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The Office of the Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Development is pleased to announce the award recipients who were recognized at the 2016-2017 Research Recognition Reception on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

This reception is an opportunity to recognize the most active researchers who are helping the University of Louisiana at Lafayette move forward as a nationally recognized research institution.

“Our researchers are pushing and redefining the frontiers of knowledge through the generation of external funding that we need to fuel our research and scholarly attributes, the mentorship of graduate and undergraduate students that is considered a lifeline for any modern research university and the transmission and application of research that benefit our society,” said Dr. Ramesh Kolluru, vice president for research, innovation and economic development.

Alongside Kolluru, President Joseph Savoie and Provost David Danahar presented the awards to the recipients.

The awards presented at the 2016-2017 Research Recognition Reception are:

Outstanding Achievement in Externally Funded Research

The University has recognized 8 people who had at least $500,000 in external funding in the last academic school year:

Mr. Robert Carmouche, Special Services
Dr. Francois Villinger, New Iberia Research Center
Ms. Kara Farmer-Primeaux, Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development
Ms. Jane Fontenot, New Iberia Research Center
Dr. Vijaya Gopu, Department of Civil Engineering
Dr. Michael Dunaway, College of Engineering
Dr. Vijay Raghavan, Ray P. Authement College of Sciences
Dr. Radhey Srivastava, Ray P. Authement College of Sciences

Research Excellence Awards

The Research Excellence Awards recognize people who have achieved exceptional scholarship in their field. They are nominated by the deans of their colleges who evaluated peer reviewed articles, citations, conference proceedings, books, grants, and honorific awards for the faculty in their colleges. This year, seven researchers were recognized with Research Excellence Awards:

Dr. Jeffrey L. George, College of the Arts
Dr. Colleen Wolverton, B.I Moody College of Business Administration
Dr. David Bellar, College of Education
Dr. Daniel Gang, College of Engineering
Dr. Mark Rees, College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Jennifer Lemoine, College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
Dr. Natalia A. Sidorovskaia, Ray P. Authement College of Sciences

Rising Star Awards

The Rising Star Awards recognize junior faculty members showing great promise in research, scholarship and mentorship. Each dean chose a person from his or her college to be recognized as a Rising Star. Seven people were recognized with Rising Star Awards:

Dr. Christopher Bennett, College of the Arts
Dr. Josh Bendickson, B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration
Dr. Michelle Haj-Broussard, College of Education
Dr. Yin Feng, College of Engineering
Dr. Yang Yang, College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Deedra Harrington, College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
Dr. Beth Stauffer, Ray P. Authement College of Sciences

Outstanding Doctoral Student Mentors

One mentor from each college was honored as an Outstanding Doctoral Student Mentor for exceptional productivity in the support of graduating doctoral students over the last year:

Dr. Richard Fossey, College of Education
Dr. Terrence Chambers, College of Engineering
Dr. Joanna Davis-McElligatt, College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Donna Gauthier, College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
Dr. Azmy S. Ackleh, Ray P. Authement College of Sciences

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentors

Eight people were recognized as Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentors for their continued commitment to providing undergraduate students with opportunities to perform research:

Mr. Hector LaSala, College of the Arts
Dr. Keith Credo, B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration
Dr. David Bellar, College of Education
Dr. Charles Taylor, College of Engineering
Dr. Brooke Breaux, College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Christy Lenahan, College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
Dr. Patricia Mire-Watson, Ray P. Authement College of Sciences
Dr. Jacquelene Robeck, Office of Academic Affairs

Innovator Award

The Innovator Award recognizes people who disclosed technology with the potential for economic success during the last year. Nine awards were presented to innovators who developed patents, secured funding and/or started new companies to develop their innovation.

Mr. William (Bill) Holmes, College of Engineering
Dr. Emmanuel Revellame, College of Engineering
Dr. Mohammad Madani, College of Engineering
Dr. Radhey Srivastava, Ray P. Authement College of Sciences
Dr. David Bellar, College of Education
Dr. Asadollah Hayatdavoudi, College of Engineering
Dr. Mohsen Amini Salehi, Ray P. Authement College of Sciences
Dr. Vijay Raghavan, Ray P. Authement College of Sciences
Dr. Joshua Vaughan, College of Engineering

Certificate of Achievement in Innovation

Fourteen more innovators, currently in the process of submitting patent applications, received a Certificate of Achievement in Innovation. The innovators receiving this certificate are from the College of Engineering and the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences.

Certificate of Achievement in Sponsored Research

The Certificate of Achievement in Sponsored Research was awarded to 34 people who had externally funding in the amount of $100,000-$500,000 during the 2016-2017 academic years.

Certificate of Appreciation for Service

A Certificate of Appreciation was also awarded to each member of the research compliance committees: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Institutional Biosafety Committee, Institutional Review Board and the Radiation Safety Committee. The 39 people on these committees are responsible for reviewing research proposals to ensure that the research performed by the University aligns with federal and state regulations and guidelines and keeps the researchers and community safe. We thank them for their tireless efforts!

We are pleased to have had the opportunity to recognize each of the recipients of our research awards, and we thank everyone who attended and made this event a success.

(Photo credit: Megan Bergeron/Megan B. Photography)

 

2016-2017 Research Recognition Reception

 

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