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Distinguished Professor Award

The Distinguished Professor Award recognizes outstanding scholarly and creative accomplishments and is the highest permanent recognition attainable by faculty at Ohio University. Recipients must have attained tenure and completed a minimum of five years of service at Ohio University.

Among the privileges granted to Distinguished Professors is the honor of annually naming an undergraduate student to receive a year's full-tuition scholarship, lifetime designation title of Distinguished Professor, a one-quarter paid research leave, stipend, and travel support.

The award, first given in 1959, is supported by an endowment provided by Edwin and Ruth Kennedy to the Baker Fund.


Gerardine Botte named 2015 Distinguished Professor

May 1, 2015

Gerardine Botte

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis bestowed the 2015 Distinguished Professor Award on Gerardine Botte, Russ Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, on May 1, 2015 during the Graduate Commencement Exercises.

The prestigious Distinguished Professor award was established in 1959 and recognizes scholarly accomplishment, professional reputation and contribution to the University.

With the honor, Botte will receive a lifetime designation, one semester of academic leave and the privilege of naming one undergraduate student annually to receive a distinguished professor scholarship.

Gerri Botte, who is also the director of the Russ College’s Center for Electrochemical Engineering (CEER), is known internationally for developing the electrochemical engineering “pee-to-power” process in which hydrogen can be created from human and animal wastewater for use in fuel cells with clean water as the only byproduct.

Founded by Botte in 2002 as a research lab, CEER now occupies a dedicated, 20,000 square foot facility with more than $10 million in state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure; houses researchers and students with specialized expertise in electrochemical engineering; and fosters relationships with faculty, government labs and agencies, and other industry members.



April 29, 2016

Dr. Judith Yaross Lee and Dr. Alexander Govorov named as the 2016 Distinguished Professors

February 23, 2016

Distinguished Professor Gerardine Botte presents lecture

February 19, 2016

Distinguished Professor Tadeusz Malinski honored by Ohio State Senate

November 6, 2015

Distinguished Professor Charles Smith named as keynote speaker for fall commencement

October 19, 2015

Ohio University ranks first in state for university research licensing revenue for fiscal year 2014, largely due to Distinguished Professor John Kopchick's research

September 30, 2015

Distinguished Professor John Kopchick honored by Danish university

September 22, 2015

Distinguished Professor Alonzo Hamby publishes book on FDR

August 17, 2015

Distinguished Professor Tom Carpenter edits book on 'Italic People of Ancient Apulia'

July 15, 2015

Distinguished Professor Damian Nance publishes new book on physical geology

May 1, 2015

Gerardine Botte named 2015 Distinguished Professor

March 16, 2015

Christopher France to discuss blood donation

March 10, 2015

Distinguished Professor Christopher France presents lecture

February 10, 2015

Meet Distinguished Professor Christopher France

August 4, 2014

Distinguished Professor Damian Nance elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America

May 2, 2014

Christopher France named 2014 Distinguished Professor

May 1, 2014

Distinguished Professor Damian Nance publishes book on engine houses of Cornwall

March 3, 2014

University Community honors Carpenter as Distinguished Professor

Feb 2, 2014

Distinguished Professor Tom Carpenter

May 3, 2013

Tom Carpenter named Distinguished Professor at 2013 Graduate Commencement ceremony

Mar 18, 2013

"Growth Hormone, Mini Mice, Football, Dirty Shorts and A New Drug."

Mar 5, 2013

Meet Distinguished Professor John Kopchick

June 8, 2012

John Kopchick named Distinguished Professor

Mar 5, 2012

Distinguished Professor finds appeal of short poems

Mar 1, 2012

Distinguished Professor Lecture and Portrait Unveiling

August 31, 2011

Tadeusz Malinski accepts Doctor Honoris Causa award from Poznan University of Technology

Jun 11, 2011

Mark Halliday named Distinguished Professor

Mar 16, 2011

University mourns death of Distinguished Professor of Physics

Mar 8, 2011

University mourns death of Distinguished Professor

Feb 10, 2011

Meet Distinguished Professor Charles Smith