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2010 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Awards

ORAU awards 32 research grants to junior faculty from the sponsoring institutions of its consortium

June 10, 2010

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—For the 20th consecutive year, ORAU is continuing its investment in the future of science and education by awarding competitive research grants totaling $160,000 to 32 junior faculty from sponsoring institutions of the ORAU consortium. The annual grants are made through ORAU’s Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards program.

The recipients, each of whom are in the first two years of a tenure track, will each receive $5,000 in “seed money” for the 2010-2011 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.

Since the program’s inception, ORAU has awarded 430 grants totaling more than $2 million. Including the matching funds from member institutions, ORAU has facilitated grants worth more than $4.3 million.  

“ORAU is committed to the Powe awards program, as science and engineering research collaborations are imperative in furthering America’s research efforts and to positioning this country as a global research competitor,” Dr. Arlene A. Garrison, ORAU vice president of University Partnerships said.

Winners may use the grants to purchase equipment, continue their research or travel to professional meetings and conferences. This year’s winners were selected from more than 100 applications received by the Powe award committee.   

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 2010-2011 academic year are listed below:

Award Recipient Sponsoring Institution
Magdalena Djordjevic Arkansas State University
Lin Zhu Clemson University
Makeba Wilbourn Duke University
Xiaoping Pan East Carolina University
Eduardo Leorri East Carolina University
Vasubandhu Misra Florida State University
Guru Prasadh Venkataramani George Washington University
Ying Wang Louisiana State University
Shiliang Wu Michigan Technological University
Yingmei Liu Oklahoma State University
Enrique Gomez Pennsylvania State University
Johannes Bauer Southern Methodist University
Tatyana Igumenova Texas A&M University
Yuping Bao University of Alabama
Dastgeer Shaikh University of Alabama at Huntsville
Gang Li University of Alabama at Huntsville
Holly Michael University of Delaware
Wei Wei University of Floriday
Peter Kner University of Georgia
Yinan Wei University of Kentucky
Jizhou Song University of Miami
Eric Johnsen University of Michigan
Blaise Boles University of Michigan
Feifei Pan University of North Texas
Anthony Bell, Jr. University of Southern Mississippi
Fatemeh Hassanipour University of Texas at Dallas
Mimi Engel Vanderbilt University
Gary Seidel Virginia Tech
Oana Jurchescu Wake Forest University
Yinjie Tang Washington University
Liviu Mirica Washington University
Edward Sabolsky West Virginia University

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 Awards program again for the 2011-2012 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 Feb. 4, 2011.

For more information on fellowships, awards and grants offered by ORAU, visit 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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