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2014 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

ORAU awards 35 research grants for 2014-2015 academic year to junior faculty at its consortium member universities

May 30, 2014

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU has awarded competitive research grants totaling $175,000 to 35 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 from ORAU for the 2014-2015 academic year to enhance their research during the early stages of their career. Additionally, each recipient’s institution will match the ORAU award with an additional $5,000, making the total grant 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 in 1991, ORAU has awarded more than 555 grants totaling more than $2.775 million. Including the matching funds from member institutions, ORAU has facilitated grants worth more than $5.55 million.

“Providing funding to faculty members early in their careers expands their opportunities to build collaborations while refining their interests.” said Dr. Arlene Garrison, ORAU vice president. “ORAU is pleased that we were able to increase the number of grants this year to an exceptional group of young faculty members.”

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 24th 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.

Recipients of the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards for the 2014-2015 academic year are listed below:

2014-15 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award Winners
Award Recipient Sponsoring Institution
Brooke Hester Appalachian State University
Zahid Hossain Arkansas State University
Jonathan Merten Arkansas State University
Maiken Mikkelsen Duke University
Amanda Hargrove Duke University
Ismail Guvenc Florida International University
Cameron Thrash Louisiana State University
Jie Gao Missouri University of Science and Technology
Yuejie Chi Ohio State University
Ismaila Dabo Penn State University
Rajamani Gounder Purdue University
Malin Pinsky Rutgers University
Tyler Moore Southern Methodist University
Tara Kahan Syracuse University
Jennifer Vanos Texas Tech University
Lin Li University of Alabama
Alexandre Sousa University of Cincinnati
Mable Fok University of Georgia
Christina Payne University of Kentucky
Amy Karlsson University of Maryland
Emanuel Gull University of Michigan
Matt Maschmann University of Missouri-Columbia
Shaoting Zhang University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Marcus Young University of North Texas
Bryanna Hahn-Fox University of South Florida
Steven Skutnik University of Tennessee
Anna Szynkiewicz University of Tennessee
Evie Malaia University of Texas at Arlington
Andrew Esbaugh University of Texas at Austin
Nicole Benedek University of Texas at Austin
Song Hu University of Virginia
Nicholas Roberts Utah State University
Rizia Bardhan Vanderbilt University
John Matson Virginia Tech
Timothy Wencewicz Washington University in St. Louis

ORAU plans to offer the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards program again for the 2015-2016 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. 9, 2015.

Learn more about fellowships, awards and grants offered by ORAU.

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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