Meng Wang and Lee Kump

E. Willard & Ruby S. Miller Faculty Fellowship

This award recognizes exceptional creativity by honoring faculty who propose highly innovative approaches to major contemporary challenges in the earth, energy, and material sciences. The award recipient will receive $50,000 from the E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Faculty Fellowship Fund and a recognition memento at the Wilson Awards Banquet held each spring.


The purpose of the Miller Faculty Fellowship is to support faculty of exceptional creativity, who propose highly innovative approaches to major contemporary challenges in the earth, energy, and material sciences. By bringing their creativity and visionary perspectives to bear on major research questions, they may develop novel theories and applications that will propel fields forward. The funds are to be used primarily for graduate student support. The award period is five years and any unspent balance at the end of the award period will be returned to the fund for reallocation. 


Annually in September, the dean invites nominations for the E. Willard & Ruby S. Miller Faculty Fellowship from each department and institute. Reminders are sent in December.

 Each department and institute may submit one nomination (submitted by the head or director) and the nomination packet should include:

  • Title page including name, rank, department affiliation
  • Summary of proposed research, limited to one page and written for nonspecialists
  • Narrative (three pages or less) in which the problem is defined, the need, value or significance of the work is indicated, and the research plan is broadly outlined
  • Short vita, including related publications and experience
  • Proposed budget including fringe benefits and tuition (travel is not permitted)
  • Recent high-resolution color photograph suitable for the program in jpeg format

The nomination materials should be send to Diane Ault ( no later than February 15.


The award will be made annually to a tenure-track faculty member in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. 

Selection Procedure

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee consisting of the dean and the associate deans of the college using the following criteria:

  • Scientific and/or technical merits
  • Innovativeness of the research
  • Qualifications, experience and past performance of the proposer
  • Adequacy of facilities and equipment to accomplish the research
  • Reasonableness of the budget

The final selection will be based on the proposal evaluation and programmatic considerations.

Past Recipients

  • 2019: Meng Wang and Alexander Klippel
  • 2018: Jillian Goldfarb
  • 2017: Peter Heaney
  • 2016: Chiara Lo Prete
  • 2015: Kirby Calvert
  • 2014: Randy Vander Wal
  • 2013: Joshua A. Robinson
  • 2012: Klaus Keller
  • 2011: Fuqing Zhang
  • 2010: James H. Adair
  • 2009: Alan M. MacEachren
  • 2008: William H. Brune and Maureen Feineman

2019 E. Willard & Ruby S. Miller Faculty Fellowship

Meng Wang

Meng Wang
Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering

Alex Klippel

Alexander Klippel
Department of Geography

View 2019 Program