Research Honors and Awards

Columbia University in the City of New York is proud of the external honors and awards recognizing the pioneering research conducted by our distinguished faculty members. The information provided on this page is an abbreviated snapshot of Columbia's current research community, and cannot purport to be comprehensive. If you have awards information to add to this current listing, please contact Marley Bauce, Manager of Research Initiatives, at

The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, is a set of 24 awards for artistic and technical merit in the American film industry, given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy's voting membership.

The American Council of Learned Societies is a private, nonprofit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations, and the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Central to its work is to advance scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies.

The Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects is its highest annual honor recognizing individuals whose work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture, and is considered one of the most prestigious awards in the architecture world.

The AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Architectural Education, jointly presented by AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, recognizes outstanding individual contributions in architectural education.

The Albert Lasker Awards Program recognizes the contributions of scientists, physicians, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human disease.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an honorary society composed of many of the most accomplished scholars and practitioners worldwide, and that recognizes achievement in the natural sciences, sciences, arts, and humanities.

The American Academy of Nursing recognizes nursing's most accomplished leaders in education management, practice, and research and serves the public and nursing profession through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge to advance health policy and practice.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing engineering and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people.

The Distinguished Scientist Award, administered every two years by the American Association for Dental Research, recognizes and honors outstanding research of particular significance in any of the fields related to oral science.

The Association for Consumer Research recognizes certain members as Fellows for their lifetime for "significant impact on scholarly work in consumer behavior."

The Beckman Young Investigator Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences.

The Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, funded by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, celebrates the innovative achievements of young postdoctoral and faculty scientists who work in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.

The Blue Planet Prize recognizes major contributions of individuals and organizations worldwide in solving global environmental problems.

The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recognizes physicists - theoretical, mathematical, experimental -  who have made profound contributions to human knowledge. In exceptional cases, a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics can be awarded at any time, forgoing the nomination process.

The Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics rewards significant discoveries across the many branches of mathematics.

The Burroughs Wellcome Career Award awards physician-scientists committed to an academic career in order to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service.

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences.

The Champalimaud Vision Award recognizes contributions to general vision research and contributions to the alleviation of visual problems, primarily in developing countries.

The Clare Boothe Luce Program recognizes and provides private support for new female faculty members in science, mathematics, and engineering.

The American Accounting Association's Deloitte Foundation Wildman Medal Award recognizes significant contributions to the practice of accounting.

The Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award provides grants to junior physician scientists that facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers.

The American Economic Association's Elaine Bennett Research Prize recognizes, supports, and encourages young women in the economics profession.

The Feldstein Medical Foundation is created to promote and advance previously neglected areas of medical research.

The Fields Medal is awarded every four years by the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement.

The Franklin Institute encourages and provides public recognition of excellence in science and technology.

The Gilbert A. Churchill Award is for lifetime achievement in the academic study of marketing research.

The International Prize Program of the Gruber Foundation honors individuals in the fields of Cosmology, Genetics, and Neuroscience, whose groundbreaking work provides new models that inspire and enable fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture.

Howard Hughes Medical Investigator Program provides biomedical researchers with long-term, flexible funding that gives them the freedom to explore and, if necessary, change research direction by employing scientists as investigators rather than awarding them grants for specific research projects.

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Lancaster Prize is given for the best contribution to operations research and the management sciences.

The Jefferson Science Fellowship Program, administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, recognizes American academic science, technology, engineering, and medical communities in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and international development programming.

The Kaufmann Junior Faculty Fellowships in Entrepreneurial Research recognizes tenured or tenure-track junior faculty members who are beginning to establish a record of scholarship and exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to the body of research in the field of entrepreneurship.

The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for their seminal advances in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience.

The Keck Foundation Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting medical research and science and engineering projects that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field.

The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.

The Macy Faculty Scholars Program aims to accelerate needed reforms in the education of health professions in order to accommodate the dramatic changes occurring in medical practice and health care delivery.

The Mallinckrodt Foundation Scholar Award Program aims to support early stage investigators engaged in basic biomedical research who have the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of disease.

The Microsoft Faculty Research Fellowship recognizes innovative, promising new faculty members who are exploring breakthrough, high-impact research that has the potential to help solve some of today’s most challenging societal problems.

The National Academy of Engineering grants membership - one of the highest professional engineering honors - to engineers who have distinguished themselves in business and academic management, in technical positions, as university faculty, and as leaders in government and private engineering organizations.

The National Academy of Inventors awards the highest professional distinction to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the societal welfare.

The National Academy of Medicine elects members in recognition of distinguished professional achievement in a field related to medicine and health, demonstrated and continued involvement with the issues of health care, prevention of disease, education, or research, and commitment to volunteer service in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

The National Academy of Sciences recognizes members for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original scientific research.

The National Medal of Science is a Presidential Award awarded to individuals "deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences" (social and behavioral sciences were included in 1980).

The NIH Director's Early Independence Award provides exceptional early career scientists the opportunity to move rapidly into independent research positions at U.S. institutions by omitting the traditional post-doctoral training period.

The NIH NCI's Outstanding Investigator Award supports accomplished leaders in cancer research who are providing significant contributions toward understanding cancer and developing applications that may lead to a breakthrough in biomedical, behavioral, or clinical cancer research.

The NIH Director's Pioneer Award supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity, who propose pioneering and transforming approaches to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research.

The Nobel Prize is a set of annual international awards bestowed in recognition of outstanding achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and for work in peace.

For a full list of all 82 of Columbia's faculty, alumni, and administrators who have been awarded Nobel Prizes, please visit here.

The American Accounting Association's Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award recognizes research of exceptional merit in the field of accounting.

The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.

The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering recognize and allow the nation’s most promising professors to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited reporting requirements.

The American Marketing Association's Paul D. Converse Award recognizes outstanding contributions to marketing scholarship.

The Presidential Early Career (PECASE) Award, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding young scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers, recognizes some of the finest scientists and engineers who already show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge in the 21st century.

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health.

The Rita Allen Foundation Scholars program embraces innovative research with above-average risk and groundbreaking possibilities by funding basic biomedical research in the fields of cancer, immunology and neuroscience.

The Society of Consumer Psychology's SCP Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award honors psychologists who have made significant and lasting contributions in the field of consumer psychology.

The Searle Scholars Program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position at a participating academic or research institution.

The Shaw Prize honors individuals, regardless of race, nationality, gender and religious belief, who have recently achieved significant breakthrough in Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, or Mathematical Sciences, and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind.

The Simons Fellows programs in both Mathematics and Theoretical Physics provide funds to faculty for up to a semester-long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations.

The Simons Investigators program provides a stable base of support for outstanding scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing creative new research directions, providing leadership to the field, and effectively mentoring junior scientists.

The Simons Math+X Investigator program funds professors at U.S. and Canadian universities to establish programs at the interface between mathematics and other fields of science or engineering.

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.

The Society for Consumer Psychology's fellowship recognizes outstanding and lasting research contributions to consumer psychology.

The William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement recognizes significant contributions to oral health and dental education.

The William J. Gies Award recognizes the best papers in the Clinical, Biological, and Biomaterials & Bioengineering categories published in the Journal of Dental Research.

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers by funding five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand junior researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas.

The Wolf Prize is awarded yearly by the Wolf Foundation in Israel to outstanding living scientists and artists for achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations among peoples.

The Yngve Ericsson Prize, funded by The Swedish Patent Revenue Fund for Research in Preventive Odontology, is awarded once every three years in acknowledgement of outstanding contributions to prevention of oral diseases.


The awards listed here were provided by research leadership of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, School of Nursing, College of Dental Medicine, and the Graduate School of Business. The Office of Research Initiatives updates this listing whenever notified of a new award, as well as every summer with the arrival and departure of new faculty.

The above list does not include internal awards, nor does it include awards received by researchers who have since left Columbia University.