Paul J. Olscamp Research Award

A faculty member from either the College of Humanities and Social Sciences or the College of Science and Engineering is selected each year in recognition for their impressive record of achievement in scholarship and research during their time at Western. 

*Please Note: Only Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, or Professors are eligible for this award. (Instructors, Lecturers, Senior Instructors are not eligible. Please check the staff directory for faculty titles.)

Selection Criteria

While the award is intended to recognize all of one’s excellence in scholarship while at Western, supporting research and scholarship materials from the candidate shall be limited to no more than five years, but should include the last three.


The award recipient will be presented with a Western medallion award at the Celebration of Excellence Awards in June. This award also includes a payment of $2,500, made possible by the Western Washington University Foundation. (Please note: for each payment, the University also contributes approximately $1,553.66 for tax related deductibles plus benefits for a total expenditure of approximately $3,553 per award).

Award Administration

College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Science and Engineering Dean’s Offices (rotating)

Nomination Process

Only WWU faculty members, department chairs, and academic deans may nominate their faculty colleagues for a Scholarship/Research award.  Nominations open in the fall and are due by December 1.


No recipient for 2020/2021 - ---

Past Awardees


Greg O'Neil from Chemistry wearing his award medallionGreg O'Neil - Chemistry

Greg O’Neil received his B.S. in chemistry from Boston College and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Before joining the faculty at Western Washington University in 2008, he was an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim Ruhr, Germany. Dr. O’Neil’s research efforts and results are truly outstanding in terms of publications, external funding, and mentoring of students. He has published 32 peer-reviewed papers in high quality journals describing work done at WWU and has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Research Corporation, the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, and the Washington Research Foundation to support his research focused on natural products chemistry. In all, his funding since arriving at WWU is close to two-million dollars.