JONESBORO — The Chancellor’s Medal for Research and Creative Activities has become the highest honor for Arkansas State University faculty members who are engaged in original work designed to discover new knowledge, Chancellor Kelly Damphousse announced in a press release.

With the support of the Beck Foundation and A-State alumnus Buddy Beck, the medal also paves the way for the creation of another research honor, the Emerging Faculty Scholar Award.

“Throughout his career, Buddy Beck has pushed back the frontiers of what is possible, and encouraged the efforts of research and development,” Damphousse said.

“The new Chancellor’s Medal will recognize that vital work on our campus through a stipend as well as the recognition that comes from selection as the top researcher near the end of each academic year.”

The recipient will be selected by the Faculty Awards Committee and receive a $5,000 stipend to support further research. The criteria are based on publications, presentations, performances/exhibits and grants received.

To recognize the work of early-career faculty members, the university is establishing the Emerging Faculty Scholar Award, which will include a $2,500 stipend to the winner. All pre-tenure faculty members will be eligible.

The Chancellor’s Medal will be announced April 16 as a part of the Faculty Honors Convocation with the Emerging Faculty Scholar beginning next spring.