Early Career Investigator Awards

The SJSU Research Foundation Early Career Investigator Award recognizes tenure-track SJSU faculty who have excelled in areas of research, scholarship, and creative activity at an early or beginning point in their careers. In evaluating nominees for this award, consideration will be given to the nomminee's history of: 1) externally funded grant and contract activity; and 2) publications in top-ranked peer-reviewed journals, authorship of respected scholarly books, exhibits in renowned galleries, or other artistic endeavors. All nominees must document their scholarly and creative activity and the external funding received while at SJSU. 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 


Celebrating Our 2019 ECIA Winners

Kimberly Blisniuk
Department of Geology, College of Science

kim BlisniukKim Blisniuk’s research investigates and quantifies how landscapes evolve through time due to earthquakes and climate change. She is particularly interested in earthquakes that are preserved in the landscape along active faults because the rate at which a fault moves—how fast it moves over time—is proportional to the fault’s seismic hazard potential.

In 2019 Dr. Blisniuk received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, the organization’s most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty. This added to her remarkable track record of funded research grants and awards from organizations such as the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program and the Southern California Earthquake Center.

Yue "Wilson" Yuan
Department of Justice Studies, College of Health and Human Sciences

wilson yuanWilson Yuan’s research examines the origins of fear of crime and how individuals and communities react to criminal victimization in order to cope with its negative consequences, particularly in Asian and Latino immigrant communities. He explores whether an immigrant’s status is associated with victimization and how immigrants of different racial and ethnic groups mobilize formal and informal resources in response to crime.

Funded by a grant award from the National Institute of Justice, Dr. Yuan is launching an extensive mixed-methods city-level victimization study focused on the City of San José, California. A cross-sectional survey of local residents’ victimization experiences will be conducted, as will in-depth interviews with residents, police department officials, victim services providers, and members of community organizations.


Past ECIA Winners

Congratulations to all of our previous recipients.