over a major portion of his/her career; and
  • are universally recognized for major contributions to his/her field.

Each award shall be for one academic year. Further extraordinary accomplishments by a recipient may enable that recipient to be again considered for this award.

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To submit a nomination, please complete the on-line nomination form and provide the following documentation:

  • One comprehensive support letter that details how the candidate's research contributions meet the award criteria. The letter should be signed by the department head and two other nominators.
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Summary of research from the candidate's career
  • A list of publications
  • Other information pertinent to the candidate's accomplishments.

(If a curriculum vitae is not submitted, the Dean's staff will provide documentation from Activity Insight for the nomination packet given to the selection committee.)

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Recipients of this award shall be selected by a committee appointed by the Dean of the College of Health and Human Development, or his/her designee.

Recipient will be notified early in the fall semester. A plaque and a monetary award will be presented to the recipient during the fall HHD Annual Awards Ceremony.

In addition, recipients will present a special lecture the fall semester of the following academic year.

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If you have any questions about the award or nomination process, please call (814) 865-1428 or email pennstatehhd@psu.edu.