Engineering Research Council - Curtis W. McGraw Research Award
Description and Nomination Guidelines


Nominations for this year's award will be accepted through December 2, 2016. The award is presented at the ERC Annual Conference's Business Luncheon in Arlington, VA on March 7, 2017.

Curtis W. McGraw (1895-1953) began his career with McGraw-Hill in 1920 in the book company's shipping department and worked his way up to the presidency of that company in 1950. As a successful business executive, he carved for himself a place of importance and distinction in the book publishing world.

The Curtis W. McGraw Research Award was established in 1957 to recognize outstanding early achievements by young engineering college research workers and to encourage the continuance of such productivity.

The Award: The annual award is sponsored by the Engineering Research Council with the assistance of the McGraw-Hill Book Company. The award consists of a $1,500 honorarium and a certificate, as well as reasonable travel costs, up to $750, to attend the Engineering Research Council (ERC) Annual Conference where the award is presented.

Qualifications: Because this award recognizes the significant achievements of young researchers and educators, recipients must demonstrate:

  1. Research activity in one or more types of research ordinarily carried on by engineering colleges or institutes of technology.
  2. Achievement of important advances accepted by colleagues and by others in the field of specialization with emphasis on quality rather than quantity as well as sound and productive thinking and with a promise for making other significant contributions.
  3. Outstanding research abilities, including discoveries and other original contributions to engineering fundamentals; conceptions and improvements of laboratory techniques or devices; the publication of books, monographs and scholarly papers; and activities in educational professional societies.
  4. Candidates must be under 40 years of age on June 30th of the year the award is presented. 

Past Award Winners

Nomination Guidelines

Nomination form can be found here.

A complete Award Nomination Form consists of the following items:

  1. Cover Page - This letter includes information on the nominee as well as contact information for the nominator.
  2. Award Citation - A brief statement, not to exceed 100 words, giving the major accomplishments for which the award is being made. This will be used in the award announcement should the nominee be selected as the awardee.
  3. Rationale for Nomination - A statement, not to exceed 700 words, on why the candidate is being nominated for the award.
  4. Curriculum Vitae - Degrees earned (university and granting dates); other postgraduate study; record of positions held (starting with most recent and working back, outlining dates for each); publications (including all books, published papers and articles); ASEE activities and offices held; awards, honors and inventions.
  5. Supporting Letters - A minimum of three and a maximum of four supporting letters from colleagues and/or former students should be included with all award nominations.

Questions about the award or nomination process can be sent to:

John Leonard
Professor and Executive Deanr
School of Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University
email: jdleonard@vcu.edu
Chair, ASEE Engineering Research Council Awards Committee

Send all nominations as a single PDF file by email by December 2, 2016, 5:00 pm EST to John Leonard.
The subject line should read: 2017 Curtis W. McGraw Research Award Nomination.

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Engineering Research Council - Curtis W. McGraw Research Award
Description and Nomination Guidelines


Nominations for this year's award will be accepted through December 2, 2016. The award is presented at the ERC Annual Conference's Business Luncheon in Arlington, VA on March 7, 2017.

Curtis W. McGraw (1895-1953) began his career with McGraw-Hill in 1920 in the book company's shipping department and worked his way up to the presidency of that company in 1950. As a successful business executive, he carved for himself a place of importance and distinction in the book publishing world.

The Curtis W. McGraw Research Award was established in 1957 to recognize outstanding early achievements by young engineering college research workers and to encourage the continuance of such productivity.

The Award: The annual award is sponsored by the Engineering Research Council with the assistance of the McGraw-Hill Book Company. The award consists of a $1,500 honorarium and a certificate, as well as reasonable travel costs, up to $750, to attend the Engineering Research Council (ERC) Annual Conference where the award is presented.

Qualifications: Because this award recognizes the significant achievements of young researchers and educators, recipients must demonstrate:

  1. Research activity in one or more types of research ordinarily carried on by engineering colleges or institutes of technology.
  2. Achievement of important advances accepted by colleagues and by others in the field of specialization with emphasis on quality rather than quantity as well as sound and productive thinking and with a promise for making other significant contributions.
  3. Outstanding research abilities, including discoveries and other original contributions to engineering fundamentals; conceptions and improvements of laboratory techniques or devices; the publication of books, monographs and scholarly papers; and activities in educational professional societies.
  4. Candidates must be under 40 years of age on June 30th of the year the award is presented. 

Past Award Winners

Nomination Guidelines

Nomination form can be found here.

A complete Award Nomination Form consists of the following items:

  1. Cover Page - This letter includes information on the nominee as well as contact information for the nominator.
  2. Award Citation - A brief statement, not to exceed 100 words, giving the major accomplishments for which the award is being made. This will be used in the award announcement should the nominee be selected as the awardee.
  3. Rationale for Nomination - A statement, not to exceed 700 words, on why the candidate is being nominated for the award.
  4. Curriculum Vitae - Degrees earned (university and granting dates); other postgraduate study; record of positions held (starting with most recent and working back, outlining dates for each); publications (including all books, published papers and articles); ASEE activities and offices held; awards, honors and inventions.
  5. Supporting Letters - A minimum of three and a maximum of four supporting letters from colleagues and/or former students should be included with all award nominations.

Questions about the award or nomination process can be sent to:

John Leonard
Professor and Executive Deanr
School of Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University
email: jdleonard@vcu.edu
Chair, ASEE Engineering Research Council Awards Committee

Send all nominations as a single PDF file by email by December 2, 2016, 5:00 pm EST to John Leonard.
The subject line should read: 2017 Curtis W. McGraw Research Award Nomination.

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