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Faculty members of the 17 UNC constituent institutions, including UNC-Chapel Hill, are eligible to be nominated for the 2021 Oliver Max Gardner Award. Submissions are due by January 28, 2021.

Kimberly van Noort, PhD, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, announced that the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors is now inviting members of the UNC System to nominate candidates for the 2021 Oliver Max Gardner Award.

The Gardner Award, first presented in 1949, is given annually to a member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina System, who, during the current scholastic year, has made “the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.”

All institutions are encouraged to nominate one candidate. If you need a nomination application or have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. David English, Vice President for Academic Programs, Faculty, and Research at 919-962-2620, who is coordinating the submissions, or send inquiries to

The application form outlines the nomination procedures and required information for submission. Please note that nominations are due no later than Thursday, January 28, 2021.

In 2020, Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, Assad Meymandi Distinguished Professor and Chair of the UNC Department of Psychiatry and Director of the UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders, was the recipient of the O. Max Gardner Award.