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ORAU Awards Research Grants to 26 Junior Faculty at Member Universities

May 31, 2005

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Each academic year, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) makes a substantial investment in the future of science education by presenting a select group of assistant professors at its member institutions with the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards. For the 2005-2006 academic year, ORAU has selected 26 faculty members to receive awards.

The grants of $5,000 each are intended to provide “seed money” that will allow these faculty members, each of whom are in the first two years of a tenure track, to enhance their research during the early stages of their careers. Each recipient’s institution matches the ORAU award with an additional $5,000, making the total prize worth $10,000 for each winner.

The awards recognize work in five science and technology disciplines: engineering or applied science; life sciences; mathematics and computer science; physical sciences; and policy, management, or education. Winning faculty members may use the grants to purchase equipment, continue their research or travel to professional meetings and conferences.

In the 15 years since the program began, ORAU has awarded 283 grants totaling more than $1.4 million. Including the matching funds from member institutions, ORAU has facilitated grants worth more than $2.8 million.

Ralph E. Powe, for whom the awards are named, served as the ORAU councilor from Mississippi State University for 16 years, participating in numerous committees and special projects during his tenure. His fellow councilors elected him as 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 Award program again for the 2006-2007 academic year. Faculty members at ORAU member institutions who are within two years of their initial tenure-track appointments as assistant professors are eligible for the grants.

Recipients of the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards for the 2005-2006 academic year are listed below:

Award Recipient Member Institution
Mark Byrne Auburn University
Jian Luo Clemson University
Paul Magwene Duke University
Susan Latturner Florida State University
Jennifer Krumper Idaho State University
Jayne Garno Louisiana State University
Evgueni Nesterov Louisiana State University
Rafael Hernandez Mississippi State University
Yaohang Li North Carolina A&T State University
Elizabeth Loboa North Carolina State University
Keith Weninger North Carolina State University
Kathryn Jane Grande-Allen Rice University
Han Pu Rice University
Xiaoming Li Tennessee State University
Henry Ashbaugh Tulane University
Min Zou University of Arkansas
Brian Law University of Florida
Susanne Ullrich University of Georgia
Todd Hastings University of Kentucky
Sen-ching Cheung University of Kentucky
Juana Moreno University of North Dakota
Yan Huang University of North Texas
Seddik Djouadi University of Tennessee
James Dickerson Vanderbilt University
Peizhen Kathy Lu Virginia Tech
Rahul Kulkarni Virginia Tech

For more information on fellowships, awards and grants offered by ORAU, visit or contact Ann Farler at (865) 576-1898 or by e-mail at

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).

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