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ORAU Awards Research Grants to 30 Junior Faculty at Its Member Universities

June 16, 2009

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—In an effort to invest in the future of science education, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) has made its annual selection of Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award winners. ORAU has chosen 30 junior faculty from its member institutions to receive the award for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Each junior faculty winner will receive a $5,000 grant, which is intended to enhance their research and professional growth and result in new funding opportunities 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 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. Winners may use the grants to purchase equipment, continue their research or travel to professional meetings and conferences.

Award Recipient Member Institution
Chuan-Hua Chen Duke University
Patrick Charbonneau Duke University
Maria Emelianenko George Mason University
Stefan France Georgia Institute of Technology
Todd Davis Idaho State University
Dionne Cross Indiana University
Kai Loon Chen Johns Hopkins University
Michael Benton Louisiana State University
Donghui Zhang Louisiana State University
Chih-Wei Lai Michigan State University
Ty Schmidt Mississippi State University
Junmin Wang Ohio State University
Cynthia Rice-York Tennessee Technological University
Shannon Servoss University of Arkansas
Ayman Abouraddy University of Central Florida
Kelly Dyer University of Georgia
Inseok Song University of Georgia
Eva Chi University of New Mexico
Andrew Madden University of Oklahoma
Ipsita Banerjee University of Pittsburgh
Jon Boyle University of Pittsburgh
Yaling Liu University of Texas at Arlington
Sarah Dooling University of Texas at Austin
Michael Shirts University of Virginia
Amy Throckmorton Virginia Commonwealth University
Jeremiah Abiade Virginia Tech
Pablo Sobrado Virginia Tech
Jennifer Erway Wake Forest University
Timo Thonhauser Wake Forest University
Kimberly Barnes West Virginia University

Since the program began 19 years ago, ORAU has awarded 398 grants totaling more than $1.9 million. Including the matching funds from member institutions, ORAU has facilitated grants worth more than $4 million.

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 Award program again for the 2010-2011 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.

For more information on fellowships, awards and grants offered by ORAU, visit Faculty and Student Programs on the ORAU web site, or contact Ann Farler at (865) 576-1898, .

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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