Dr. James W. Woods Junior Faculty Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 Dr. James W. Woods Junior Faculty Award. The due date for applications is July 1, 2017.

Description of Award

Through the generosity of the late Dr. James W. Woods, a trust fund has been established within the University for the support of a Junior Faculty Award at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.  One recipient will be selected each year and will receive $3,000.  The Award is to be used at the discretion of the recipient for support of research and scholarship, and is not to be used as a supplement to the salary of the recipient or as a substitute for a portion of the salary.

Previous recipients

Drs. Victoria Bae-Jump, Patricia Chang, Bruce Cairns, Shannon Carson, Ronald Chen, Arlene Chung, David T. Curiel, Samir M. Fakhry, Timothy M. Farrell, Margaret Gourlay, Mark L. Graham II, Joyce Harp, Katherine Hartmann, Alan Hinderliter, H.J. Kim, Mark Koruda, Suzanne Landis, Steven N. Lichtman, Suresh K. Mukherji, Tim Nichols, Jay Raval, Teresa Tarrant, Linda Van Le, Bradley V. Vaughn, Anthony Viera, Susan M. Weeks, Adam Zolotor, and William Fischer.


The aim of the Award is to support and retain promising young members of the medical school clinical faculty.


Junior faculty members are eligible for nomination for a Woods Award provided they have been a full-time member of the clinical faculty at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine for at least one year and have a rank of Assistant Professor.  The award is generally given to clinical faculty members within the first 3 to 4 years of their appointment.


Any full-time faculty member of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, who holds the rank of Associate Professor or higher (exclusive of members of the Selection Committee), is eligible to submit one nomination each year.  Nominations must be submitted on or before July 1, 2017.

Applicants will be judged by their past performance and future promise.  As such, the Committee would like to examine a complete curriculum vitae and letters of support.  An important part of the application is a four-page proposal, which should include a description of a single research project that will be undertaken or continued during the applicant’s tenure as a Woods Awardee.  The proposal should demonstrate the applicant’s capacity to formulate a focused research plan.  In addition to the proposal, a short synopsis of the applicant’s past research accomplishments should be included, as should a listing of teaching, service, and clinical activities that will be performed or developed during the Award period.

Specifically, the application should include:

1) A curriculum vitae with a complete list of publications;

2) A nomination letter from a faculty sponsor and a letter of support from the candidate’s Chair, if the Chair is not the nominator (One or two more supporting letters from other faculty may be included.);

3) A one-page abstract of the research plan including the specific aims of the project

4) A three-page research proposal providing the rationale, background, and preliminary data upon which the project is based (a brief section describing the proposed methods of procedure should also indicate how data will be analyzed and interpreted)

5) A one-page description of past research accomplishments

6) A one-page description of the teaching, clinical, or service activities planned for the next several years

7) Appendix material limited to essential preliminary data and either reprints or the title and abstract page from three relevant articles published by the applicant.  Limit appendix material to five pages or less.  Proposals should be prepared in size 12 font.

 Proposals that exceed the recommended page limits will be returned to the applicants.  The selection committee may request an interview with a candidate if an interview is deemed to be necessary or desirable by the Committee.

Instructions to Nominators

The person making the nomination should provide a written statement in support of the nomination setting forth his/her reasons for believing that the candidate would be particularly suitable for the Award.  The nominator may wish to support the nomination by requesting one or two additional faculty members to write letters of recommendation for the candidate.  If one of the additional letters of support is not from the candidate’s Chair, the nominator should obtain a brief statement of support from the Chair.

Nominations should be submitted electronically as a single PDF via email to becky_medford@med.unc.edu on or before July 1, 2017.

Expenditure of Award

The recipient of a Woods Award will receive a total of $3,000 from the trust fund established by the late Dr. James Woods within the Medical School.  The Award is to be used at the discretion of the recipient for support of his/her scholarly endeavors.  The Award cannot be used to supplement the salary of the recipient or to substitute for a portion of that salary.  The funds of the Award can be used, for example, for the following purposes: purchase of equipment, purchase of supplies, support of technical help, travel to scientific meetings or to other institutions, or purchase of reprints of scientific papers.


The Dean will make the Award with the advice and recommendation of the Selection Committee:

David G. Kaufman, MD, PhD (Chair)

Bruce Cairns, MD

David Clemmons, MD (Co-chair)

Steve Crews, PhD

Ian Davis, MD, PhD

Anne Steiner, MD

Jenny Ting, PhD

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