The CUNY Faculty Awards Expansion Project is designed to increase the number of awards, named fellowships, keynote and plenary talks, and other signs of professional recognition that CUNY faculty receive from professional societies, national science organizations, and local science organizations. The project aims to make the successful nomination of colleagues for awards and prizes a normative feature of CUNY science departments.


CUNY faculty in the natural and social sciences are actively involved in research, much of which is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other funding agencies.  The Faculty Awards Expansion Program aims to accelerate the careers of research-active faculty and raise the visibility of the natural and social sciences at CUNY.  The program is intended to strengthen CUNY as an institution and attract more students into natural and social science fields.


The following webinar recordings are designed to help faculty navigate through the award nomination process. Scholarly award experts provide faculty with a toolkit on: the role and functioning of awards committees, identifying ways to pursue awards for promising nominees, approaches for writing successful nomination letters, and methods for garnering support for nominees.   Please feel free to watch at your convenience.




Dr. Peter Stern explains what judges are looking for in a good nomination entry for the Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology.


Scientific awards and prizes provide validation of a researcher’s work.  External recognition can advance careers and influence decisions about promotion and tenure.  Recognition also affects the extent to which a scientist’s work affects the direction of a researcher’s discipline.

There are gender disparities in the proportion of scholarly award winners. Scholarly (as opposed to teaching and service) awards in mathematics, the physical sciences, and the life sciences go disproportionately to men. An analysis of four professional societies found that men receive more than twice as many awards as women, when controlling for the number of women on the nominating committees (Lincoln, Pincus, Koster & Leboy, 2012).

Percentage of female winners by award type and field, 1991-2010 (Lincoln, Pincus, Koster, & Leboy, 2012)

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 Click here for papers on increasing the number of invited women speakers.

Click here for information on the Gender Equity Project at Hunter College.

Click here for more information on the RAISE Project – dedicated to bringing together awards from all different areas of STEM & medicine.