The CAST Outstanding Researcher Award recognizes individuals who have conducted research at an outstanding level among peers in the College.
Applicant must be a tenured faculty members currently engaged in an active research agenda. The applicant must have been at ISU for a minimum of three academic years prior to nomination.
Previous award winners are eligible for nomination five years after their last award.
Eligible faculty members may be nominated by any faculty member, School Director, or Department Chair in the College.
The nominee must seek written endorsement of their application from their School Director or Department Chairperson or a colleague in the school/department. The endorsement should address the contribution of the nominee's research to his/her field of study, including the extent to which the nominee is recognized nationally or internationally for research.
More than one faculty member may be nominated by a given School or Department.
Entries will be reviewed by the CAST Research Council (CRC). The CRC will rank all entries and submit the final rank order and a recommendation for award to the CAST Dean.
The document entitled "Criteria for the Evaluation of Scholarly and Creative Productivity" will provide guidance for such review. The document can be found on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs website.
The CAST Outstanding Researcher will receive $500 from Research and Sponsored Programs and will become eligible for current and future University Researcher Award nominations. See the Additional Award section below for more information.
Faculty members who would like to be considered for the CAST Outstanding Researcher Award - Tenured Category must submit your application online using the application link aove.
Materials required include the following (uploaded as pdfs:
An award of $500 for research costs is provided to each College to recognize outstanding researchers. The number of recipients, the selection process, and the criteria for these awards are at the discretion of the College. However, the criteria should parallel those of the Outstanding University Researcher Award program for College recipients to be competitive at the University level.
Funds provided by the University for this Award may be combined with research award programs already existing in the Colleges but individuals selected must be designated by the title Outstanding College Researcher. Although funds are intended to be used primarily for equipment, it is permissible for Colleges to exchange funds from other budget accounts so that award recipients may obtain the research-related items they need most, but not for faculty salary.
Colleges should send the names of award recipients to the Associate Vice President for Research before the deadline for Outstanding University Researcher applications; otherwise, College recipients will be ineligible for Outstanding University Researcher awards that year.