CU Boulder Academic and Research Achievements

Michelle Ellsworth

  • CU Boulder is the only university to have designed and built instruments that have traveled to every planet in the solar system, including the dwarf planet Pluto.
  • Michelle Ellsworth (pictured above), an associate professor of dance, was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2016 to help fund a project examining movement in interpersonal interactions.
  • Elizabeth Fenn, professor and chair of the history department, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for history for her book Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People. Fenn specializes in the early American West, focusing on Native American, environmental, and medical history.
  • Five faculty have been named Nobel laureates, including four since 2001.
  • Twenty-one CU Boulder professors have been awarded prestigious Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships since 1998. Fellows are chosen for past achievements and exceptional promise for future accomplishments.
  • Five faculty are in the current group of Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators.
  • More than 100 CU Boulder faculty have been named Fulbright scholars since 1982.
  • Fourteen CU Boulder professors have received prestigious Packard Fellowships. The unrestricted grants go to young faculty who are among “the most promising science and engineering researchers at universities in the United States.”
  • More than a dozen CU Boulder research faculty members shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore and other researchers from around the world for their contributions to the international report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
  • Five CU Boulder professors have been awarded the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest scientific honor.
  • Nine faculty have received MacArthur Fellowships, known as the “genius grant.” Ana Maria Rey, a physics professor and fellow of JILA, was awarded a fellowship in 2013. The MacArthur Foundation selection committee cited Rey as an “atomic physicist advancing our ability to simulate, manipulate and control novel states of matter through fundamental conceptual research on ultracold atoms.”
  • CU Boulder physics professor Steven Pollock (pictured top) was named a 2013 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Pollock was honored in the category of doctoral and research universities. He was chosen from a field of more than 350 distinguished nominees from across the country.
  • Kristi Anseth, a distinguished professor in chemical and biological engineering, was named a National Academy of Inventors fellow in 2016, a distinction recognizing academic inventors whose innovations make a tangible impact on society. Anseth’s research focuses on new biomaterials for applications in drug delivery and regenerative medicine.