May 11, 2015

Medical school honors Verhulst as Outstanding Scholar

Steven Verhulst is the 2015 Outstanding Scholar at the School of Medicine (SOM). Verhulst is a professor and director of statistics and research informatics in the Center for Clinical Research. 

Verhulst received the annual award April 22 at the employee recognition luncheon. The award is given to those who have made outstanding contributions to research at the medical school and who are widely recognized for their achievements by other scholars. 

Verhulst has been involved in the statistical and design support of research projects at SOM for more than three decades. He started his career at SIU as a statistician in 1979 and joined the faculty in 1981. He has written or co-authored more than 120 publications and book chapters. 

“Steven Verhulst has been an invaluable resource to our university.” said Dean and Provost Dr. J. Kevin Dorsey, who presented the award. “His thoughtful approach to research studies always goes beyond the crunching of numbers. Steve seeks to understand what we are trying to demonstrate and then can help us design experiments that have the capability to prove or disprove the hypothesis.” 

Linda Toth, associate dean for research and faculty affairs, added, “Steven has probably collaborated on more studies than anyone else at this school. Much of the research published by faculty at the school would not have been possible without Steve’s participation.  He is always ready to help.”

Verhulst received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh (1974), his master’s in experimental psychology from Illinois State University in Normal (1976) and his doctorate from SIU Carbondale (1988).