TAMEST Hosts O’Donnell Awards Information Sessions

2021 New NAS Members

TAMEST is hosting two information sessions on the Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards on Thursday, April 7 to discuss the nomination and selection process for the prestigious awards. 

The programming will be broken into two sessions: the Medicine, Engineering, Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences Awards will take place at 10 a.m. CT and the Technology Innovation Award will take place at 2 p.m. CT.

“Attending the Information Session provides an easy method for learning what is required for nominating O’Donnell Award Recipients,” said O’Donnell Awards Committee Chair Ann Beal Salamone, Rochal Industries, LLC. “This $25,000 Award is nationally recognized and career building. The nomination process is efficient and not difficult — attending the information sessions increases your efficiency and is designed to answer questions.”

Ms. Salamone will host both sessions, and each will also include a member of the TAMEST O’Donnell Awards Sub-Committee. Speakers include Bonnie Bartel, Ph.D. (NAS), Rice University, who sits on the Biological Sciences Subcommittee and Oliver C. Mullins, Ph.D. (NAE), Schlumberger Limited, who sits on the Technology Innovation Subcommittee.

“Texas has a plethora of talented, creative scientists who are on the forefront of research and product innovation,” said Ms. Salamone. “Recognizing them also recognizes our ‘can do, never give up’ culture for scientific knowledge gaps and solving these gaps. With each of us nominating individuals every year, we highlight our strong research community statewide as well as nationally.”

For the medicine, engineering, biological and physical sciences award categories, qualified nominators include TAMEST members, chancellors, university presidents, provosts, deans, vice presidents for research, department chairs and former recipients of the award. For the technology innovation award category, qualified nominators include TAMEST members, industry executives, administrators, managers and supervisors, chancellors, university presidents, provosts, deans, vice presidents for research and department chairs.

“Academics should consider nominating Technology Innovation candidates from their pool of industry supporters or from those companies that would be desirable supporters,” said Ms. Salamone. “Nominating an industry innovator and talking together supports academic/industry collaboration; hence, fostering job opportunities for students, financial support for academic initiatives, new grant opportunities, and expanded research knowledge.” 

Join the sessions to learn more about how the awards work and what makes a competitive nomination. 

The deadline to nominate for the 2023 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards is May 31.

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