Peterson Professorships in Pediatric Research

The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Technology Center at Georgia Tech announces the creation of two Professorships supported by the G.P. “Bud” Peterson and Valerie H. Peterson Faculty Endowment Fund.  These Professorships honor the former Georgia Tech President and First Lady, whose vision for the importance of research in improving pediatric healthcare has had an enormous positive impact on the two institutions and on the care of pediatric patients in our state and region. 

The goal of this program is to further energize the GT-Children’s partnership by engaging and empowering researchers currently involved in pediatric research and those who may be new to the field but have exciting expertise and perspectives to offer. Each Professorship will be supported by one million dollars of the Peterson Faculty Endowment Fund’s resources, with the proceeds (approximately $40,000 per year) to be used at Georgia Tech for the promotion of joint Children’s/Georgia Tech pediatric-focused research. Professorship holders shall be research-active faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology at any rank. The term of each Professorship shall be three years, with the option of one three-year renewal.

Applications for the first two Professorships will be due June 7, 2021, and will be awarded in September, 2021.  To apply, candidates are asked to submit the following materials to Ms. Sheri Russell at

• A complete curriculum vitae

• A statement of no more than 3 pages describing past research and associated activities most directly related to pediatric medicine or healthcare.

• A statement of no more than 3 pages describing the research to be supported by the Professorship. Preference will be given to plans that include collaborations with clinicians at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta or research activities that are judged to be of important potential significance to Children’s clinicians.

• The names, titles, and contact information for three references. 


Professorship holders will be required to provide an annual report of the activities supported by the endowment, as well as a brief account of the disposition of endowment funds.  In addition, Peterson Professorship holders should expect to be called upon to engage with other potential researchers and philanthropic supporters of the GT-Children’s partnership.  

For questions, please contact Sheri Russell ( or M.G. Finn ( 

Correction made 5/25/21:  Peterson Professorships are not open to affiliate appointees at Georgia Tech as previously indicated.  We regret the error.