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ORAU awards 35 research grants totaling $175,000 to junior faculty at its member universities

ORAU has awarded competitive research grants totaling $175,000 to 35 junior faculty from its member institutions. Additionally, General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc. (GDIT) and the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA) have partnered with ORAU to fund one award each. 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.

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Alexander Bataller, 2020 ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award winner studies the use of molten salts for advanced nuclear power applications

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