The beginning of November brings; Two UT physics students win SCGSR awards; Nuclear engineering professor becomes the first from UT to join IAA; Chemistry professor wins the FYCA Faculty Lead Award; UT AgResearch employee wins the 2020 Director’s Award for Outstanding Professional Service; MABE student receives prestigious Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship; Pschology student receives the American Psychological Association IMFP award.
Trevor Keen and Kavish Imam, graduate students in the Department of Physics, are the most recent winners of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award. The SCGSR program prepares graduate students for careers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics that align with the Department of Energy’s mission. Students who win funding through the program have thesis research opportunities working with scientists at DOE national laboratories. Both Keen and Imam will be working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Chancellor’s Professor and Robert M. Condra Professor Emeritus Lawrence Townsend was recently inducted into the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), joining 1,200 active members in 88 countries. He is the first person from UT to gain acceptance into the prestigious organization, which encourages international scientific cooperation in the areas of space sciences, space life sciences, space technology and system development, space systems operations and utilization, space policy, law and economy, space and society, and culture and education.
Department of Chemistry’s, Christiane Barnes, has received a Faculty Lead Award for the work she did for the development of First Year Course Academy (FYCA). The FYCA provides resources, tools, and information to help UT-Knoxville instructors make a difference for their students. FYCA is a new initiative to equip instructors of these courses with best practices for engaging with first-year students in online, hybrid, and hyflex courses.
University of Tennessee AgResearch presented the 2020 Director’s Award for Outstanding Professional Service to Dalton McCurley of the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson. The award honors the UT AgResearch employee who exhibits outstanding support service. McCurley, a resident of Milan, Tennessee, is a research associate who supports the University’s Cotton Agronomy Research Program.
Jeffrey Martell, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering, has received a Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship, being one of only 200 students out of 6,333 applicants to receive the prestigious honor. Of the recipients, only 28 are aerospace engineering majors. The scholarship provides Martell with $10,000 every year that he remains in school, giving him the freedom to pursue other interests on campus.
The American Psychological Association Interdisciplinary Minority Fellowship Program (IMFP) awarded LaTrice Wright a $23,000 fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year. Wright, a counseling graduate student who works with Jioni Lewis and Kirsten Gonzalez, will receive training and support in working with community-based ethnic and racial minority populations as part of this fellowship.