Early Career Investigator Awards

Associate Professor Rachael French from the Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science, and Assistant Professor Miranda Worthen from the Department of Health Sciences & Recreation, College of Applied Sciences & Arts, have been chosen to receive the Early Career Investigator Award for 2016. Their selection has been made at the recommendation of the Early Career Investigator Subcommittee consisting of SJSU Research Foundation Board members and SJSU faculty. They will be honored at the annual Celebration of Research, taking place on February 16, 2017, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Student Union ballroom. The event is open to the SJSU campus community.

The SJSU Research Foundation Early Career Investigator Awards recognize tenure-track SJSU faculty who have excelled in areas of research, scholarship or creative activity as evidenced by their success in securing funds for research, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and carrying out other important scholarly and creative activities at an early or beginning point in their careers at SJSU. One award goes to a faculty member in the Colleges of Science or Engineering, and another is made to a faculty member from all other colleges. Each winner receives a cash award of $1,000 to be used at their discretion.

Rachael French has been awarded in excess of $1.2 million in external research funding, either as a PI or Co-PI. Using the common fruit fly (Drosophila) as a research model, her lab seeks to identify the neurodevelopmental pathways that are altered by exposure to alcohol during development, and the genes underlying those pathways. Understanding these pathways may lead to future therapeutics to treat fetal alcohol syndrome. Dr. French mentors both undergraduate and graduate students, and students from her lab have achieved exceptional levels of success, winning awards for outstanding presentations and going on to promising academic careers of their own.

Miranda Worthen’s research examines the psychosocial experiences of vulnerable populations that have undergone high levels of trauma, with an emphasis on those who have participated in armed forces or have been impacted by exposure to war. Her publication track record is lengthy and impressive, with many of her articles having been published in high impact factor journals. Dr. Worthen has been awarded external funding for her work with the Native American Health Center on suicide prevention and youth empowerment and on tobacco use reduction among urban Native youth. She presents frequently at conferences throughout the United States and in Europe.

Past Winners

Aaron Romanowsky, 2015
Department of Physics & Astronomy, College of Science

Virginia San Fratello, 2015
Department of Design, College of Humanities & the Arts

Scott Hamilton, 2014
Moss Landing Marine Labs, College of Science

Matthew Holian, 2014
Department of Economics, College of Social Sciences

Camille Johnson, 2013
Department of Organization & Management, College of Business

Juneseok Lee, 2013
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering

Lionel Cheruzel, 2012
Department of Chemistry, College of Science

Lili Luo, 2012
School of Library & Information Science, College of Applied Sciences and Arts

Ivano Aiello, 2011
Moss Landing Marine Labs, College of Science

Marjorie Freedman, 2011
Department of Nutrition, Food Science & Packaging, College of Applied Sciences and Arts

Craig Clements, 2010
Department of Meteorology and Climate Science, College of Science

Amy D’Andrade, 2010
School of Social Work, College of Applied Sciences and Arts

Susan Lambrecht, 2009
Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science

Danelle Moon, 2009
Director of Special Collections and Archives, University Library

Daryl Eggers, 2008
Department of Chemistry, College of Science

Sadhna Diwan, 2007
School of Social Work, College of Applied Sciences and Arts

Gilles Muller, 2007
Department of Chemistry, College of Science

John Clapp, 2006
Animation/Illustration Department, School of Art & Design

John Lee, 2006
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department, College of Engineering

Michael Graham, 2005
Moss Landing Marine Labs, College of Science

Jennifer Madigan, 2005
Department of Special Education, College of Education