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November 9, 2016

Dear colleagues,

I write to you on behalf of the Honorary Degrees and Special Awards Committee to ask for your help identifying deserving faculty for two important honors. I realize that it is a busy time of the semester, and there are many calls for nomination this time of the year so we have streamlined our nominations process. We are simply asking for your nominee’s contacting information and a brief description of their accomplishments. The committee will follow up with a request for additional information if your nominee is chosen. 

The Edward Kidder Graham Award

This award honors a member of the Voting Faculty who has worked toward President Graham’s ambition “to make the campus co-extensive with the boundaries of the State,” in the context of the University’s modern mission to extend knowledge-based service world-wide. Full information about this award  is available on the Faculty Governance website.

The deadline for nominations is November 18, 2016

The O. Max Gardner Award

This award goes to “that member of the faculty of the Consolidated University of North Carolina, who, during the current scholastic year, has made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.” Nominations will go to the Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards for consideration. The Committee will select one nominee from UNC-Chapel Hill to forward to the Board of Governors Committee on the O. Max Gardner Award. Instructions for submitting a nomination are available on the Faculty Governance website.

The deadline for nominations is December 2, 2016.

I hope you will take a few minutes to think of colleagues who are deserving of these awards. If you have questions about the nominations process, please contact the Office of Faculty Governance at 919-962-2146 or 


Steve W. Matson
Chair of the Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards
Professor of Biology
Dean of The Graduate School

Pictured above: Professors Eugenia Eng and Mimi Chapman receive the 2016 Edward Kidder Graham Award at University Day on October 11, 2016 (Photo credit: Melanie Busby courtesy of UNC News). UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Aziz Sancar was the 2016 co-recipient of the O. Max Gardner Award (Photo credit: Jon Gardiner courtesy of UNC News.)

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