BMI Excellence Award

The BMI Excellence Award was created to recognize the excellence of faculty and staff in all areas and disciplines in terms of research, mentoring, teaching, leadership, and service. This gives colleagues and supervisors a chance to thank their fellow peers by nominating them for the award in whatever category they best fit. The categories typically consist of: Administrative and professional, faculty collaborative research through grant or MOU, staff collaborative research through grant or MOU, faculty teaching, faculty mentoring, faculty research, student research, postdoc research, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for faculty or staff.

BMI Award Committee

The BMI Excellence Award Committee was founded by Department Chair, Dr. Lang Li, and Vice Chair, Dr. Soledad Fernandez, in 2020. Members from faculty, staff, and students are recruited with the suggestions by the department Chair and CFB leadership. Every year, the award committee works together on drafting award guidance for different award types, calling for nominations, reviewing the nominations, and then voting to get awardees.

BMI Award Committee Co-Chairs: Xiaoli Zhang &  Dongjun Chung


BMI Excellence Award Recipients


Neena Thomas - Administrative and Professional

Xiaoli Zhang -  Faculty collaborative research-grant

Lai Wei -  Faculty collaborative research-MOU

Greg Young - Staff collaborative research-grant

Joseph McElroy - Staff collaborative research-MOU 

David Kline - Faculty teaching

Xia Ning - Faculty mentoring 

Kin Fai Au - Faculty research


Gabrielle Kokanos - Administrative and Professional

Xiaokui Mo - Faculty collaborative research-grant

Jing Zhao - Staff collaborative research-grant 

Sonia Zhao - Staff collaborative research-MOU 

King Fai Au - Faculty teaching

Ping Zhang - Faculty mentoring 

Xia Ning - Faculty research

Yuzhou Chang - Student research

Aditi Shendre - Postdoc research

Mahmoud Abdel-Rasoul - DEI-staff

Courtney Hebert - DEI-faculty



Nominations for 2022 award have closed.