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ORAU awards 35 research grants for 2016-2017 academic year to junior faculty at its consortium member universities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2016
FY16-30

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU has awarded competitive research grants totaling $175,000 to 35 junior faculty from its member institutions. The annual grants are made through the company’s 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 2016-2017 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 more than 625 grants totaling more than $2.8 million. Including the matching funds from member institutions, ORAU has facilitated grants worth more than $5.5 million.

“The Powe awards recognize exceptional young faculty as they begin to build their academic careers and compete for funding opportunities,” said Arlene Garrison, ORAU vice president. “ORAU is proud to support these emerging academic leaders as they further our nation’s research efforts.”

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 26th 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 2016-2017 academic year are listed below:

2016-17 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award Winners
Award Recipient Sponsoring Institution Discipline
Shantanu Jathar Colorado State University Engineering and Applied Science
Amanda Randles Duke University Engineering and Applied Science
Seung Jae lee Florida International University Engineering and Applied Science
Hongliang Zhang Louisiana State University Engineering and Applied Science
Veronica Augustyn North Carolina State University Engineering and Applied Science
Jiankang Wang Ohio State University Engineering and Applied Science
Jinwoo Hwang Ohio State University Engineering and Applied Science
Wenzhuo Wu Purdue University Engineering and Applied Science
Shishir Chundawat Rutgers University Engineering and Applied Science
Wenchao Zhou University of Arkansas Engineering and Applied Science
Shuo Pang University of Central Florida Engineering and Applied Science
Yiliang Liao University of Nevada, Reno Engineering and Applied Science
Susan Fullerton University of Pittsburgh Engineering and Applied Science
David Donovan University of Tennessee Engineering and Applied Science
Mariya Zhuravleva University of Tennessee Engineering and Applied Science
Geoffrey Geise University of Virginia Engineering and Applied Science
Shihong Lin Vanderbilt University Engineering and Applied Science
Jonathan Boreyko Virginia Tech Engineering and Applied Science
Cosmin Dumitrescu West Virginia University Engineering and Applied Science
Jacob Hochard East Carolina University Life Science
April Blakeslee East Carolina University Life Science
Ehren Newman Indiana University Life Science
Carlos Castaneda Syracuse University Life Science
Jimena Laporta University of Flordia Life Science
Mete Civelek University of Virginia Life Science
Ruogu Fang Florida International University Math/Computer Science
Hui Zhang University of Louisville Math/Computer Science
Derek Martin Appalachian State University Physical Science
Martin Mourigal Georgia Institute of Technology Physical Science
Matthew Green North Carolina State University Physical Science
Pravas Deria Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Physical Science
Michael Chini University of Central Florida Physical Science
Xiao Shen University of Memphis Physical Science
Anna Simon University of Notre Dame Physical Science
Shubha Patvardhan University of Delaware Policy Management and Education

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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