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Research Awards

Each year, the U.S. Air Force Academy celebrates the research accomplishments of faculty and cadets with an awards ceremony. Awards are for research conducted between September 1 of the previous calendar year and August 31 of the current calendar year.

MARTINSON SCHOLARSHIP OF TEACHING AND LEARNING (SoTL) AWARDS

SoTL awards are given to members of the Academy faculty for outstanding educational research focused on cadet learning. Winners’ research has potential impact beyond the course(s) involved in the study, and demonstrates overall excellence and acceptance by other experts in the field.

2019-2020 Academic Year Award Winner

Dr. Lynne Chandler-Garcia, Department of Political Science

ROBERT F. MCDERMOTT AWARDS

Brig. Gen. Robert F. McDermott was appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower as the first permanent professor at the Academy and later, the first permanent Dean of the Faculty. He laid the groundwork for creation of the Astronautical Research Laboratory and introduced approximately 30 new academic majors during his tenure. The McDermott Awards recognize faculty excellence in humanities and the social sciences.

2019-2020 Academic Year Award Winners

Lieutenant (USN) Todd Seech, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership – Social Sciences

Lieutenant Colonel David Buchanan, Department of English and Fine Arts – Humanities

Dr. Elizabeth Phillips, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership – Immediate Impact

Dr. Randall L Musselman, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering – Technology Transfer

THOMAS D. MOORE AWARDS

Presented in honor of Maj. Thomas D. Moore, a former professor of physics and electrical engineering at the Academy, this award celebrates the outstanding work of cadets during the Cadet Summer Research Program.

2019-2020 Academic Year Award Winners

C1C Mariah R. Ford – Basic Science Division and Overall

C1C John Marshall Sponaugle – Social Sciences Division

C1C Zachary K. Bailey – Engineering Division

C1C Lawrence J. King – Humanities Division

FRANK J. SEILER AWARDS

Col. Frank Seiler is well remembered for his devotion to increasing the stature of in-house Air Force laboratories and improving career opportunities for young officer scientists. Sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Seiler Awards recognize outstanding researchers conducting basic scientific and engineering research.

2019-2020 Academic Year Award Winners

Dr. Kimberly de La Harpe, Department of Physics – Basic Sciences

Major Judson Dressler, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering – Engineering

DEAN OF THE FACULTY AWARD: OUTSTANDING CADET RESEARCH

2019-2020 Academic Year Award Winners

C2C Zachary Eyler – Individual

C1C Hankins & C1C Van Der Linden – Team