Two Sigma is proud to offer an annual award to recognize tenured and tenure-track faculty at US colleges and universities who have made an outstanding impact in STEM research, teaching, mentoring, and/or outreach advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity within STEM across US higher education institutions.

Program Details

Provisions of the Award

Award winners are further recognized with $75,000 in funding, which is paid directly to the university and will be distributed as per university guidelines and policies.

If the recipient is no longer eligible to receive funding pursuant to their university’s guidelines and policies, for example if they transfer to a different university, the award may cease. The award will also be subject to agreement between Two Sigma and the university regarding the terms of the award, and any applicable legal and compliance restrictions.


Faculty Research Award winners:

  • Must be full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty within STEM at an accredited university in the United States
  • May not currently be a Two Sigma employee or related to one


This award is determined by a panel within Two Sigma. Nominations are not accepted.

Evaluation Process

In selecting a recipient, Two Sigma evaluates the impact of professors’ achievements in the following areas:

Research or creative work

Advancement of new knowledge that improves access and opportunity, strengthens understanding of diversity and inclusion, and/or has the potential to improve the quality of life among underrepresented groups in the nominee’s field of study.

Teaching or mentoring

• Development and implementation of effective graduate or undergraduate instruction or advising strategies that meaningfully advance the education of students from underrepresented groups. • Mentoring undergraduate or graduate students who are members of groups that are underrepresented in their field and/or whose background and experiences contribute to campus diversity.






Evaluations Begin

A panel of Two Sigma colleagues reviews a list of professors who have made an outstanding impact in research, teaching, mentoring, and/or outreach advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity within STEM.

Winner Notified

The winner of the award is notified of their selection.

Winner Announced

The news of the award is shared on the Two Sigma website and social platforms.

Fireside Chat

The award recipient has the opportunity to participate in a Fireside Chat at Two Sigma headquarters in New York City to highlight their work and connect with Two Sigma colleagues.

Faculty Research Award Winners