Seinfeld Scholar Award Program

Goals and Purpose of the Seinfeld Scholar Award Program

Each year Syracuse University honors the talents of outstanding faculty and students through a program made possible by a generous gift from Judith Greenberg Seinfeld, distinguished alumna of Syracuse University and member of the University’s Board of Trustees.  Ms. Seinfeld’s endowment honors Chancellor Emeritus Kenneth A. Shaw and Mary Ann Shaw in recognition of their years of devoted service to the University.

This award highlights excellence, creativity and innovation and encourages future contributions to society. The Seinfeld Scholar Program recognizes those

  1. who have (i) “made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world, who have added to human values, and to ending human abuse,”
  2. who have (ii) passion for excellence, creativity, and originality in academic or artistic fields, and
  3. who demonstrate the (iii) “ability to motivate and bring out the best in others.”

The designation as the Seinfeld Scholar is not intended as a prize for past accomplishments so much as encouragement and stimulation for future contributions to society.

Faculty and Student Award: Both faculty and students honored as Seinfeld Scholars neither apply for the recognition nor are expected to report on the use of the funds. The program proceeds through a three-year cycle. From time to time, Ms. Seinfeld may change the order of the cycle. Generally, however, in the first and second years, a faculty member receives a grant of $10,000. In the third year, the program recognizes two graduating seniors with a cash grant of $5,000 each. There are no restrictions on recipients’ use of the funds. This year (2020-2021) one faculty member will receive this award.

Nomination Process and Submission Instructions – Faculty

Faculty may be nominated by their respective dean, or by their associate dean, department chair or program director with the dean’s concurrence. Faculty cannot self-nominate. The complete nomination submittal includes required documents listed below combined into a single PDF document in the order presented. The committee forwards its recommendation to the Chancellor who makes the final selection. Nomination packet should include:

  1. Cover page – fillable form
  2. Formal letter of nomination: Include a short description of the work or accomplishments of the nominee that are considered to be worthy of recognition and address the goals and purposes of the award as described above. A URL can be included in the nomination if a robust professional website provides further evidence of a faculty members excellence, creativity or innovation.
  3. Nominations should include a professional overview document. For faculty a short CV is acceptable.

We prefer that an individual be nominated by one person or a number of people signing one nomination letter.  We encourage you to collaborate with your colleagues on the submission of a nomination.

The deadline for submissions is on or before Thursday, January 28, 2021 by 5:00 PM EST.  Nominations must be submitted as one single PDF – any other type of submission will not be accepted. Email nominations to the Interim Vice President for Research, Ramesh Raina ( and copied to Laurie Maddaloni (

Address any questions to Ms. Sharon Alestalo at or 315-443-3419.

Selection and Recognition

A committee of distinguished members of the University faculty review faculty nominations.  The Seinfeld Scholars Awards Committee will complete its work and make their recommendations to the Chancellor in late February. The winners will be notified by letter in April 2020.

Past Seinfeld Scholar Awardees 

Where to find information on other University Awards

Meredith Professorships
Teaching Recognition Awards
Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence Awards
Emeriti Faculty Nominations
Syracuse University Scholars