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The Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award - Honoring Researchers Who Are Making a Difference

Drexel University: A Leader in Teaching, Research and Service

Drexel is a comprehensive national research university with more than 22,000 students, ranked among the top 100 American universities and top 50 private universities by U.S.News & World Report. Drexel offers more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs including medicine and law, on three campuses in Philadelphia and online throughout the world via Drexel Online.

Drexel's success results from commitment to core principles: the integration of advanced technology, the importance of experiential learning through co-operative education and the value of the University's Philadelphia location as a "living laboratory" for students.

Drexel was the first university to make personal computer access universal for students (1983), among the first to offer a completely online master's degree (1996) and the first to create a fully wireless campus indoors and out (2000).

Drexel's co-operative education program is among the nation's oldest and largest. Undergraduates alternate on-campus study with full-time, paid employment in fields related to their academic interests.

Drexel's Research Enterprise

Drexel's growing enterprise of use-inspired research has seen annual expenditures increase from $15 million in 1996 to more than $100 million in each of the past three years. Our increased comprehensiveness has created opportunities for exciting cross-disciplinary research—medicine, health sciences and law have enhanced our traditional strengths including engineering, information science and technology, bioscience and business. And Drexel's focus on use-inspired research has led to commercial as well as academic breakthroughs.

Echoing the experience-based learning exemplified by The Drexel Co-op, research opportunities are increasingly expanding to undergraduate students, in accordance with Drexel's strategic plan. Drexel research displays the character of our University itself—technologically advanced, entrepreneurial, relevant to the real world.

Anthony J. Drexel

Philadelphia native Anthony Joseph Drexel (1826-1893) was the most influential financier of the 19th century and is widely considered "The Man Who Made Wall Street." His philanthropic endeavors were equally impressive, culminating in the founding of the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry in 1891.

With $3 million of his own money, he created the institution that would become Drexel University and mandated that its education "should not only be good, but good for something." That sentiment has underpinned the University ever since.

In Mr. Drexel's spirit of philanthropy and practical problem solving, we have created the Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award, supporting the nation's most innovative translational researchers.