Distinguished Scientists

They are the best and brightest from all over the world, working tirelessly right here in the heartland to discover treatments and cures for life-threatening diseases.

They are at the center of discovery, conducting breakthrough research that will improve the lives of Nebraskans and beyond. They are UNMC's Distinguished Scientists.

2020 Honorees

The 2020 Distinguished Scientist honorees were honored Feb. 23, 2021. View the ceremony below.

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A virtual ceremony was conducted to honor the 2020 UNMC Distinguished Scientists, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Scientist Laureate

This award is the highest honor UNMC bestows to researchers.


Matthew Rizzo, MD

Research Leadership Award

The Research Leadership Award is intended to honor scientists previously recognized as Distinguished Scientists who have a longstanding research funding history, and also serve as research leaders and mentors on campus.

Distinguished Scientists

The Distinguished Scientist Award – which is sponsored by the chancellor – recognizes researchers who have been among the most productive scientists in the country during the past five years.

New Investigators

New Investigator Awards go to outstanding UNMC scientists who in the past two years have secured their first funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense or other national sources. New Investigators also had to demonstrate scholarly activity, such as publishing their research or presenting their findings at national conventions.