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2010 Research Development Fellows named


2010 Research Development Fellows named
Charles Wood speaking at kickoff event.
Fourteen UNL faculty members have been selected for the 2010 Research Development Fellows Program, an initiative to help pre-tenure faculty successfully compete for grants.

The Office of Research and Economic Development established the year-long program last year to provide practical information and experience that pre-tenure faculty need to successfully compete for grants. The program helps fellows enhance their proposal development skills and prepare a complete proposal.

"External funding is critical to faculty success in research," said Kimberly Andrews Espy, associate vice chancellor for research, who leads this initiative. "This program is designed to give our early career faculty a competitive advantage in pursuing funding."

The program again drew broad interest among pre-tenure faculty. This year's 14 fellows were selected from 28 applicants. A Jan. 25 kickoff event featured a presentation by UNL virologist Charles Wood, director of the Nebraska Center for Virology.

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. The new fellows are finalizing their mentoring arrangements. Formal and informal learning sessions help fellows plan and write effective grant proposals, build budgets and understand the proposal review process.

Individualized consultations with Office of Research and Economic Development staff provide advice and expertise as fellows develop grant proposals. The office provides an external peer review of final proposals and sponsors travel for fellows to visit federal program officers in Washington, D.C.

The 14 assistant professors who were selected as research fellows and their departments are:

  • Tom Burkey, Animal Science
  • Daniel Ciobanu, Animal Science
  • John Gates, Geosciences
  • Seth Giertz, Economics
  • Dana Griffin, Political Science
  • John Guretzky, Agronomy and Horticulture
  • Jinsong Huang, Mechanical Engineering
  • Christine Kelly, Mathematics
  • Deepak Keshwani, Biological Systems Engineering
  • Jeonghan Ko, Industrial and Management Systems Engineering
  • Siu Kit Lau, Architectural Engineering
  • Josephine Lau, Architectural Engineering
  • Yi Qian, Computer and Electronics Engineering
  • Mehmet Vuran, Computer Science and Engineering






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