Faculty Awards and Grants

Faculty Awards and Grants

There are a number of award and grant programs for faculty with the College of Sciences. Due dates and applications can be found on the Applications and Forms page. You can also view past recipients of these awards and grants on the Past Faculty Recipients page.

COS Faculty Awards Information

Baharlou Service Award
The Alan and Carlene Baharlou Distinguished Service Award is designed to recognize a member in the College of Sciences who has developed a record of outstanding service that supports and contributes to the teaching and research missions of the College. The award shall be made during spring semester each academic year. The ideal candidate for the Baharlou Distinguished Service Award shall be a faculty member or department chair that must meet three criteria.
Lida G. Wall Mentor Award
The Lida G. Wall Faculty Research Mentor Award is an annual honor bestowed on a faculty member in the College of Sciences who has served as a research mentor to one or more undergraduate students during the last two years. The award shall be made in the spring semester of each year at the College of Sciences' annual ScienceFest.
Hanner Teaching Excellence Award
The Hanner Teaching Excellence Award is designed to celebrate and honor consistent excellence in teaching. The Award shall be made in the spring semester of each academic year. Candidates for the COS Teaching Excellence Award shall be College of Sciences full-time faculty members.
Ringenberg Award
The Ringenberg Award is the highest honor bestowed by Eastern Illinois University's College of Sciences. The award is named in honor of Lawrence A. Ringenberg, the first dean of Arts and Sciences at EIU serving from 1961-1980. In the tradition of Dr. Ringenberg, this award recognizes excellence in our academic community. The award is given to tenured faculty members in the College of Sciences for exceptional performance during their academic career at Eastern Illinois University. The award shall be made in the spring semester of each academic year.

COS Faculty Grants

Visiting Scholars Award
The Visiting Scholars Award is available to assist departments or organizations with the expenses associated with bringing visiting scholars to campus or with the expenses associated with having professional/scientific meetings or conferences at EIU. These awards are competitive. The amount of the award may be less than requested in order to accommodate as many of the high quality requests as possible.
Early Research Support Grant Award (formerly Small Grants)
The Early Research Support Grant fund is available to untenured, tenure-track faculty to promote scholarly activities and to provide support as they begin their research program at EIU. The intent of the fund is to provide supplementary materials and equipment to enhance faculty members' research/creative activities or to provide funds to assist faculty members with expenses associated with presenting research/creative activity results at a professional conference. Faculty members may apply annually for funds throughout their probationary years.
Seed Grant
College of Sciences Seed Grants provide incentive funds for faculty to obtain pilot data in order to seek external grant funds. Since the Seed Grant program is competitive, each grant is limited to $1,000. The grant competition is open to tenured and tenure-track faculty in Unit A.
Study Abroad Initiative
The purpose of the Study Abroad Initiative (SAI) is to provide planning or incentive funds for faculty to develop new and innovative international study experiences for students. Experiences would include: developing short-term or long-term study abroad courses, expanding existing study abroad courses, and establishing international undergraduate research opportunities. The total SAI allocation is $5,000. Three to five awards shall be made, and the amount of each award will depend upon the number of awards given and the quality of each proposal.
Increasing Distance Education Access in the Sciences (IDEAS) Award
The purpose of IDEAS is to provide planning and incentive funds for faculty to develop new distance education courses, or to revise existing courses to be offered for distance education. This competitive grant is open to tenured and tenure‐track faculty. Two awards will be supported annually, $2,500 each. Preference will be given to courses that have the potential to generate a sustainable enrollment and meet program needs such as general education, courses for majors, and high‐demand service courses (e.g., senior seminar courses).
Interdisciplinary Research in the Sciences (IRIS) Grant
The College of Sciences IRIS grants are designed to encourage faculty to engage in interdisciplinary research at EIU. Research projects with at least one primary investigator from COS will be considered. Other team members may be from departments in any college or any other unit within EIU. Up to five awards may be given annually, ranging from $1000 to $5000. Recipients will be chosen by a college committee based upon merits of the proposed projects. It is hoped that IRIS grants will provide funds for EIU scientists to complete pilot projects that may lead to future external funding.