Rainmaker Awards

The Office of Research & Economic Development, Campus Federal Credit Union, and the Council on Research have established the Rainmaker Awards, given each year to faculty who show outstanding research, scholarship, and creative activity for their respective ranks and discipline. The awards recognize both sustained and continuing work, as well as the impact that work has had on the faculty members, their department, and their academic community.

Nominations are solicited from faculty, departments, and colleges for the emerging, mid-career, and senior scholar awards.  For each award category, one award is given to a faculty member in the area of Arts, Humanities, Social, or Behavioral Sciences, and one to a faculty member in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics. Nominations are reviewed and prizes awarded by members of the Council on Research. Each award comes with a one-time cash stipend and recipients are recognized during the spring semester at an afternoon reception.

The call for nominations is made each year in the beginning of October. Nominations are due the first Monday of December.

Award Categories

Recognition of outstanding research/creative productivity and scholarship for a junior faculty member holding a tenure-track or tenured position at LSU. As of the deadline for nomination, no more than nine (9) years shall have passed since the completion of the terminal degree (defined as the most advanced degree offered in a given discipline, ordinarily required for a faculty position in that discipline).

Recognition of a faculty member holding a tenure-track or tenured position at LSU who is exhibiting a sustained program of excellence, and has strong name recognition in his or her field. As of the deadline for nomination, no more than sixteen (16) years shall have passed since completion of the terminal degree (defined as the most advanced degree offered in a given discipline, ordinarily required for a faculty position in that discipline).

Recognition of a tenured faculty member at LSU who has exhibited a sustained program of excellence as measured by significant contributions to his or her field. The nominee’s record is expected to be comparable to the quality that is considered for the Distinguished Research Master award.


 

Council on Research Programs

The Council on Research supports the following grant and recognition programs:

Distinguished Research Master Awards

Rainmaker Awards

Presidential Award for Discovery

Summer Stipend Grants Awards

 

Important Links

RAINMAKER AWARD GUIDELINES

Rainmaker Award Nomination Page

List of Previous Rainmakers