The Office of the Provost and the Graduate School has named the 2008 recipients of Distinguished McKnight University Professorships. Two MSI Principal Investigators are on this list:
- Professor Judith Berman (Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development)
- Professor Jeffrey J. Derby (Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and MSI Fellow)
These professorships recognize outstanding mid-career faculty members. The recipients receive a monetary grant and the title Distinguished McKnight University Professor, which they will hold as long as they are at the University of Minnesota.