Faculty Funding

Engaged Scholar Prize

Celebrating extraordinary community-engaged teaching, learning and research

Read about the 2017 Engaged Scholar Prize recipient, Max Zhang, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.


A celebration of faculty achievement, the annual Engaged Scholar Prize recognizes a faculty member whose innovative approaches to connecting community engagement and scholarly activities stand out and serve as inspiration to students, colleagues and community partners alike.


The Engaged Scholar Prize carries an award of $30,000 to further expand and deepen community-engaged activities through support to essential participants, including community partner(s), the faculty member and Cornell students — undergraduate, graduate or professional.

Public Presentation

The Engaged Scholar Prize represents Cornell’s commitment to supporting faculty members who teach, research and act in ways that demonstrate higher education to be a critical partner in confronting the world’s most challenging questions. With this distinction, recipients are asked to give a public presentation or workshop in a venue appropriate to their work. An additional stipend will be provided to support the participation of key community partners in this presentation.



Max Zhang, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering


Bruce Levitt, professor of performing and media arts

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