Hovorka Prize

Dorothy Humel Hovorka

Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize


The Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize is awarded to an active or emeritus member of the Case Western Reserve University faculty in recognition of exceptional achievements in teaching, research, and scholarly service that have benefited the community, the nation, and the world.

Established in 1994 by the late Mrs. Hovorka, a leader in the arts and community affairs and an honorary member of the university’s Board of Trustees, the award honors the late Frank Hovorka, who was, for many years, a distinguished member of the faculty in the Department of Chemistry.

The provost circulates a call to the university community annually for nominations consisting of a two-to three-page letter and the nominee’s CV or other biographical description.  A panel of previous awardees reviews nominations during the spring semester to select the recipient for the award to be presented at commencement.


Provost Ben Vinson III invites the university community to submit nominations for the Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize.

Nominations submitted by mid-March each year will be considered for award at commencement the following May. To make a submission, please download the nomination form below and provide

  • a letter of nomination (approximately two or three pages);
  • the nominee’s CV or other biographical description; and
  • the nominator’s name and contact information.

All nomination materials must be sent via email to academicaffairs@case.edu.

The recipient is selected on the recommendation of a committee consisting of previous awardees.

Download a Nomination Form


Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize award winners are acknowledged each year during Commencement. Learn more about the most recent winners by visiting the Commencement website