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Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

Powe Awards help ORAU member institutions retain their best young faculty members

Our commitment to enriching the research skills and professional growth of young faculty members at ORAU member institutions is embodied in the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program. These competitive research awards provide seed money for junior faculty members that often result in additional funding from other sources. The award amount provided by ORAU is $5,000. The applicant’s institution is required to match the award with at least an additional $5,000. This is a one-year grant (June 1 to May 31).

Eligibility for the Powe Awards is open to full-time assistant professors at ORAU member institutions within two years of their initial tenure track appointment at the time of application. If there is a question about eligibility, your ORAU Councilor makes the final determination. Only two nominations are allowed per institution.

Research projects must fall within one of these five disciplines:

  • Engineering and Applied Science
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics/Computer Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Policy, Management, or Education

Junior faculty members interested in applying should consult their ORAU Councilor, and visit the frequently asked questions.

2019-20 Powe Award winners

Award Recipient Member Institution
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
Qingguo Xu, DPhil, a 2018 winner of the ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

ORAU’s Powe Awards propel research and spark professional growth for junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. In 2018, competitive Powe research grants totaling $180,000 were awarded to 36 junior faculty members. Qingguo Xu, DPhil, a 2018 winner of the ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, is using his award to research better methods for drug delivery in the treatment of eye disorders, cancer and other diseases.

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For more information about the Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, contact the University Partnerships office at 865.576.6513 or