KU Endowment honored a researcher and a professor Thursday with 2015 Chancellors Club awards.

Kenneth Peterson, a faculty member at the KU Medical Center, and James Carothers, an English professor, won the Chancellors Club Research Award and the Chancellors Club Teaching Award. They will each receive $10,000.

James Carothers, an English professor who teaches Hemingway, Faulkner, Shakespeare and American humor, said he is honored by the award.

“It’s stunning. There are so many outstanding professors at this University,” said Carothers.

Carothers has served in assistant, associate and full professor roles since he came to the University in 1970, according to the release.

“A lot of things have changed. In some ways it is still the same place and in other ways it isn’t,” Carothers said.

Carothers said he will retire in August.

“I’ve graded a few papers. I think it’s time,” Carothers said.

Peterson, who was been at the University since 1998, has done research on genetic blood disorders, including sickle cell disease, according to the release.

Peterson is currently the director of the Center for Epigenetics and Stem Cell Biology and vice chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Attempts to reach Peterson have been unsuccessful.

Both professors will be honored at an event Oct. 30.

— Edited by Rebeka Luttinger