Ver Steeg Fellowship

The Dorothy Ann and Clarence L. Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellow award is designed "to support the research of a tenured Northwestern faculty member whose research and scholarship are so outstanding as to enhance the reputation of Northwestern, nationally and internationally."

The award was established and endowed by the late Clarence Ver Steeg and his wife, Dorothy.  Clarence Ver Steeg was a faculty member in the department of history from 1950 until 1992 and served as Dean of The Graduate School from 1975 to 1986. This is Northwestern University's first endowed award for excellence in research by a faculty member.

Each year the Provost identifies a broad academic field as the area from which nominations are solicited from school deans.  The fellowship provides for a one-time research account of $38,000.

Current and Past Recipients

See the most recent recipient below. You can also view a list of past Ver Steeg Fellowship recipients.

Vadim Backman

Congratulations to the tenth recipient of the Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellowship: Vadim Backman, the Walter Dill Scott Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. Backman's research, which encompasses a wide array of disciplines in the areas of engineering, biology, and medicine, has played an integral role in the development of new, innovative technologies designed to revolutionize the way cancer is detected, screened, and diagnosed. Read more