Award Description:

Elmer Decker, recipient of an honorary doctorate of science from UNT, established the Decker Scholar Award to recognize outstanding research in the natural sciences, computational sciences, or technology at the University of North Texas. The recipient holds the title Decker Scholar and receives the earnings from the endowment during a two-year award period given every other year.


All full-time, tenure-track and tenured faculty members in science and technology. Previous recipients of the Decker Scholar Award are not eligible for nomination for at least four years.

Selection Criteria:

Based on the submitted evidence documenting the recipient's research excellence.

Selection Committee:

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Research and Innovation, the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will recommend a recipient  to the President, based on submitted documentation.

Selection Process:

A call for nominees sent out every odd year to all science and technology department chairs. Each chair may submit up to two nominations for faculty from their department. Nominations must include an up-to-date vita and a letter from the chair giving evidence of research excellence. The selection committee will recommend one recipient to the President, based on the submitted documentation. We will announce the recipient at the annual Fall Faculty Convocation.

Use of Funds:

Award recipients may use designated funds at their discretion to enhance and further their research activities.

Past Recipients:

Year Faculty Member Department
2017-19 Elias Kougianos Engineering Technology
2013-2015 Angela Wilson Chemistry
2011-2013 No Award Presented  
2009-2011 Paolo Grigolini Physics
2007-2009 Thomas Cundari Chemistry
2005-2007 Zhibing Hu Physics
2003-2005 Jeff Kelber


2001-2003 R. Daniel Mauldin Mathematics
1999-2001 Alan Marchland


1997-1999 Sam Atkinson

Biological Sciences