Published: April 5, 2024 By

The Distinguished Research Lectureship is among the highest honors bestowed by the faculty upon a CU Boulder colleague. Each year, the Research & Innovation Office (RIO) requests nominations and a faculty review panel recommends one or more faculty members as recipients.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, May 20, 2024Nominations should be submitted online.

Recent recipients

Kirk Ambrose (Classics)
Rebecca Safran (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)

Shelly L. Miller (Environmental Engineering)
Rubén Donato (Education)

Roy Parker (Biochemistry)
Rebecca Maloy (Music)

Victor Bright (Mechanical Engineering)
Kent Hutchison (Psychology and Neuroscience)

Helmut Müller-Sievers (German and Slavic Languages and Literature)

View Past Recipients

About the lectureship

The Distinguished Research Lectureship honors a tenured faculty member, research professor (associate or full) or adjoint professor who has been with CU Boulder for at least five years and is widely recognized for a distinguished body of academic or creative achievement and prominence, as well as contributions to the educational and service missions of CU Boulder.

The selection of the Distinguished Research Lecturer is based on the research and creative record of the nominee as presented in the nomination application and as recognized by experts in the field.

Recipients typically present a lecture in the fall or spring following selection and receive a $2,000 stipend.


Nominees for the Distinguished Research Lectureship must be: tenured faculty member, research professor (associate or full) or adjoint professor who has been with CU Boulder for at least five years; recognized nationally/internationally for scholarship, research and creative work; and highly regarded for contributions to CU Boulder and its reputation.

Nomination procedure

Any faculty member may submit a nomination to the vice chancellor for Research & Innovation. The nomination’s supporting materials should include:

  • A statement (two to three pages) explaining the importance of the nominee’s research or creative work in his/her field and summarizing the research record
  • A current record of the nominee’s accomplishments or a current CV
  • A limited number of letters of recommendation from experts outside CU Boulder (as well as inside letters if appropriate)
  • If an applicant is not a recipient, the submission will remain in a pool of submissions for the following year. It may be appended as necessary before the next application deadline.

Submit a Nomination