Research Awards

Early Career Creativity, Research & Scholarship Award

PURPOSE: The Early Career Creativity, Research and Scholarship Award is a recognition for Assistant Professors who have passed their third year review and who have distinguished themselves in their creative or scholarly activities.

TYPES: Two types of Early Career awards may be presented:

  1. Research Award – based on traditional research productivity, generally assessed by grant and contract funding and/or publication in peer reviewed journals
  2. Scholarly or Creativity Award – based on scholarly and creative productivity, generally assessed by publication of books, literature, or similar written works or creation of artistic works

DEADLINE:  October 20, 2017

Creativity, Research & Scholarship Award

PURPOSE: The Creativity, Research and Scholarship Award is a recognition for persons who have achieved the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and who have distinguished themselves in their creative or scholarly activities.

TYPES: Two types of awards may be presented:

  1. Research Award – based on traditional research productivity, generally assessed by grant and contract funding and/or publication in peer reviewed journals
  2. Scholarly or Creativity Award – based on scholarly and creative productivity, generally assessed by publication of books, literature, or similar written works or creation of artistic works

DEADLINE:  October 20, 2017

The Award proposal information can be found on the Research Internal Grant Program SharePoint Page under links.

Winners in Fiscal Year 2017

Early Career Research Prize

 AhmedIrfan Ahmed, Ph.D. joined the Computer Science department as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2013. Dr. Ahmed’s research interests include digital forensics, industrial control system security, malware detection and analysis, cloud computing, and the human factor in cybersecurity and cybersecurity education. During the past three years Dr. Ahmed has been the PI or co-PI on four National Science Foundation, two Department of Defense, one Office of Naval Research and three Board of Regents awards. Irfan has also co-authored a book chapter, six journal articles, seventeen full conference papers, four extended abstracts, and four posters in well-known and highly competitive cybersecurity journals and conferences. At the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference, a top cybersecurity research conference, Dr. Ahmed has been an invited speaker for the past two years.

Dr. Ahmed is a dedicated teacher who uses his research and resources to enhance the student learning experience. He has developed a new course on Industrial Control System Security, initiated peer instruction teaching methodology in the cybersecurity courses at UNO, and he consistently receives high student evaluations in the courses he teaches. One of Dr. Ahmed’s National Science Foundation grants promotes peer instruction in cybersecurity courses to increase student retention and learning. Dr. Ahmed is also very involved in the cybersecurity research community. He serves as the technical program committee member of top digital forensic conferences including DFRWS and ICDF2C, in addition to serving as a reviewer for top research journals such as IEEE Transactions on Computers, and IEEE Computer.

Research Excellence Prize

SpinuLeonard Spinu, Ph.D. joined the faculty in the Department of Physics and the Advanced Materials Institute (AMRI) in 2002 as an Assistant Professor, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007 and promoted to the rank of Professor in 2012. He has also served at first as the Acting Director and then as the Director of  AMRI from 2012-2015. Leonard is currently serving as a rotating Program Director of the National Facilities and Instrumentation Program at the National Science Foundation, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Division of Materials Research while maintaining an active research program at UNO with three doctoral students and three undergraduate students. Dr. Spinu has published over 140 publications, many of which are in top tier journals, including Nature Materials, Physical Review Letters, Nature Physics and Physical Review.  Dr. Spinu has been very successful in terms of research funding and has been the PI or co-PI on over $15 million in awards. He has served as a grant reviewer for numerous organizations, including the National Science Foundation, Army Research Office, Department of Energy, and the Science Foundation Ireland. Dr. Spinu has served as an active reviewer on top journals, such as Physical Review B, Physical Review Letters, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, and IEEE Transactions on Magnetics. Another important aspect of Dr. Spinu’s research strengths is his participation in professional meetings and workshops, where he has presented at various international meetings and has been an invited guest speaker at universities around the world. Dr. Spinu uses his research to enhance student learning and he has worked with doctoral, masters, undergraduate and high school students, and high school teachers.

Competitive Funding Prize

SchluchterWendy Schluchter, Ph.D. joined the university in 1998 as an Assistant Professor, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2004 and reached the rank of full Professor in 2010. In addition to being a highly accomplished researcher, she has also served as the Chair of Biological Sciences since 2010. Dr. Schluchter has consistently received funding from the National Science Foundation, including the prestigious NSF Career Award in 2002. Her recent grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute was $1.5 million dollars for increasing recruitment and retention of STEM students in an urban university. This award will focus on establishing math and biology advising boot camps for freshmen; establish STEM learning communities at the freshman and sophomore levels; transform math courses with an emphasis on interactive teaching and technology; and transform biology freshman and sophomore core curriculum.


 

Winners in Fiscal Year 2016

Early Career Research Prize

Elliott_BeatonElliott Alexander Beaton, Ph.D. joined the Psychology department as a full-time Assistant Professor in fall 2012. Since then, he has been actively involved in extensive research activities in the areas of affective and developmental neuroscience with a special focus on the interaction amongst stress, genetically derived temperament, and environment on lifelong health and development. Elliott is an energetic teacher and mentor who encourages students to participate in his research activities. In the past three years he has had seven graduate students, twelve undergraduates and three post-undergraduates working directly in his lab. Dr. Beaton has a strong commitment to outreach to the local K-12 community and has participated in a number of external educational events since joining UNO such as Girl Scouts STEM Extravaganza and the Zephyrs STEM Education Day.

Research Excellence Prize

Matthew_TarrMatthew "Matt" Tarr, Ph.D. began as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 1995. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2001 and to Professor in 2007. In 2010 he received the title of University Research Professor, served as the Chair of the Chemistry department from 2009-2015 and in FY 15 served as Chair of UNO's Faculty Governance Committee. Dr. Tarr's research programs involve several areas: nanostructured materials for photovoltaics and energy conversion, environmental chemistry and photochemistry, and the use of micro- and nanomaterials for biomarker detection or site directed drug delivery. Dr. Tarr has published four books, six book chapters, fifty-two journal articles and participates extensively in professional meetings. Dr. Matthew Tarr has served as the Primary PI for $4 million in external funding and worked as a key personnel for more than $11 million dollars in sponsored programs. Matt uses his research expertise to enhance the learning opportunities available to Chemistry students and has earned the Excellence in Teaching Award from the UNO International Alumni Association.

Competitive Funding Prize

MahdiMahdi Abdelguerfi, Ph.D. is Chair of the Computer Science Department in addition to being an accomplished researcher and highly funded Principal Investigator. Dr. Abdelguerfi had over $840k in additional funding added to his portfolio of existing grants last fiscal year. His grant "Recreational Off-Shore Landings Permit Information Management" is funded by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Mahdi also received an award for developing mobile applications that include fish tagging, Louisiana artificial fishing reefs and oyster maps. The volunteer marine sightings map would enable a network of citizen scientists to report sightings of species that are challenging to track. This particular research combines computer science with environmental science and aids Louisiana's reputation as a sportsman's paradise. Dr. Abdelguerfi has recently received funding from the Louisiana Board of Regents, the U.S. Navy and the Naval Research Laboratory. The department of Computer Science houses the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance (GNOCIA), which is a Louisiana Board of Regents approved research center.