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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research

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Andrew Howard, headshot

Andrew Howard

Andrew Howard is an assistant astronomer at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

He has discovered dozens of planets orbiting stars other than the Sun in our Milky Way galaxy. Using telescopes in Hawai‘i and in space, he explores the chemical compositions, formation histories and diversity of these extrasolar planets.

Howard’s research team was the first to show that an Earth-size extrasolar planet is made of rock and iron like Earth, and that temperate, Earth-size planets are common in our galaxy. The latter study was recognized by the 2013 Cozzarelli Prize for the top paper in the physical and natural sciences in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He is enabling future discoveries by developing the next generation of planet-finding instruments for telescopes on Mauna Kea.

The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research is awarded by the Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community.

Please contact your Campus Chancellor's Office for more information on the application process.

Current Winners
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1965-2015 Honorees
2012–2015 | 2011–2007 | 2006–2002 | 2001–1965


Karen Meech, headshot
Karen Meech
Axel Timmermann, headshot
Axel Timmermann


Ruth Gates, headshot
Ruth Gates
Marine Biology
Andrew Howard, headshot
Andrew Howard
Nick Kaiser, headshot
Nick Kaiser


Magdy Iskander, headshot
Magdy Iskander
Electrical Engineering
Bin Wang, headshot
Bin Wang


Roger Ames, headshot
Roger Ames
Christopher Bae, headshot
Christopher Bae
Aaron Ohta, headshot
Aaron Ohta
Electrical Engineering