Research Recognition Award (RRA) Committee

The Research Recognition Award recognizes cumulative and ongoing contributions to research, broadly defined. The Research Recognition Award (RRA) Committee reviews nominations for the award and recommends candidate(s) to the Senate, which confers the award jointly with the Provost. The recipient presents at the annual Research Open House in March and is recognized at commencement.


Members, 2023–24

The Research Recognition Award Committee consists of 5–9 voting members, a majority of them faculty: the chair of the committee, who is elected by the Senate from among faculty constituents; and at least four Senate constituents drawn from different schools, as well as the Library and, jointly, those departments not associated with a school, who shall be ineligible for the award their term of service. Committee members need not be senators to be elected.

  • Jeffrey Hogrefe, Committee Chair (Professor, Humanities & Media Studies, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences)
  • Matte Nyberg (Visiting Assistant Professor, Assistant Chair, Industrial Design, School of Design)
  • Alice Colverd (Visiting Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Architecture, School of Architecture)
  • Daniel De Las Heras Romano (Visiting Assistant Professor, Fashion Design, School of Design)
  • Agnes Berecz (Adjunct Associate Professor, History of Art & Design, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences)
  • Holly Wilson (Liaison Librarian, Library) 

Senate officers are non-voting ex-officio members of every Senate committee unless otherwise elected, appointed, or specified.


The Research Recognition Award Committee:

  • coordinates nominations of faculty members for the annual award,
  • determines eligibility and criteria of excellence in research to guide review of candidates,
  • recommends the Research Recognition Award candidate(s) to the Senate, and
  • periodically reviews the effectiveness of its outreach and procedures.

The committee chair, as well as part-time faculty serving on the committee, will receive compensation according to the Senate Compensation Policy and Standing Rules.


RRA Selection Process

(Approved by the Senate on January 4, 2019; revised September 22, 2020, October 12, 2021)

Pratt Institute commits to recognizing and supporting research of its faculty, staff and students. The Research Recognition Award (RRA) has been developed through faculty initiatives, supported by the Senate and Provost’s Office, to recognize the cumulative and ongoing research of our peers in their respective fields. The RRA is awarded by a committee elected by the Senate representing members from all schools.

We recognize a wide range of research and scholarship, for example: applied research, pure research, creative scholarship, creative practice, and critical practices. We value ethical, responsible, sustainable, and inclusive research. We recognize and support interdisciplinary, individual, or collaborative work that promotes research practices and results shared without barriers.


There will be one recipient of the award, whether an individual or a team. The Committee reserves the right not to give an award if no nominees meet the criteria. Details on award amount are available in the Senate Compensation Policy.

Criteria for the award

The RRA committee will consider nominees who meet all three of the criteria below:

  1. Impact (for example: disciplinary impact, public impact, high impact, and originality)  
  2. Critical Review and Reception (for example: prior awards, grants, exhibitions, peer review, published materials either by or about the nominee, performances, screenings, and any other evidence of professional achievement pertaining to the area of expertise)   
  3. Connection to Pratt Community (for example: sharing with Pratt community and influence on pedagogy in the classroom/studio)

Eligibility for Nomination

  • Pratt faculty (PT/FT), chairs, assistant chairs, and staff who teach or hold faculty titles, with at least six semesters (consecutive or nonconsecutive) at Pratt are eligible for nomination.
  • Nominees must be members of the Pratt community through the time the award is made at commencement in the Spring.
  • Co-researchers or research teams are eligible to apply, provided that the lead researcher or a majority of the group meets the eligibility criteria above. If selected to receive the award, the team shall divide the prize.
  • Eligible individuals on sabbatical may be nominated.
  • The President of the Academic Senate is not eligible.
  • Nominations of members from groups historically underrepresented in their disciplines and/or at Pratt are encouraged, including women, LGBTQI+, and BIPOC researchers.
  • Previous recipients of the award are eligible again after five years.

Nomination Process

Pratt faculty, chairs, assistant chairs, and staff who teach are eligible to nominate and self-nominate for the award. 

  1. The nominator must submit a nomination form with the nominee’s name and Pratt email address, and the nominator’s name and Pratt email address. 
  2. The nominee will be notified of the nomination, and may either accept or reject the nomination. If the nominee accepts, they become a candidate. 
  3. The candidate must submit the following materials:

  • A nomination letter that describes in detail the research accomplishments of the candidate and the reason(s) for nomination. The letter should speak to evidence that illustrates and supports the criteria listed above.
  • Candidate personal statement that shall address the criteria for the award: the impact of their research, critical reception, and connection to Pratt community. (Maximum 750 words).
  • Candidate CV.
  • Two letters of support from a range of individuals knowledgeable about the candidate’s work, which demonstrate the candidate’s significant contributions to their field. One of these letters must be from an external source, and the second may be from either an internal (to Pratt) or external source.