Distinguished Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activities Award

The Distinguished Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award (DRSCA) is intended to recognize the significant scholarly and creative accomplishments of UW Bothell faculty. The DRSCA is presented each year to a UW Bothell faculty member in recognition of scholarly or creative achievement exemplifying the standards of excellence required by the research-intensive education environment of the University of Washington Bothell. The DRSCA recipient receives an honorarium and is asked to provide a campus-wide presentation of their work.

Selection Process

The selection process will be facilitated by the VCAA office. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the VCAA that will include faculty members from each School or Program. The committee will communicate with the VCAA the names of the top nominees along with a recommendation for the award recipient. Finalists will receive a letter of recognition and be announced to the UWB community. The award recipient will be approved by the Chancellor and a public talk will be scheduled for spring quarter.

Criteria for Selection

The criteria for this award include:

  • Considerable influence on UW Bothell research communities (e.g., undergraduate research, interdisciplinary search projects, leadership in a research center or initiative)
  • Distinction in or contribution to their scholarly field;
  • Significant impact on local, national, and/or global communities

Nominees must be a senior (tenured) voting faculty member to qualify for the award.

Nominations will be solicited from faculty, staff, students, and community partners by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Nominations should include at least a one-page letter that outlines the ways in which the nominee has provided distinction in one or more aspects of the criteria for the award, emphasizing significant accomplishments in recent years. Evidence of accomplishment should be considered. Such evidence could include:

  • publications, citations, or reviews;
  • external awards (federal or foundation funding, Fulbright, etc.);
  • regional, national, or international recognition (professional or community awards);
  • media coverage;
  • demonstrated impact on UWB students;
  • research initiatives, election or appointment to significant organizations based on scholarly or creative achievements.


Nominations for the 2024 Distinguished Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Award are now closed. For questions, please contact uwbvcaa@uw.edu

Past Recipients

2023 – Karam Dana, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
2022 – Min Chen, School of STEM
2021 – Rachel Scherr, School of STEM
2020 – Carrie Tzou, School of Educational Studies
2019 – Surya Pathak, School of Business
2018 – Pierre D. Mourad, School of STEM
2017 – Jeanne Heuving, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
2016 – Jennifer McLoud-Mann, School of STEM
2015 – P. K. Sen, School of Business
2014 – Dan Jaffe, School of STEM