AIR Rising Star Award 


The AIR Rising Star Award, newly launched in 2024, recognizes institutional research (IR) professionals who are early in their careers and are emerging leaders. The purpose of this award is to recognize a member’s potential to contribute to the field. Career progression is not necessarily an indicator that a person meets the criteria for this award and as such, demonstrated “evidence” of fit for this award will not necessarily be found through a recipient’s title escalation. 

How to Nominate

The recipient has: 

  • A maximum of seven years of experience in the profession. 
  • Demonstrated exemplary performance and contributions to the field, their institution’s IR function, or both.
  • Made positive contributions to projects, initiatives, and/or publications that demonstrate noteworthy early achievement, the potential for ongoing achievement, and interest in advancing the field.
  • Realized increasing levels of responsibility, formal and/or informal, internal and/or external to their institution.
  • Been generous with their time and ideas, including willingness to engage and share through mentoring and/or collaborative activities within and/or beyond their institution.

Important Dates

  • The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, January 26, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.
  • The award committee will complete its work in March, at which time all nominees will be notified of the award selection.
  • The awardee will be announced publicly in May.

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How to Nominate

A complete nomination packet* must be submitted via email, and include:

  • A letter of nomination from a current AIR member that describes the nominee’s contributions as an emerging leader and clearly addresses each of the criteria specified above. 
  • At least two letters of support from AIR members. 
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae/resume. 
  • The nominee's contact information, including telephone number, email address, and mailing address. 

Email the nomination materials listed above to with the subject line "Nomination Packet: Rising Star Award."

*AIR will work with a primary nominator for each nominee. It is the primary nominator's responsibility to ensure the nomination packet is complete and that those supporting the nomination are apprised. 

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