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Miller Senior Fellowship Program

2013 Award Announcement | Current Miller Senior Fellows

The Miller Senior Fellow program was introduced in 2008 with the appointment of Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, Randy Schekman. This new program takes its place alongside the Miller Fellowships, the Miller Research Professorships and the Miller Visiting Professorships.

Each of the Institute's programs plays an important role on campus. The Fellows program is intended for brilliant postdoctoral scientists, creative young women and men whom we wish to attract to Berkeley, on occasion leading to subsequent faculty appointments; the Research Professorships are appointments intended to allow UC faculty to focus full time on a new research direction by freeing them from teaching and committee work for one or two semesters; the Visiting Professorships facilitate visits by outstanding scientists for the purpose of collaboration with Berkeley faculty and their research groups, and assists in recruiting new faculty. The Senior Fellows program is aimed differently, but still within the Institute's general purpose of supporting excellence in science at UC Berkeley. The Senior Fellow Program advances that goal by providing selected faculty with significant discretionary research funds, as recognition of distinction in scientific research and campus citizenship, when appropriate, to preventive retention of distinguished faculty.

Senior Fellow appointments are made to tenured UC Berkeley faculty for five years, possibly renewable for a subsequent five years, but no longer. New Senior Fellows will be appointed at a rate determined by the capacity of the endowment, nominally reaching a steady state of four to five such faculty. Each Senior Fellow will receive an annual research stipend, which can be used at his or her discretion to support research. The Senior Fellow will be a regular participant in the Institute's weekly lunches and seminars, and will mentor Miller Fellows through occasional relevant functions.

There will be no self nominations for this award. Recommendations and nominations may be solicited from past Miller Research Professors, Deans and Chairs of departments of science, the Chancellor and the Provost. Selection criteria for the Senior Fellowship are multifaceted. Singular records of accomplishment, distinguished reputation and citizenry, and contributions to faculty recruitment and retention are among the most important. Scientific distribution within the Institute's community and an unusual impact the award may have on a candidate's career will also be considered. Selection will be made by the Executive Committee in consultation with the Advisory Board of the Institute.

For more information on this program, please contact Kathryn Day, Chief Administrative Officer, at:
millerinstitute@berkeley.edu

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