Extraordinary members of the University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty were honored May 11 with awards supported by the estate of professor, Senator and Regent William F. Vilas (1840-1908).
Twenty professors were named to Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorships, an award recognizing distinguished scholarship as well as standout efforts in teaching and service. The professorship provides flexible funding over five years — two-thirds of which is provided by the Office of the Provost through the generosity of the Vilas trustees, and one-third provided by the school or college whose dean nominated the winner.
Laura Kiessling, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was among the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorships awardees.
Twenty-seven professors received Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Awards, recognizing research and teaching excellence. The award provides flexible research funding for one year.
Professor John Berry was among the Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Awards recipients.