FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2013
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 2013-2014 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 over 520 grants totaling more than $2.6 million. Including the matching funds from member institutions, ORAU has facilitated grants worth more than $5.2 million.
“ORAU is excited to support 30 exciting new ideas proposed by junior faculty from member institutions,” said Dr. Arlene Garrison, ORAU vice president of University Partnerships. “This funding enables creative exploration at a critical early career stage.”
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.
The awards, now in their 23nd 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.
|2013-14 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award Winners|
|Award Recipient||Sponsoring Institution|
|Harmony Dalgleish||College of William and Mary|
|Guglielmo Fucci||East Carolina University|
|Chiwoo Park||Florida State University|
|Jie Xu||George Mason University|
|Chao Wang||Johns Hopkins University|
|Karen Maruska||Louisiana State University|
|Chih-Hao Chang||North Carolina State University|
|Ann Cook||Ohio State University|
|Joshua Robinson||Pennsylvania State University|
|Mingji Dai||Purdue University|
|Ivan Korendovych||Syracuse University|
|Qinglei Li||Texas A&M University|
|George Nelson||University of Alabama at Huntsville|
|Brooke Crowley||University of Cincinnati|
|Abhyudai Singh||University of Delaware|
|Yan Yao||University of Houston|
|Shravan Veerapaneni||University of Michigan|
|Sang Eon Han||University of New Mexico|
|Juan Vivero-Escoto||University of North Carolina-Charlotte|
|Alberto Marino||University of Oklahoma|
|Eric Lukosi||University of Tennessee|
|Guihua Yu||University of Texas at Austin|
|Michael Rose||University of Texas at Austin|
|Waseem Haider||University of Texas-Pan American|
|Cary Pint||Vanderbilt University|
|Elizabeth Gilbert||Virginia Tech|
|Tijana Grove||Virginia Tech|
|Fuzhong Zhang||Washington University|
|Stephen Valentine||West Virginia University|
|J. Wesley Burnett||West Virginia University|
ORAU plans to offer the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards program again for the 2014-2015 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. 10, 2014.
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).