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, a press release said.
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 2019-2020 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, the press release said. 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 734 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 press release said.
“The Powe Awards program benefits our member universities and is always extremely popular, 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 29th 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 2019-2020 academic year are listed below:
- Mridul Aanjaneya, Rutgers University
- Fadi Abdeljawad, Clemson University
- Irfan Ahmed, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Mustafa Aksoy, University at Albany
- Netz Arroyo, Johns Hopkins University
- Rana Ashkar, Virginia Tech
- Adam Aurisano, University of Cincinnati
- Leilani Battle, University of Maryland
- April Becker, University of North Texas
- Muyinatu Bell, Johns Hopkins University
- Suzanne Birner, Berea College
- Jennifer Bridwell-Rabb, University of Michigan
- Shiwang Cheng, Michigan State University
- Xiangyang Dong, Missouri University of Science and Technology
- Erica Edwards, Wayne State University
- Tanvir Faisal, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
- Yunlong Feng, University at Albany
- Xiaodan Gu, University of Southern Mississippi
- Yujie Hu, University of South Florida
- Jyoti Katoch, Carnegie Mellon University
- Yong Lin Kong, University of Utah
- Joel Lewis, George Washington University
- Chengyu Li, Villanova University
- Fangqiong Ling, Washington University in St. Louis
- James McKone, University of Pittsburgh
- Jaewon Oh, Appalachian State University
- Ashley Pagnotta, College of Charleston
- Mikail Rubinov, Vanderbilt University
- Brett Savoie, Purdue University
- Stanley Snelson, Florida Institute of Technology
- Thomas Theis, North Carolina State University
- Tuo Wang, Louisiana State University
- Shuo Wang, West Virginia University
- Tiffany Weinkopff, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
- Ruijie Zeng, Utah State University
- Hanyu Zhu, Rice University
For more information on fellowships, awards, and grants offered by ORAU, visit https://www.orau.org/university-partnerships/members-only/default.aspx.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
This press release was submitted by Amy Schwinge.
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