FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2012
OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU has awarded competitive research grants totaling $150,000 to 30 junior faculty from ORAU member institutions. The annual grants are made through the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards program that provides funds to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty.
The recipients, each of whom is in the first two years of a tenure track position, will receive $5,000 in “seed money” for the 2012-2013 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. Winners may use the grants to purchase equipment, continue research or travel to professional meetings and conferences.
Since the program’s inception, ORAU has awarded nearly 500 grants totaling more than $2.3 million. Including the matching funds from member institutions, ORAU has facilitated grants worth more than $4.4 million.
“The Powe awards recognize young faculty who want to establish research credentials and compete for new funding opportunities,” said Dr. Arlene A. Garrison, ORAU vice president of University Partnerships. “By supporting the research efforts of these emerging academic leaders, we are making a direct investment in the future of science and education in our country.”
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 2012-2013 academic year are listed below:
|2012-13 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award Winners|
|Award Recipient||Sponsoring Institution|
|J. Rosie||Appalachian State University|
|Nico Hotz||Duke University|
|Jae Jung||East Carolina University|
|Chunlei Liang||George Washington University|
|James McKinlay||Indiana University|
|Lisa Kaufman||Indiana University|
|Michal Brylinski||Louisiana State University|
|Durdu Guney||Michigan Technological University|
|Xiaodong Yang||Missouri University of Science and Technology|
|Linyou Cao||North Carolina State University|
|Walter Weare||North Carolina State University|
|Toby Nelson||Oklahoma State University|
|Thushari Jayasekera||Southern Illinois University at Carbondale|
|Jennifer Dworak||Southern Methodist University|
|Le Xie||Texas A&M University|
|Yong Chen||Texas Tech University|
|Brian Fisher||University of Alabama|
|Deb Jaisi||University of Delaware|
|Rebecca Butcher||University of Florida|
|Ribhu Kaul||University of Kentucky|
|Hongxiang Li||University of Louisville|
|Mark Running||University of Louisville|
|Emil Geiger||University of Nevada, Reno|
|Paul Leu||University of Pittsburgh|
|Jason Hattrick-Simpers||University of South Carolina|
|Guangbin Dong||University of Texas at Austin|
|Gregory Walsh||Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Amanda Morris||Virginia Tech|
|John Fortner||Washington University|
|Emily Martin||Wayne State University|
The awards, now in their 22nd year, are named for Ralph E. Powe, who served as the ORAU councilor from Mississippi State University for 16 years. Powe participated in numerous committees and special projects during his tenure and 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 2013-2014 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 Jan. 11, 2013.
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).