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Research Development Fellows named

Research Development Fellows named
Ellen Weissinger, dean of graduate studies, speaks at the Research Development Fellows Program kickoff March 30.
Twelve UNL faculty members have been selected for the inaugural Research Development Fellows Program, an initiative to help pre-tenure faculty successfully compete for grants.

The Office of Research program, launched this year, provides practical information and experience pre-tenure faculty need to successfully compete for grants. The year-long program helps fellows enhance their proposal development skills and prepare a complete proposal for submission.

The new program drew broad interest among pre-tenure faculty. Twelve fellows will be selected annually and this year's competition drew 28 applicants.

"We received excellent applications so competition was tight," said Kim Espy, associate vice chancellor for research, who leads this new initiative.

The program's three main components are mentoring, learning sessions and consultations. Each participant is paired with a senior faculty mentor who has a strong track record of securing grants. Formal and informal learning sessions will help fellows plan and write effective grant proposals, build budgets and understand the proposal review process.

Individualized consultations with Office of Research staff will provide advice and expertise as fellows develop grant proposals. The Office of Research will provide an external consultant to review final proposals and will sponsor travel for fellows to visit federal program officers in Washington, D.C.

"Enabling cutting edge research by obtaining external funding is essential to faculty success. This program is designed to give our early career faculty a real leg up in this competitive area," Espy said.

The 12 fellows and their senior faculty mentors are:

Annette Griffith, research assistant professor, and Michael Epstein, professor, special education and communication disorders;

Xu Li, assistant professor, civil engineering, and Steven Comfort, professor, School of Natural Resources;

Bradley Lubben, assistant professor, and Raymond Supalla, professor of agricultural economics;

Stephanie Wessels, assistant professor, and Ali Moeller, professor, teaching, learning and teacher education, and Susan Sheridan, professor, educational psychology;

Jeffrey Mower, assistant professor, agronomy and horticulture, and Sally Mackenzie, professor of agronomy and horticulture, Center for Plant Science Innovation;

Shadi Othman, assistant professor, biological systems engineering, and Joseph Turner, professor, engineering mechanics;

Wei Qiao, assistant professor, and Jerry Hudgins, professor, electrical engineering;

Bradley Shadwick, assistant professor, and Anthony Starace, professor, physics and astronomy;

Anuj Sharma, assistant professor, and Laurence Rilett, professor, civil engineering;

Isabel Velazquez, assistant professor, modern languages and literature, and Carolyn Edwards, professor, psychology;

Richard Wilson, assistant professor, and James van Etten, professor, and Steven Harris, associate professor, plant pathology; and

Bin Yu, assistant professor, and Heriberto Cerutti, associate professor, School of Biological Sciences.

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