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New Research Development Fellows cadre selected

Office of Research and Economic Development


Posted October 14, 2020 by Dan Moser

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has selected 25 faculty to serve as 2020-21 Research Development Fellows. The program provides full-time, pre-tenure faculty with information, resources and approaches necessary to prepare competitive grant proposals.

The Research Development Fellows Program, which this year combines formal and informal learning sessions in a virtual setting, is designed to enhance the grant-getting success of the university’s early career faculty by providing proposal development best practices in a diverse, interactive and collaborative space that encourages relationship-building around funding for research and creative activity.

Research Development Fellows Program learning activities are complemented by one-on-one consultations with Nebraska administrators, faculty colleagues and Office of Research and Economic Development staff who provide advice to fellows regarding the proposal development process, including the creation of a concept paper and elevator pitch.

Participants were selected through a competitive application process. The 2020-2021 Research Development Fellows Program fellows are:

  • Roberto Abadie, assistant professor of global integrative studies and sociology
  • Katie Anania, assistant professor of art, art history, and design
  • Wei Bao, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering
  • Mona Bavarian, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering
  • William Belcher, assistant professor of global integrative studies
  • Patrick Bitterman, assistant professor of global integrative studies
  • Jesse Fleming, assistant professor of emerging media arts
  • Mohammad Ghashami, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering
  • Javed Iqbal, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture
  • Jack Jeffries, assistant professor of mathematics
  • Congriu Jin, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering
  • Taeyeon Kim, assistant professor of educational administration
  • Fanben Meng, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering
  • Deepika Menon, assistant professor of teaching, learning, and teacher education
  • David Newton, assistant professor of architecture
  • Arman Roohi, assistant professor of computer science and engineering
  • Tirthankar Roy, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering
  • Ash Smith, assistant professor of emerging media arts
  • Robert Streubel, assistant professor of physics
  • Hoang-Dung Tran, assistant professor of computer science and engineering
  • Robert Twomey, assistant professor of emerging media arts
  • Ruth Woiwode, assistant professor of animal science
  • Yijie Xiong, assistant professor of animal science
  • Qiuming Yao, assistant professor of computer science and engineering
  • Ruizhi Zhang, assistant professor of statistics

Since Research Development Fellows Program’s inception in 2008, 217 fellows have participated in the program.

Applications for the 2021-2022 cohort will be solicited in fall 2021. Visit the Research Development Fellows Program website for more details or contact Tisha Mullen.