2019 ECU Research and Creative Activity Awards

East Carolina University researchers and inventors will be recognized Tuesday evening, Feb. 5, at the university’s third annual Research and Scholarship Awards.

The awards will honor ECU faculty with the Lifetime Research and Creative Activity Award, the Five-Year Research and Creative Activity Award, and the Scholarship of Engagement Award. Four inventors who received patents in 2018 will be recognized at the ceremony.

ECU researchers helped the university reverse a trend in declining research productivity over the past year, according to the National Science Foundation’s annual Higher Education Research and Development Survey (HERD) survey. The survey ranks nearly every aspect of research productivity for more than 600 American colleges and universities, including research sponsored by federal agencies, state and local governments, industry and non-governmental organizations.

Five programs at ECU, including anthropology, ocean and marine sciences, economics, atmospheric sciences and meteorology, and health sciences were ranked in the top 100 for public universities nationally in 2017, the latest year data was available from the NSF. ECU was ranked fourth in the UNC system in research expenditures based on the HERD rankings.

Read more about each award winner below.