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Faculty Corner: December 2019

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The United States Department of Energy is looking for students and faculty members to get involved in its mutually beneficial Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship and Visiting Faculty Program. Plus, nominations for the Kenan Award for Teaching are now open!

United States Department of Energy, Office of Science

The US Department of Energy, Office of Science is accepting applications for its Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) and for its Visiting Faculty Program (VFP).

SULI encourages undergraduate students to pursue STEM careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy laboratories. Selected students participate as interns and perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists and engineers on projects supporting the mission of the Department of Energy. SULI is accepting applications for the 2020 Summer Term until January 9, 2020, by 5:00 p.m.

VFP seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community. As part of the program, selected university/college faculty members collaborate with Department of Energy laboratory research staff on a research project of mutual interest. Faculty member participants may invite up to two students, one of which may be a graduate student, to participate in the research project.

Stellar Seidenberg Grant Awards

Two Seidenberg professors were recently awarded grants for their ongoing research. An expert in storage and operation systems, Seidenberg Assistant Professor Yun Juan, PhD, was awarded $43,000 from the National Science Foundation for her continued her research on a read/write optimized fractal tree file system. Additionally, Professor Li-Chiou Chen, PhD, was awarded a $229,989 grant over the course of the 2019–2020 year from the Department of Defense for Seidenberg’s ongoing Cyber Scholarship program, which emphasizes and enhances the University’s cybersecurity related programs and activities.

Kenan Award Nominations Now Open! 

Each year the University selects peer-nominated faculty members to receive the Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence in order to recognize exemplary teaching performance by full-time faculty. The Office of the Provost encourages you to participate in the process of selecting this year's Kenan Award recipients by nominating your colleagues, preferably, one from New York City and one from Westchester.

Full-time faculty members who meet the following criteria will be considered:

  • >> Unusual effectiveness in classroom performance;
  • >> Evidence of an outstanding degree of student understanding and concern;
  • >> Demonstrated high standards of intellectual interest; and
  • >> A continuing source of inspiration to their colleagues.

Nominations are invited from faculty, students, and administrators, and should include a one or two-page supporting statement indicating how the nominee meets the criteria.

Nominations may be submitted by emailing the Office of the Provost, with a copy to the appropriate Dean. They may also be mailed to the Office of the Provost in a sealed envelope/marked “Kenan Nominee” with a copy also sent to the Dean.

Please submit nominations by 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2020