FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2014
OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU has awarded competitive research grants totaling $175,000 to 35 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 from ORAU for the 2014-2015 academic year to enhance their research during the early stages of their career. Additionally, each recipient’s institution will match the ORAU award with an additional $5,000, making the total grant 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 in 1991, ORAU has awarded more than 555 grants totaling more than $2.775 million. Including the matching funds from member institutions, ORAU has facilitated grants worth more than $5.55 million.
“Providing funding to faculty members early in their careers expands their opportunities to build collaborations while refining their interests.” said Dr. Arlene Garrison, ORAU vice president. “ORAU is pleased that we were able to increase the number of grants this year to an exceptional group of young faculty members.”
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 24th 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.
Recipients of the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards for the 2014-2015 academic year are listed below:
|2014-15 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award Winners|
|Award Recipient||Sponsoring Institution|
|Brooke Hester||Appalachian State University|
|Zahid Hossain||Arkansas State University|
|Jonathan Merten||Arkansas State University|
|Maiken Mikkelsen||Duke University|
|Amanda Hargrove||Duke University|
|Ismail Guvenc||Florida International University|
|Cameron Thrash||Louisiana State University|
|Jie Gao||Missouri University of Science and Technology|
|Yuejie Chi||Ohio State University|
|Ismaila Dabo||Penn State University|
|Rajamani Gounder||Purdue University|
|Malin Pinsky||Rutgers University|
|Tyler Moore||Southern Methodist University|
|Tara Kahan||Syracuse University|
|Jennifer Vanos||Texas Tech University|
|Lin Li||University of Alabama|
|Alexandre Sousa||University of Cincinnati|
|Mable Fok||University of Georgia|
|Christina Payne||University of Kentucky|
|Amy Karlsson||University of Maryland|
|Emanuel Gull||University of Michigan|
|Matt Maschmann||University of Missouri-Columbia|
|Shaoting Zhang||University of North Carolina at Charlotte|
|Marcus Young||University of North Texas|
|Bryanna Hahn-Fox||University of South Florida|
|Steven Skutnik||University of Tennessee|
|Anna Szynkiewicz||University of Tennessee|
|Evie Malaia||University of Texas at Arlington|
|Andrew Esbaugh||University of Texas at Austin|
|Nicole Benedek||University of Texas at Austin|
|Song Hu||University of Virginia|
|Nicholas Roberts||Utah State University|
|Rizia Bardhan||Vanderbilt University|
|John Matson||Virginia Tech|
|Timothy Wencewicz||Washington University in St. Louis|
ORAU plans to offer the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards program again for the 2015-2016 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. 9, 2015.
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).