FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2010
OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—For the 20th consecutive year, ORAU is continuing its investment in the future of science and education by awarding competitive research grants totaling $160,000 to 32 junior faculty from sponsoring institutions of the ORAU consortium. The annual grants are made through ORAU’s Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards program.
The recipients, each of whom are in the first two years of a tenure track, will each receive $5,000 in “seed money” for the 2010-2011 academic year to enhance their research during the early stages of their career. Each recipient’s institution also matches the ORAU award with an additional $5,000, making the total prize worth $10,000 for each winner.
Since the program’s inception, ORAU has awarded 430 grants totaling more than $2 million. Including the matching funds from member institutions, ORAU has facilitated grants worth more than $4.3 million.
“ORAU is committed to the Powe awards program, as science and engineering research collaborations are imperative in furthering America’s research efforts and to positioning this country as a global research competitor,” Dr. Arlene A. Garrison, ORAU vice president of University Partnerships said.
Winners may use the grants to purchase equipment, continue their research or travel to professional meetings and conferences. This year’s winners were selected from more than 100 applications received by the Powe award committee.
The awards recognize faculty members for their work in any of five science and technology disciplines: engineering or applied science; life sciences; mathematics and computer science; physical sciences; and policy, management or education.
Recipients of the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards for the 2010-2011 academic year are listed below:
|Award Recipient||Sponsoring Institution|
|Magdalena Djordjevic||Arkansas State University|
|Lin Zhu||Clemson University|
|Makeba Wilbourn||Duke University|
|Xiaoping Pan||East Carolina University|
|Eduardo Leorri||East Carolina University|
|Vasubandhu Misra||Florida State University|
|Guru Prasadh Venkataramani||George Washington University|
|Ying Wang||Louisiana State University|
|Shiliang Wu||Michigan Technological University|
|Yingmei Liu||Oklahoma State University|
|Enrique Gomez||Pennsylvania State University|
|Johannes Bauer||Southern Methodist University|
|Tatyana Igumenova||Texas A&M University|
|Yuping Bao||University of Alabama|
|Dastgeer Shaikh||University of Alabama at Huntsville|
|Gang Li||University of Alabama at Huntsville|
|Holly Michael||University of Delaware|
|Wei Wei||University of Floriday|
|Peter Kner||University of Georgia|
|Yinan Wei||University of Kentucky|
|Jizhou Song||University of Miami|
|Eric Johnsen||University of Michigan|
|Blaise Boles||University of Michigan|
|Feifei Pan||University of North Texas|
|Anthony Bell, Jr.||University of Southern Mississippi|
|Fatemeh Hassanipour||University of Texas at Dallas|
|Mimi Engel||Vanderbilt University|
|Gary Seidel||Virginia Tech|
|Oana Jurchescu||Wake Forest University|
|Yinjie Tang||Washington University|
|Liviu Mirica||Washington University|
|Edward Sabolsky||West Virginia University|
The awards are named for Ralph E. Powe, who served as the ORAU councilor from Mississippi State University for 16 years, participating in numerous committees and special projects during his tenure. He was elected chair of ORAU’s Council of Sponsoring Institutions prior to his death in 1996.
ORAU plans to offer the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards program again for the 2011-2012 academic year. Faculty members at ORAU sponsoring institutions who are within two years of their initial tenure-track appointments as assistant professors are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is Feb. 4, 2011.
ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).