Early Career Investigator Awards

Call for 2022 Early Career Investigator Award Nominations

The San José State University Research Foundation is pleased to announce a call for the 2022 Early Career Investigator Awards (ECIA). Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on January 27, 2023.

The SJSU Research Foundation Early Career Investigator Award recognizes tenure-track SJSU faculty who have excelled in areas of research, scholarship, and creative activity during their probationary period at SJSU.

To nominate, please complete the SJSU Research Foundation Early Career Investigator Award Nomination Form. Nominees should provide documentation of their externally funded grant and contract activity and of their publications in top-ranked peer-reviewed journals, authorship of respected scholarly books, exhibits in renowned galleries, or other artistic endeavors. 

To ensure the broadest participation possible from all academic units, two award categories have been created. One awardee will be selected from each category. 

Category 1

Considers faculty member in the following colleges:

  • Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering
  • College of Science

Category 2

Considers faculty member in the following colleges:

  • Lucas College and Graduate School of Business
  • Connie L. Lurie College of Education
  • College of Health and Human Sciences
  • College of Professional and Global Education
  • College of Humanities and the Arts
  • College of Social Sciences
  • SJSU Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library 

 Each award recipient receives a commemorative trophy and a cash award of $5,000.


ECIA Nomination Process 


2021 ECIA Winners
Madalyn Radlauer — College of Science

Rhonda Holberton — College of Humanities and the Arts

Madalyn Radlauer and Rhonda Holberton       Dr. Madalyn Radlauer (left) and Prof. Rhonda Holberton (right)

Dr. Radlauer joined the College of Science in the Department of Chemistry as assistant professor in 2017, where she developed a research program focusing on organometallic and inorganic catalysis with synthetic macromolecular structures, essentially attempting enzyme catalysis without the enzyme. She has received funding for her work through external and internal funding mechanisms including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health | National Institute of Medical Sciences, California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology, and SJSU Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity awards.

Professor Holberton joined the College of Humanities and the Arts in the Department of Digital Media Art as assistant professor in 2017. Her research involves both the studio practice of "making" as an artist, and collaborative projects involving other artists, engineers, writers, and scholars that continually redefine the limits of artistic production and interdisciplinary collaboration. She has exhibited her work in prestigious venues in Melbourne, Australia, and participated in a competitive collaboration opportunity with the Embassy of Switzerland here in the United States. Professor Holberton has received funding for her interdisciplinary work from the Knight Foundation and from the National Endowment for the Arts.   


Past ECIA Winners

Congratulations to all of our previous recipients.