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ORAU awards 36 research grants for 2018-2019 academic year to junior faculty at its consortium member universities

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU has awarded competitive research grants totaling $180,000 to 36 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 2018-2019 academic year to enhance their research during the early stages of their careers. Each recipient’s institution 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 698 grants totaling more than $3.4 million. Including the matching funds from member institutions, ORAU has facilitated grants worth more than $6.9 million.

“The Powe Awards program is very popular and beneficial to our member universities because it provides an opportunity for young faculty members to further their research careers and helps them identify potential funding avenues,” said Arlene Garrison, ORAU Vice President, University Partnerships Office. “ORAU is proud to recognize the research and professional growth of these emerging leaders as they support the future of science and technology.”

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 28th 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. He died in 1996.

Recipients of the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards for the 2018-2019 academic year are listed below:

Award Recipient Sponsoring Institution
Alexander Davis Carnegie Mellon University
Ellison Carter Colorado State University
Blair Brettmann Georgia Institute of Technology
Henry La Pierre Georgia Institute of Technology
Mary Elting North Carolina State University
Shu Yang North Carolina State University
Lei Wu Ohio University
Vicky Doan-Nguyen The Ohio State University
Shiyu Zhang The Ohio State University
Rebekah Dawson Penn State University
Janelle Wharry Purdue University
Meng Li Rice University
Adam Norris Southern Methodist University
Minghao Rostami Syracuse University
Liang Du Temple University
Nicholas Sandoval Tulane University
Feng Yan University of Alabama
Lingyan Kong University of Alabama
Kannatassen Appavoo University of Alabama at Birmingham
Chenguang Fan University of Arkansas
Jingjie Wu University of Cincinnati
Rawad Saleh University of Georgia
Sachin Handa University of Louisville
Gregg Duncan University of Maryland
Thang Hoang University of Memphis
Saumen Chakraborty University of Mississippi
Qi An University of Nevada, Reno
Tao Yang University of North Texas
Yihan Shao University of Oklahoma
Filippo Mangolini University of Texas at Austin
Piran Ravichandran Kidambi Vanderbilt University
Qingguo Xu Virginia Commonwealth University
Xianming Bai Virginia Tech
Jordan McCall Washington University in St. Louis
Timothy Dittrich Wayne State University
Aaron Robart  West Virginia University

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

About 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 150 colleges and universities, 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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