D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award

The D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award is given annually to one senior researcher who has accomplished outstanding work in their research career at Utah State University.  The award is one of the premiere recognitions for university faculty members.
To qualify for the award, the recipient must have produced a significant portion of their research while at USU. Potential candidates are assessed by a panel of past recipients and research peers who account for both national and international recognition the candidate’s work has received.

As part of the celebration and recognition, the previous year's recipient speaks at the D. Wynne Thorne Lecture during Research Week each spring.

Dr. Ronald Sims will be speaking on April 14, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. in the New Books Lounge of the Merrill-Cazier Library. Space is limited and RSVP's are encouraged.

Dr. Sims founded the department of biological engineering in 2010 and served as its department head for four years. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the Institute for Biological Engineering.

Over the years, Dr. Sims has published 260 articles, and received 8,000 plus citations, all while garnering over $15 million in funding as a PI or Co-PI of 51 projects.

This application period is closed.

Melanie Domenech Rodriguez, recipient of the 2022 D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award

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Melanie Domenech Rodríguez is a professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Domenech Rodriguez was selected as the 2022 D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award recipient for her extensive, high-impact research that has positively influenced human lives.

She has published 87 peer-reviewed journal articles, 4 books, 21 book chapters, 27 non-peer reviewed articles, and 17 manuals or instruments; 13 of these papers have been cited more than 100 times. Dr. Domenech Rodriguez’s approach to teaching and training is systematic and evidence-based, whether at the undergraduate level in psychology or the graduate level in physician assistant studies.

Her scholarship in cultural adaptation has put additional empirically supported techniques in the hands of psychological providers working with ethnically/culturally diverse families and clients.