Grants & Awards

Cottrell Scholar Awards

About the Program

Introduction

Begun in 1994, the Cottrell Scholar Award Program (CSA) funds early career faculty in the physical sciences and related fields who are committed to excellence in both research and undergraduate teaching at U.S. research universities. The premise is that the right combination of high-caliber research, integrated with modern, interactive educational tools, creates the perfect environment for scientific breakthroughs and outstanding learning outcomes for the next generation of U.S. scientists.

Another key objective of the program is to build an interdisciplinary community of outstanding teacher-scholars dedicated to becoming leaders in both research and teaching and who, collectively, have the potential to change the way science is taught nationally. To facilitate networking and dissemination of effective practices, Cottrell Scholars are required to attend the annual Cottrell Scholar Conference.

Desired outcomes of the CSA program include:

  • A culture shift in research universities toward valuing the teacher-scholar model
  • Increased attraction and retention of undergraduates in science
  • Increased number of undergraduates pursuing graduate degrees

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