Walder Award

The Martin E. and Gertrude G. Walder Award for Research Excellence is given annually to a faculty member in any school or discipline within the University, in recognition of excellence in research.

The award was established by Dr. Joseph A. Walder, who earned his doctorate and medical degrees at Northwestern, then founded a company which supplies synthetic DNA for research and clinical applications.

Each year the Provost identifies a broad academic field as the area from which nominations are solicited from school deans.  The award carries a stipend of $15,000.

Current and Past Recipients

See the most recent recipient below. You can also view a list of past Walder Award recipients.

James Druckman

James Druckman

Congratulations to the 2014 recipient of the Walder Award for Research Excellence: James Druckman, the Payson S. Wild Professor of Political Science in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. His research studies political preference formation and communication. Read more.