Awards + Honors

Awards & Honors

Maria Mastalerz, a research geologist for the Indiana Geological and Water Survey and adjunct professor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, has been awarded the Reinhardt Thiessen Medal from the International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology — the highest honor given in her field.


Ellen Wu, associate professor in History, has been named a New America Fellow, Class of 2022. This program supports visionary researches who create powerful, exciting ideas that shape and influence the conversations about the most pressing issues of our time.  


Ankur Dalia, associate professor in Biology, has been recognized by the American Society for Microbiology with its Award for Early Career Basic Research for his outstanding contributions to microbial sciences.


Michael Van Nieuwenhze, professor in Chemistry, was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Fellow membership in the Royal Society of Chemistry is recognition by the membership and officers of the RSC of attainment of a high professional standing not just within chemistry, but also to the wider community.


Bernice Pescosolido, distinguished professor of Sociology, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. She is the only IU faculty member ever to be elected to two of the national academies. In 2016, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.


Claudia Johnson, professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, has been named a Class of 1948 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor. “The selection recognizes outstanding scholars and teachers who exemplify Wells' values, including devotion to diversity, inclusion, student learning and academic excellence."


Six College faculty members have been named distinguished professors, “the highest academic title for IU's most outstanding and renowned scholars and researchers”: Judith Allen, Walter Professor of History; David Fisher, Ruth N. Halls Professor of Mathematics; Matthew Hahn, professor of Biology, Christoph Irmscher, Provost Professor of English; Martin Jarrold, the Robert and Marjorie Mann Chair in Chemistry and professor of Chemistry; and Malcolm Winkler, professor of Biology.


Emily Fyfe, associate professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, received the 2020-2021 Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. This prestigious, campus-level honor for pre-tenure faculty comes with $15,000 to go toward research, scholarship, or creative activity.