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Awards and Fellowships
Here are complete descriptions of awards and fellowships.

Here are awards for science, teaching, and civic engagement.

  • W.M. Keck Foundation Award, Boise, ID (Awarded 2011)—The foundation seeks to benefit humanity by supporting distinctive and novel projects, awarding funding to universities and institutions nationwide for science and engineering research projects that: (1) focus on important and emerging research areas, (2) have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation, or methodologies, (3) are innovative, distinctive, and interdisciplinary, (4) demonstrate a high risk level due to unconventional approaches or challenges to prevailing paradigms, (5) fall outside public funding agency missions, and (6) demonstrate that private philanthropy generally, and the W.M. Keck Foundation in particular, is essential to project success.
  • NIH Quantitative Research Development K25 Career Award, Boise, ID (Awarded 2011)To advance research relevant to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) mission, participating Institutes and Centers have created the Quantitative Research Career Development Award (K25). The K25 Award supports the career development of quantitatively trained investigators who make a commitment to basic or clinical biomedicine, bioengineering, bioimaging, or behavioral research. NIH is especially interested in increasing the number of scientists trained to conduct high-quality research that combine insights derived from, and cut across, different scientific, technical, and biomedical areas.
  • Golden Apple Award, Boise, ID (Awarded 2011)—On behalf of the Associated Students of Boise State University, the Golden Apple Award is in appreciation of excellence and recognition of outstanding faculty service across campus. It honors select professors for their excellence in teaching, availability, and willingness to help students.
  • ASEE Best Paper Award, New Engineering Educators Division (NEE), Vancouver, B.C. (Awarded 2011)—Award intended for seasoned educators on topics that include, but are not limited to, aspects of managing classroom and research-group activities, pedagogy for new engineering faculty, tenure dossier preparation, tenure and promotion issues, work-life balance and time management, career planning and dual-career issues, new faculty development and mentoring, seeking and obtaining funding, and advice on writing technical papers or proposals. “How can we Help Faculty Balance Between Teaching and Scholarly Activities?” was selected as the First Place winner of the NEE Division’s Best Paper competition. Authors, Yonnie Chyung, William L. Hughes, Ko Sasaki, John Chiasson, Teresa Cole, and Cheryl Schrader were presented the award on June 28th at the Division’s annual Networking/Awards Dinner (session T753).
  • President’s Community Service Award, San Luis Obispo, CA (Nominated 2007; Awarded 2008)—Presented to faculty for contributions to the quality of life in San Luis Obispo, California and their spirit of civic engagement.  Awards are given to highlight specific achievements in service that create and sustain reciprocal learning partnerships among members of the local, regional, and global communities. Through these intentional and interactive experiences, we enhance curricular understanding, increase civic and social awareness, and better address the complexities of the human condition. According to President Warren J. Baker, “the Department of Materials Engineering exemplifies a service-learning-engaged department. They have accomplished a major curriculum transformation by successfully integrating service learning and project-based learning in half of the courses that the department offers. Evidence is emerging from this work to indicate the importance of these curricular changes in the development of students as 21st century professionals. This team is and will continue to have a significant impact not only on current and future students in their department but students and faculty from across campus, as well as their community partners.”
  • Buddy McCracken Award, Rockville, MD (Awarded 1996)—Honors young adults who possess the desire, discipline, dedication, and determination to better themselves and their local community.
  • President’s Executive Director of Nano@Tech Award, Atlanta, GA (Awarded 2005)—Recognizes Georgia Tech and Emory University graduate students that have increased public awareness of nanotechnology via the National Nanotechnology Initiative Network (NNIN).


  • Eugene P. Wigner Fellowship Program, Oak Ridge, TN (International Finalist, 2006)—Established to honor the Nobel Laureate (1963) and first Director of Research & Development at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The appointment provides an opportunity for young engineers and life, physical, and social scientists to select and pursue research in areas related to national energy problems and interests.
  • Tools and Techniques in Nanoscience Fellowship, San Jose, Costa Rica (Awarded 2006)—The fellowship is a jointly-supported initiative between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is designed to disseminate advanced scientific and engineering knowledge and stimulate training and cooperation among researchers of the Americas in the mathematical, physical, and biological sciences, and in engineering fields.
  • Molecular Design Institute Fellowship, Atlanta, GA (Awarded 2003)—The Molecular Design Institute is a multi-institutional consortium funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA). The institute combines the efforts from many fields of science to solve, educate, and understand atomic-scale design, synthesis, processing, and characterization of new molecules and materials.
  • Student & Teacher Enhancement Partnership Fellowship, Atlanta, GA (Awarded 2005)—NSF supported Fellowship partners advanced graduate students with metro-Atlanta schools through its NSF Graduate Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) program; and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP).  The fellowship seeks to improve Georgia Tech graduate student teaching-related communication and leadership skills and to use their expertise to benefit Atlanta-area student mathematics and science performance.  Fellows participate in summer training workshops to educate themselves in inquiry-based learning pedagogy, classroom management techniques, effective teaching skills, and appropriate educational technology use. Fellows also work with school personnel to develop school needs assessments and action plans.
  • National Academy of Engineering, Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Washington, D.C (Awarded 2006)—Fosters transformation in instructional effectiveness for the next generation of United States engineering faculty.
  • Inaugural Paul Bonderson Materials Fellowship, San Luis Obispo, CA (Awarded 2007)—Facilitated a joint graduate program between the Colleges of Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • External Advisory Board Fellowship, Atlanta, GA (Awarded 2001)—The External Advisory Board at Georgia Tech includes members who represent industry, academics, and national laboratories. The fellowship recognizes exceptional graduate students that the Graduate College has identified as unconventional, non-traditional, or innovative.

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