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2011 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Awards

ORAU awards 30 research grants to junior faculty at its consortium member universities

May 3, 2011

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 which 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 2011-2012 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 460 grants totaling more than $2.1 million. Including the matching funds from member institutions, ORAU has facilitated grants worth more than $4.4 million.

“The Powe awards focus on young faculty who are seeking to establish research credentials and compete for funding opportunities,” explained Dr. Arlene A. Garrison, ORAU vice president of University Partnerships. “Supporting these emerging academic leaders as they further our nation’s research efforts is a direct investment in the future of science and education.”

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 2011-2012 academic year are listed below:

2011-12 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award Winners
Award Recipient Sponsoring Institution
Michael Madritch Appalachian State University
Brad Conrad Appalachian State University
Charles Gersbach Duke University
Benjamin Wiley Duke University
Lucas Carr East Carolina University
Thomas Eisenbarth Florida Atlantic University
Lijie Zhang George Washington University
Mark Styczynski Georgia Institute of Technology
Audrey Mayer Michigan Technological University
James LeBeau North Carolina State University
Carla Frohlich North Carolina State University
Michael Tobler Oklahoma State University
Jodi Cooley-Sekula Southern Methodist University
Michael Edwards Texas A&M University
Jingyi Chen University of Arkansas
Joel Rosenthal University of Delaware
Shanta Dhar University of Georgia
Xiaohua Huang University of Memphis
Brandon Ruotolo University of Michigan
Nathan Jones University of Mississippi
Sheila Baker University of Missouri-Columbia
Gavin King University of Missouri-Columbia
Katie Keranen University of Oklahoma
Jianfeng Cai University of South Florida
Ling Zhao University of Tennessee
Zhanfei Liu University of Texas at Austin
Ruya Ozer University of Tulsa
Larisa Grawe DeSantis Vanderbilt University
Ju Wang Virginia State University
Nicolas Zegre West Virginia University

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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