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2013 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Awards

ORAU awards 30 research grants for 2013-2014 academic year to junior faculty at its consortium member universities

May 28, 2013

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 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 in “seed money” for the 2013-2014 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 over 520 grants totaling more than $2.6 million. Including the matching funds from member institutions, ORAU has facilitated grants worth more than $5.2 million.

“ORAU is excited to support 30 exciting new ideas proposed by junior faculty from member institutions,” said Dr. Arlene Garrison, ORAU vice president of University Partnerships. “This funding enables creative exploration at a critical early career stage.”

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 23nd 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.

2013-14 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award Winners
Award Recipient Sponsoring Institution
Harmony Dalgleish College of William and Mary
Guglielmo Fucci East Carolina University
Chiwoo Park Florida State University
Jie Xu George Mason University
Chao Wang Johns Hopkins University
Karen Maruska Louisiana State University
Chih-Hao Chang North Carolina State University
Ann Cook Ohio State University
Joshua Robinson Pennsylvania State University
Mingji Dai Purdue University
Ivan Korendovych Syracuse University
Qinglei Li Texas A&M University
George Nelson University of Alabama at Huntsville
Brooke Crowley University of Cincinnati
Abhyudai Singh University of Delaware
Yan Yao University of Houston
Shravan Veerapaneni University of Michigan
Sang Eon Han University of New Mexico
Juan Vivero-Escoto University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Alberto Marino University of Oklahoma
Eric Lukosi University of Tennessee
Guihua Yu University of Texas at Austin
Michael Rose University of Texas at Austin
Waseem Haider University of Texas-Pan American
Cary Pint Vanderbilt University
Elizabeth Gilbert Virginia Tech
Tijana Grove Virginia Tech
Fuzhong Zhang Washington University
Stephen Valentine West Virginia University
J. Wesley Burnett West Virginia University

ORAU plans to offer the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards program again for the 2014-2015 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. 10, 2014.

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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