Some of the youngest faculty are poised to further research in critical areas, collectively earning 11 National Science Foundation CAREER awards and five Young Investigator awards — a record high in college and university history.
By Stephanie Kapllani and Erica Corder
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
At Virginia Tech, a university record of 14 faculty members were winners of the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER award. According to the NSF, the CAREER award is the organization’s most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty. Those selected are deemed to have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to become leaders at their respective institutions.
Of the 14 total winners at Virginia Tech, 11 are assistant professors within the College of Engineering.
Department of Defense Young Investigator Award
The U.S. Department of Defense offers four recurring grant programs that benefit early-career faculty and researchers. Funding for these three-year, $120,000 grants is provided to winners through the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
In the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, five assistant professors earned grants through the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Office of Naval Research.
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