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Awards & Distinctions

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty are essential to research at DePaul; they are passionate artists, scholars, scientists, leaders, mentors and innovators. Here, we acknowledge the awards, recognitions and distinctions of some of our most distinguished faculty members—respected leaders and innovators within our campus community and in their disciplines. Their work, with a relentless focus on the greater good, invigorates intellectual inquiry, fuels discovery, and strengthens the teaching and learning environment of the University.


NSF Career Awards are the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

2021 Recipients

Isuru Godage
, Formerly of Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media

CAREER: Transformable and Reconfigurable Soft Robots

Soft Robotics: Bend Them, Shake Them, Anyway You Want Them​

2019 Recipients

Past Recipients

Sarah Elwood, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Jane Huang, Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media

James Riely, Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media

Quinetta Shelby, College of Science and Health

Fulbright Scholar Award

The Fulbright Scholar Program is one of the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange programs in the world; it promotes and recognizes the critical relationship between educational exchange and international understanding. The program grants approximately 470 teaching, research or combination teaching and research awards in over 125 countries. Exchange opportunities are available for students.

Faculty/Staff Recipients

Student Recipients

A list of past student recipients for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences can be found here.

DePaul Spirit of Inquiry Award

In support of the University’s belief that the quest for knowledge is the foundation upon which the idea of a university rests, and the purpose that unites both teacher and student, the University Research Council (URC) makes annual DePaul University Spirit of Inquiry Awards. The Awards honor specific research, scholarly or creative achievements that exhibit commitment to that spirit of creative inquiry, which we endeavor to inspire in our students.


  • Alexei Sivertsev, Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences 
  • Carolina Sternberg, Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences ​
  • ​​Delia Cosen​tino, Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Jacob Furst, Professor, Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media
  • Tanu Malik, Associate Professor, Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media​​​

Spirit of DePaul Award

The Spirit of DePaul Award was instituted during DePaul's Centennial celebration to highlight institutional Vincentian Values and their relation to the achievement of DePaul's mission. The award also seeks to personally honor and recognize diverse members of the DePaul Community for their leadership and service in the spirit of Saint Vincent de Paul.


  • ​​Jay Baglia, faculty, College of Communication​​
  • Aurora Chavez, staff, Facility Operations ​
  • Nancy Grossman, staff, Honors Program ​
  • Rick Moreci, staff, Housing, Dining & Student Centers 
  • Rod Waters, staff, Residential Education
  • Michael Wright, staff, University Registrar

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Awards and Distinction

  • ​​Alumnae Vanessa Coffman, Yolanda Luna-Mroz, Jamila Parham, Sangeeta Shah, Lindsay Zimmerman, Kris Sorich were named Notable Women in STEM by Crain's Chicago Business. Learn more.
  • Coya Paz, The Theatre School, received the  2023 Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Award for Innovations in Institutional Leadership. ​  Learn more.
  • Mischa Zupko, School of Music, was named 2024 Guest Composer by the Fermi Research Alliance. Learn more​
  • David Wang​, College of Business, is ranked as one of the top 5 productive accounting information systems researchers, by the BYU ranking. Learn More​.
  • Anne Saw presents her research on racial healing at White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders Summit. Learn More.
  • Francesca Royster was honored with the 2023 Ralph J. Gleason Book Award by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.    Learn More.
  • Jay Cohen receives  Story of the Year honors  from Associated Press Sports Editors.  Learn More.​
  • Craig Klugman ​receives Health Humanities Consortium Lifetime Achievement Award.  Learn more​
  • Jennifer Rosato Perea, dean for DePaul’s College of Law, was recognized with the Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Excellence and Top Women in Law Award.  Lea​rn More.

Notable Academic Unit Awards and Distinctions

  • ​​DePaul is ranked as one of the top 10 research-productive schools in accounting information systems based on the BYU ranking. Learn More​.
  • ​​Coleman Center receives Nasdaq Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. Learn More
  • DePaul Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media's Game Design Program ranked among best in country for 2023.  Learn More.​
  • Fortune Magazine names DePaul's Master's in Cybersecurity, Data Science among Top in Country​. Learn More.
  • DePaul Law is once again an outstanding law school according to The Princeton Review, which  named the school to its list of Best Law Schools for 2023.  Learn More.
  • DePaul Named Best school in Midwest for Animation​.  Learn More.

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