College of Science and Mathematics honors externally funded researchers

KENNESAW, Ga. | Feb 23, 2024

The College of Science and Mathematics at Kennesaw State University honored 44 faculty members across all five departments who are conducting research and supporting student success initiatives with externally funded grants at a reception on Wednesday.

“The first reception we had last year for externally funded people, we had 27 funded faculty. Now it’s 44. That is progress,” stated Vishnu Supramaniam, interim dean of the College of Science and Mathematics and professor of biology.

Among the 44 faculty members, there were 81 grants totaling over $13.5 million in 2023. Several of the faculty held multiple grants from a variety of sponsors.

“I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to everyone,” said Dr. Karin Scarpinato, the vice president for research at KSU, as she spoke to the grantees. “Your achievement in securing external funding is truly remarkable. We all understand the challenges involved in obtaining funding, and it takes a great deal of determination to pursue and ultimately succeed in securing it.”

External sponsors include, but are not limited to, federal grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and state grants from the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Georgia Department of Economic Development, as well as other private external grants.

“Faculty in the College of Science and Math are doing a great job of increasing their success at grantsmanship. External funding is increasing the opportunities to support graduate students and build pathways to success for the next generation of researchers,” said Dr. Juliet Langman, dean of the Graduate College. “Currently roughly 25% of graduate student support comes from external sources; I look forward to this percentage increasing as grant funding overall increases.”

Below is a list of faculty members recognized at the 2023 Extramural Awards Reception.

Premila Achar, Ph.D.

Mahmoud Asmar, Ph.D.

John Barrows, Ph.D.

Bharat Baruah, Ph.D.

Mario Bretfeld, Ph.D.

Anton Bryantsev, Ph.D.

Anton Bryantsev, Ph.D.

Kadian Callahan, Ph.D.

Brandon Carpenter, Ph.D.

Carol Chrestensen, Ph.D.

Katie Christensen, Ph.D.

Christopher Cornelison, Ph.D.

Kimberly Cortes, Ph.D.

Chetan Dhital, Ph.D.

Kyle Gabriel, Ph.D.

Nicholas Green, Ph.D.

Melanie Griffin, Ph.D.

Sarah Guindre-Parker, Ph.D.

Jeremy Gulley, Ph.D.

Marco Guzzi, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Harrison, Ph.D.

Michelle Head, Ph.D.

Martin Hudson, Ph.D.

Paula Jackson, Ph.D.

Dongyu Jia, Ph.D.

David Joffe, Ph.D.

Martina Kaledin, Ph.D.

Nikolaos Kidonakis, Ph.D.

Dovid Kozlovsky, Ph.D.

Thomas Leeper, Ph.D.

Somayeh Mashayekhi, Ph.D.

Thomas McElroy, Ph.D.

Jonathan McMurry, Ph.D.

Kojo Mensa-Wilmot, Ph.D.

Daniel Morris, Ph.D.

Troy Mutchler, Ph.D.

Scott Nowak, Ph.D.

Andreas Papaefstathiou, Ph.D.

Todd Pierson, Ph.D.

Scott Reese, Ph.D.

Carl Saint-Louis, Ph.D.

Ben Sloop, Ph.D.

Michael Stollenz, Ph.D.

Vishnu Suppiramaniam, Ph.D.

Michael Van Dyke, Ph.D.

Jianming Wen, Ph.D.


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