Nomination FAQ


1. Who may nominate a researcher? (Back to Top)

  • Anyone in the scientific community may nominate a researcher, as long as they can speak to the researcher’s professionalism and integrity. Nominators might be colleagues, collaborators, mentees or trainees, department chairs, academic deans, university administrators, etc. We are no longer seeking nominations, and sincerely thank those who submitted nominations.

2. How do I nominate a researcher? (Back to Top)

  • To nominate a researcher, simply complete a short online form. We will ask you to fill in basic information about the researcher and provide a response to three brief questions. Please also upload the researcher’s CV or provide a link to it online. We estimate the form will take about 10 minutes.

3. Who can I nominate? (Back to Top)

  • We seek nominations of researchers who lead labs that produce high-quality, high-impact, federally-funded research in any empirical science discipline including, but not limited to, social, natural, physical, life, or biomedical science. These individuals may be junior, mid-career, or senior investigators in the United States. Additionally, they must have an outstanding reputation for leadership and integrity in the research environment.

4. Does the nominee have to be a researcher at my own institution? (Back to Top)

  • No. As long as you can speak to their integrity and professionalism in research, you can nominate anyone who fits the criteria.

5. What specific information will I need to complete the nomination form? (Back to Top)

  • The nominee’s name, email address, phone number, university and department/division affiliation.
  • A brief explanation of the nominee’s research program and how they demonstrate exceptional professionalism and integrity.
  • We will also ask you to assist us by providing the name and contact information for one or more of the nominee’s colleagues, collaborators, trainees, mentees, mentors, or supervisors. For further consideration, each nominee will need to receive a second endorsement. We will invite second endorsements using the information you provide.
  • An electronic copy of the nominee’s CV or biography, or a link to it.

6. How will nominees learn of their nomination? (Back to Top)

  • Our team will contact the nominees via email or phone. We will ask nominees if they are interested in participating in the project, which would mean, if selected as a finalist, participating in a one hour telephone interview about their practices and being listed as an exemplar on our project website.

7. What is the time commitment associated with being recognized as a research exemplar? (Back to Top)

  • Research exemplars will be asked to commit to a one hour telephone interview about their leadership practices at their convenience.

8. How will nominees be selected as finalists for recognition as a research exemplar? (Back to Top)

  • The responses provided to the questions on the nomination form will be reviewed by several panelists, including Dr. James DuBois, the P.I. Program Director, Dr. Alison Antes, the principal investigator for the study, and advisors to her research project, who are senior researchers in several scientific fields. The responses will be rated on a common rubric so that we may objectively identify the top nominees.

Exemplar Crystal Award9. How will exemplars be recognized? (Back to Top)

  • Exemplars will be recognized on the website which will feature a short bio for each exemplar. Additionally, exemplars will receive a small crystal award engraved with their name, as shown.

10. Who may I contact if I have additional questions? (Back to Top)

  • Please contact Alison Antes, PhD, the principal investigator for The Research Exemplar Project, at or 314-362-6006.



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