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09/21/92

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Nominations being accepted for NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowships

STANFORD -- The National Science Foundation has opened the competition period for the second year of its Presidential Faculty Fellows program.

The program, together with the NSF's Young Investigator award program, replaced the Presidential Young Investigators program in 1991.

Department chairs in the science and engineering departments are being asked to submit names of candidates to their associate deans by Oct. 5.

The Presidential Faculty Fellows award will consist of an annual grant of $100,000 for each of five years, and is targeted at junior faculty in their early years of tenure-track positions. Each institution is permitted two nomi nations.

Thirty young faculty members, 15 in science fields and 15 in engineering fields, are selected annually by the White House as Presidential Fellows. The awards are meant to recognize tenure-track faculty members who have demonstr ated an exceptionally high level of research and teaching competence, and who have the highest potential for leadership in academic pursuits. The financial support is intended to allow fellows to undertake self-designed, innovative res earch and teaching projects, to establish research and teaching programs, and to pursue other activities.

To be eligible, a Stanford nominee must be a member of the Academic Council who is, or will be, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as of Oct. 30, 1992; who received a doctorate or equivalent between Jan. 1, 1985 and Oct. 30, 1992; and who began his or her first tenure-track or equivalent position on or after Jan. 1, 1989, but no later than Oct. 30, 1992.

Candidates can be in any discipline of science or engineering, including research in the teaching and learning of science, mathematics, technology and engineering. (The National Science Foundation normally will not support biom edical research with disease-related goals; animal models and development or testing of drugs are not eligible.)

Current or former awardees of the Presidential Young Investigator and NSF Young Investigator programs are also eligible if they meet the other criteria.

With an Oct. 30 deadline for nominations, the dean of research has announced a three-step process intended to give Stanford's two nominees time to prepare the materials needed to accompany the university's nominating letters.

  • Nominations should be made by department chairs - no more than one per department - with a curriculum vitae; lists of honors, awards and recognitions; and a letter describing the candidate's qualifications and reasons he or s he should be regarded as distinguished in comparison with all other eligible junior faculty at Stanford.

Nominations should be submitted by Oct. 5 as follows: for the School of Humanities and Sciences, to Associate Dean Alexander Fetter; for the School of Earth Sciences, to Dean Gary Ernst; for the School of Engineering, to Associ ate Dean Charles Kruger; and for the School of Medicine, to Associate Dean Robert Cutler.

  • Those people will meet the following week with Dean of Research Robert Byer to make final selections.
  • By Oct. 30, the president or provost will submit the university's two nominations to the National Science Foundation.

For more information, contact the appropriate associate dean or Patricia Devaney, associate dean of research, at 723-3763.

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