Oak Ridge Associated Universities 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 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:
2014-2015 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award Winners
|Brooke Hester||Appalachian State University||Physical Sciences|
|Zahid Hossain||Arkansas State University||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Jonathan Merten||Arkansas State University||Physical Sciences|
|Maiken Mikkelsen||Duke University||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Amanda Hargrove||Duke University||Physical Sciences|
|Ismail Guvenc||Florida International University||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Cameron Thrash||Louisiana State University||Life Sciences|
|Jie Gao||Missouri University of Science and Technology||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Yuejie Chi||Ohio State University||Mathematics/Computer Science|
|Ismaila Dabo||Penn State University||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Rajamani Gounder||Purdue University||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Malin Pinsky||Rutgers University||Life Sciences|
|Tyler Moore||Southern Methodist University||Mathematics/Computer Science|
|Tara Kahan||Syracuse University||Physical Sciences|
|Jennifer Vanos||Texas Tech University||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Lin Li||University of Alabama||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Alexandre Sousa||University of Cincinnati||Physical Sciences|
|Mable Fok||University of Georgia||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Christina Payne||University of Kentucky||Physical Sciences|
|Amy Karlsson||University of Maryland||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Emanuel Gull||University of Michigan||Physical Sciences|
|Matt Maschmann||University of Missouri-Columbia||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Shaoting Zhang||University of North Carolina at Charlotte||Mathematics/Computer Science|
|Marcus Young||University of North Texas||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Bryanna Hahn-Fox||University of South Florida||Policy, Management or Education|
|Steven Skutnik||University of Tennessee||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Anna Szynkiewicz||University of Tennessee||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Evie Malaia||University of Texas at Arlington||Life Sciences|
|Andrew Esbaugh||University of Texas at Austin||Life Sciences|
|Nicole Benedek||University of Texas at Austin||Physical Sciences|
|Song Hu||University of Virginia||Life Sciences|
|Nicholas Roberts||Utah State University||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|Rizia Bardhan||Vanderbilt University||Engineering/Applied Sciences|
|John Matson||Virginia Tech||Physical Sciences|
|Timothy Wencewicz||Washington University in St. Louis||Life Sciences|
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.
For more information on fellowships, awards and grants offered by ORAU, visit www.orau.org/consortium/programs.