Internal Awards

Goodnight Early Career Innovators Award

The Goodnight Early Career Innovators Award, established in 2021, supports early career faculty excellence and promotes retention of tenure-track assistant professors whose scholarship is in STEM or STEM education.

Recognizing Early Career Excellence

The Provost’s Office oversees the Goodnight Early Career Innovators Award program, which was established in 2021. The program recognizes and rewards tenure-track assistant professors who demonstrate early productivity in STEM or STEM education research and innovation.

Approximately 25 awards will be made each year for the next three years. Faculty members selected as Goodnight Early Career Innovators receive $22,000 annually for three years to support their scholarship and research endeavors.

Selected Innovators

Since the Goodnight Early Career Innovators Award program began in 2021, 24 faculty have received this honor. Here’s the most recent class of innovators.

  • Milad Abolhasani, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering
  • Veronica Augustyn, assistant professor of materials science and engineering
  • Ashley Brown, assistant professor of biomedical engineering
  • Benjamin Callahan, assistant professor of population health and pathobiology
  • Ericka Ford, assistant professor of textile engineering, chemistry and science
  • Donald Freytes, assistant professor of biomedical engineering
  • Liara Gonzalez, assistant professor of clinical sciences
  • Khara Grieger, assistant professor of applied ecology
  • Ricardo Hernández, assistant professor of horticultural science
  • Anders Huseth, assistant professor of entomology and plant pathology
  • Tobias Kaeser, assistant professor of population health and pathobiology
  • Manuel Kleiner, assistant professor of plant and microbial biology
  • Arun Kota, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering
  • Erin Krupa, assistant professor of STEM education
  • Katie Mack, assistant professor of physics
  • Kurt Marsden, assistant professor of biological sciences
  • Stefano Menegatti, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering
  • Natalie Nelson, assistant professor of biological and agricultural engineering
  • Kathryn Stevenson, assistant professor of parks, recreation and tourism management
  • Thomas Theis, assistant professor of chemistry
  • Jack Wang, assistant professor of forestry and environmental resources
  • Xu Xu, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering
  • Ge Yang, assistant professor of nuclear engineering
  • Shu Yang, assistant professor of statistics