Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards

O'Donnell Awards

The call for nominations for the 2018 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards closed on April 30.

The O’Donnell Awards annually recognize rising Texas researchers who are addressing the essential role that science and technology play in society, and whose work meets the highest standards of exemplary professional performance, creativity and resourcefulness.

The O’Donnell Awards acknowledge outstanding achievements by Texas-based researchers in four categories: medicine, engineering, science and technology innovation.

Each award includes a $25,000 honorarium and an invitation to present at TAMEST’s Annual Conference in January.

2017 O’Donnell Awards Recipients

2017 O'Donnell Awards recipients

Discovering new clues to natural treatments that could allow our bodies to age better. Inventing new ways to see with lasers what’s happening in our brains. And searching for keys to our immune systems by studying parasite-resistant fish. These are the discoveries by Texas’ rising stars in research being honored with the 2017 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards by TAMEST.

This year’s recipients of the O’Donnell Awards showcase the best and brightest in Texas research, whose creative work could have a lasting impact on our lives.

Meng Wang, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine

Andrew Dunn, Ph.D.
The University of Texas at Austin

Daniel Bolnick, Ph.D.
The University of Texas at Austin

Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards 10th Anniversary

2016 marked the 10th anniversary of the O’Donnell Awards. Over $1 million has been awarded to dozens of recipients in the categories of medicine, engineering, science and technology innovation since the inception of the program. The awards are named in honor of Edith and Peter O’Donnell who are among Texas’ staunchest advocates for excellence in scientific advancement and STEM education.

O’Donnell Awards Supporters

The Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards Endowment Fund was established in 2005 through the generous contributions of the following individuals and organizations:

  • Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Altshuler
  • Anonymous
  • Austin Industries, Inc. and William T. Solomon, Chairman
  • Julie and Louis Beecherl
  • Melanie and Tim Byrne
  • Mr. and Mrs. W. Plack Carr, Jr.
  • William P. and Rita Clements, Jr.
  • Collins Family Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Copley
  • The Cullen Foundation
  • Cullen Trust for Health Care
  • Cullen Trust for Higher Education
  • Dell Inc.
  • Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
  • Kodosky Foundation
  • The Eugene McDermott Foundation
  • The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation
  • The Rodger Meier Family
  • Joyce and Harvey Mitchell
  • National Instruments
  • Edith and Peter O’Donnell
  • Margot and Ross Perot
  • Caren H. Prothro & The Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation
  • Rowling Foundation
  • SBC Foundation
  • Southwestern Medical Foundation
  • Ron and Phyllis Steinhart
  • Temple-Inland
  • Texas Instruments Foundation
  • TXU Energy
  • Valero Energy Foundation
  • Dr. and Mrs. Kern Wildenthal
  • Cheryl and Sam Wyly
  • Dee and Charles Wyly
  • Zachry Foundation


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