ORAU awards 37 research grants for 2017-2018 academic year to junior faculty at its consortium member universities
OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU has awarded competitive research grants totaling $185,000 to 37 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 2017-2018 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 662 grants totaling more than $3.3 million. Including the matching funds from member institutions, ORAU has facilitated grants worth more than $6.6 million.
“The Powe awards recognize the research and professional growth of young faculty and help them to identify new funding opportunities,” said Arlene Garrison, ORAU vice president. “ORAU is proud to support the future of science through these emerging academic leaders.”
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 27th 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 2017-2018 academic year are listed below:
|2017-18 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award Winners|
|Award Recipient||Sponsoring Institution||Discipline|
|Jie Xiong||Appalachian State University||Policy, Management or Education|
|Majid Beidaghi||Auburn University||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Bridgett King||Auburn University||Policy, Management or Education|
|Sara Haravifard||Duke University||Physical Sciences|
|Erin Field||East Carolina University||Life Sciences|
|Mainak Mookherjee||Florida State University||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Lei Chen||Mississippi State University||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Eric Chi||North Carolina State University||Mathematics/Computer Science|
|Phillip Alderman||Oklahoma State University||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Jing Du||Penn State University||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Maria Okuniewski||Purdue University||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Corey Thompson||Purdue University||Physical Sciences|
|Teng Zeng||Syracuse University||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|David Powers||Texas A&M University||Physical Sciences|
|Maria Pour||University of Alabaman in Huntsville||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Hugh Churchill||University of Arkansas||Physical Sciences|
|Ben Livneh||University of Colorado, Boulder||Physical Sciences|
|Brett Scheffers||University of Florida||Life Sciences|
|Xiaonan Shan||University of Houston||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Raju Gottumukkala||University of Louisiana at Lafayette||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Taylor Woehl||University of Maryland||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman||University of Maryland||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Yue Fan||University of Michigan||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Thai Hoang Le||University of Mississippi||Mathematics/Computer Science|
|Sang Lee||University of New Mexico||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Diana Berman||University of North Texas||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Bayrammurad Saparov||University of Oklahoma||Physical Sciences|
|Mostafa Bedewy||University of Pittsburgh||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Leanne Gilbertson||University of Pittsburgh||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Sindhu Jagadamma||University of Tennessee||Life Sciences|
|Rachel McCord||University of Tennessee||Life Sciences|
|Feng Bao||University of Tennessee at Chattanooga||Mathematics/Computer Science|
|Ill Ryu||University of Texas at Dallas||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Kelsey Hatzell||Vanderbilt University||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Feng Lin||Virginia Tech||Physical Sciences|
|Rohan Mishra||Washington University in St. Louis||Physical Sciences|
|Christopher Dy||Washington University in St. Louis||Policy, Management or 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).