Decker Scholar Award

Award Description

Elmer Decker, recipient of an honorary doctorate of science from UNT, established the Decker Scholar Award to recognize outstanding research in the natural sciences, computational sciences, or technology at the University of North Texas. The recipient holds the title Decker Scholar and receives the earnings from the endowment during a two-year award period given every other year. 

Eligibility

All full-time, tenure-track and tenured faculty members in science and technology. Previous recipients of the Decker Scholar Award are not eligible for nomination for at least four (4) years.

Submission Process

Each nomination, including any supporting materials, should be received electronically by the Division of Research & Innovation via email to intramuralgrants@unt.edu. If you have books or supporting materials in addition to your electronic application packet please schedule an appointment to drop off materials in Hurley Admin 210 between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday by emailing Katie.Herring@unt.edu.

Selection Criteria

Based on the submitted evidence documenting the recipient's research excellence.

Selection Committee

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Research and Innovation will recommend a recipient to the President, based on submitted documentation.

Selection Process

A call for nominees sent out every odd year to all science and technology department chairs. Each chair may submit up to two (2) nominations for faculty from their department. Nominations must include an up-to-date vita and a letter from the chair giving evidence of research excellence. 

Use of Funds

Award recipients may use designated funds at their discretion to enhance and further their research activities.

Deadline

All completed nomination packets must be received by 5 p.m. November 12, 2021. Visit Research and Innovation for further information.

Award Recipients

YEAR FACULTY MEMBER DEPARTMENT
2021-2023 Aaron Roberts Biological Sciences

2019-2021

Yan Huang

Computer Science and Engineering

2017-2019

Elias Kougianos

Engineering Technology

2013-2015

Angela Wilson

Chemistry

2011-2013

No Award Presented

N/A

2009-2011

Paolo Grigolini

Physics

2007-2009

Thomas Cundari

Chemistry

2005-2007

Zhibing Hu

Physics

2003-2005

Jeff Kelber

Chemistry

2001-2003

R. Daniel Mauldin

Mathematics

1999-2001

Alan Marchland

Chemistry

1997-1999

Sam Atkinson

Biological Sciences