New DOE Award for University of Alabama

Congrats to the University of Alabama for being awarded a DOE EPSCoR award in the amount of $300,000 dollars! This will go to support research in Grid Decarbonizing Solar Tech. UA specifically will be focusing on Low-Cost, Highly Efficient and Fast Thermally Pressed Scalable Carbon-Based Planar Perovskite Solar Cells. To learn more about the DOE Awards please visit: 

Our 2021 ACHE Report is Out!

Take a look at our 2021 ACHE Report. Here you can get a overview of all of the work ALEPSCoR and its partners have accomplished over the past year!

You can find the report and plenty of other resources in our resource tab !

Syed Salman Ahmed GRSP research on nanoparticles to reduce friction and corrosion (1)1200 x 616

ALEPSCoR Announces Round 16 Awardees

In May of 2021, the Alabama EPSCoR Steering Committee met virtually to decide the new awardees for the round 16 Graduate Research Scholars Program!

Round Sixteen had 73 applications, 36 were awarded. Funding for the nineteen renewing and seventeen new awardees will begin in the fall semester of 2021. These recipients are conducting research funded by EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research)
programs at the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. Of the thirtyeight students, thirty-four (34) are pursuing a PhD while two (2) are working towards a Master’s. Students are
selected competitively by a team consisting of one campus coordinator from each of the PhD granting institutions in the ALEPSCoR Program. Renewals are granted each year subject to satisfactory progress in a given year and available funding. The goal of the ALEPSCoR GRSP is to invest in Alabama universities to expand research output and attract eminent senior faculty and quality graduate
students. The program’s objective is to provide a highly trained workforce to fuel the growth of high technology companies in Alabama.

Let’s congratulate the 36 Awardees!

First Name Last Name
Adam Pfiefle
Amber Kinnebrew
Andricus Burton
Ayodeji Ipinmoroti
Azizi Turner
Bibek Dhami
Brennetta Crenshaw
Erin-Nicole Scott
Guimu Guo
Irene Sanchez-Gonzalez
Jeffrey DeMeis
Jialing Shen
John Schoelz
Jon Hastings
Jubaer Alam
Kallol Chakrabarty
Lam Duong
Larissa Lagria
Lyndon Smith
Md Raquibuzzaman
Md Raiful Hasan
Mersaydes Goodson
Muntaseer Bunian
Nabil Hoque
Palwai Sharvare
Pavithra Srinivas
Polina Bombina
Richard Harry
Sajid Ahmed
Shelby Critcher
Sungyoon Kim
Suresh Thapa
Taiaba Afrin
Tanzeela Mitha
Wenqi Cao
William Oswald

Learn more about the GRSP Program here.

$750,000 DOE EPSCoR Grant Goes to…

A principal research scientist in The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR) has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) for low temperature plasma (LTP). This scientist is Dr. Vladimir Kolobov who has been a co-director of the National Science Foundation EPSCoR project “CPU2AL: Connecting the Plasma Universe to Plasma Technology in Alabama,” which is led by Dr. Gary Zank, CSPAR director and the Aerojet Rocketdyne chair of the UAH Department of Space Science.

Please check out the University of Alabama at Huntsville’s amazing article on their work…

Scholarship Announcement!

Scholarship and Free Conference Information! (Not ALEPSCoR related)

This year’s Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) annual conference will be a virtual event on October 26, 2019 – October 28, 2020 

SEAFWA’s []Minorities in Natural Resources Conservation subcommittee (MINRC) invites interested female and minority college students pursuing a career in conservation to apply for MINRC scholarships to attend this year’s SEAFWA Conference for free. Scholarship winners will participate in the MINRC Student Workshop which introduces soft skills such as networking, elevator speeches, resume writing, etc. Students will also participate in a Careers in Conservation panel and an agency round table where they will gain insight on employment opportunities and network with professionals from SEAFWA’s sixteen member states, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and attending federal agencies.


ALEPSCOR Gives Presentation at EDAA

In January 2020, Alabama EPSCoR participated in the January 2020 Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) meeting to give a presentation on “University Research as an Economic Driver”. Presenters included:  Dr. Chris Lawson, Alabama EPSCoR, Dr. Mike Chambers,  Associate Vice President of Research as the University of South Alabama; Dr. Karim Budhwani,  CEO of CerFlux and former GRSP recipient; Dr. Steve Pelham, Associate Vice President for Economic Development, Auburn University. We also had a booth to demonstrate our updated research capability map!

DEPSCOR Grant Announced!

New DEPSCOR Grant Announcement! Check it out!

For the fiscal year 2020, Defense Epscor has announced the eligibility list and available awards! Click the link to get more information! 

“As part of the FY20 defense appropriations bill, Congress tasked the Basic Research Office with managing the Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR). DEPSCoR is a capacity building program that is designed to strengthen the research infrastructure at institutions of higher education in underutilized States/Territories. In order to achieve its congressional mandate, the Basic Research Office developed three major thrusts for DEPSCoR – 1) augment funding to an existing tri-Service program, 2) solicit applications for a stand-alone collaborative competition, and 3) outreach meetings.”

DOE Kickoff

On January 9th, ALEPSCoR came out to witness the Department of Energy Kickoff! It was an amazing experience to see students and faculty come together and collaborate on ideas to better the world!

The agenda consisted of project discussions as well as poster sessions to hear from the students directly about the work and research they’ve been doing.

Karolina Mukhtar with Kelvin Droegemeier (White House Office of Science and Tech Policy) PECASE Award (2)

Dr. Karolina Mukhtar Receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Dr. Karolina Mukhtar, Associate Professor in the UAB Department of Biology was recognized as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in July 2019.  PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.