The CAREER award offers generous support of a minimum of $400,000 for its 5-year duration. Applicants must outline a program of research that will build a foundation for a lifetime of research and education contributions. CAREER winners are eligible to be nominated by NSF for the Presidential Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which is the highest honor bestowed by the US government to early-career scientists.





Assistant Professor Jeremy Manning was selected for a National Science Foundation Career Award. The NSF grant will provide funding for the next five years to support his lab's research using natural language processing and geometric models to study and enhance classroom learning. 

To find out more about the Contextual Dynamics Lab's project, read the award-winning abstract  "Mapping and enhancing the acquisition of conceptual knowledge using behavior, neural signals, and natural language processing models."


Bo Zhu -- Computer Science


Bo Zhu

CS Assistant Professor Bo Zhu has received two major awards from the National Science Foundation in support of his research—the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award and a Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) grant. Both projects apply fluid simulation techniques to model and understand fluids and how they transform and flow in widely different settings. 

For the work outlined in his CAREER proposal, Zhu will train his tools on the timely and pressing study of disease transmission. Every pathogen must survive its transmission by suspending in a specific form of fluid. These fluid forms can be bulk liquids, thin sheets, filaments, bubbles, foams, droplets, and aerosols, all of which exhibit complex shapes and dynamics. 


Deeparnab Chakrabarty -- Computer Science


Deeparnab Chakrabarty

CS Professor Deeparnab Chakrabarty has received an NSF CAREER Award, which is "the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization."

Deeparnab works on the theoretical analysis and design of algorithms. The goal of the project funded by the award is to use and enhance techniques from mathematical optimization to tackle new algorithmic challenges arising from modern computational challenges. For more information, please check here.

Congratulations DeepC!

CAREER Award Recipients 2020

Alireza Soltani -- PBS



Assistant Professor, Alireza Soltani has been awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.  This prestigious award honors faculty who "have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization."   

The NSF grant will provide funding for the next five years to support Dr. Soltani's research on the Role of Attention in Reward Learning.  To find out more, read his award-winning abstract here

CAREER Award Recipients 2020

Laura McPherson -- Linguistics


Laura McPherson

Congratulations to Laura McPherson, Assistant Professor in the Linguistics program, who has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER grant. Her project is titled "Phonetic and Phonological Structure in Musical Surrogate Languages." During this five-and-a-half year grant, Prof. McPherson and her team will conduct field research in multiple sites: Ghana, Liberia, Cameroon, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Thailand, and Burkina Faso. More details here >>

NSF CAREER 2020 Recipients

Katherine Mirica -- Chemistry


Katharine Mirica

Professor Katherine Mirica and her group at Dartmouth College are developing materials and devices to enable portable, low-power detection of industrially and biologically important gases – "wearable sensors." Conceptual and technological advances emerging from this work may be applicable to designs of smart bandages, smart sutures, and stimuli-responsive personal protective equipment. In parallel with these efforts, Professor Mirica is also working to build public awareness of chemical sensing and to improve recruitment, education, and retention of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in analytical and materials chemistry. Workforce development efforts include a hands-on "Research Scientist for a Day Workshop" for high-school students and provision of research internships for students underrepresented in chemistry, including economically disadvantaged students. Visit the Mirica group >>

CAREER Award Recipients 2019

Luke Chang -- PBS


Luke Chang

Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Luke Chang's award proposal focuses on the neural and computational basis of guilt in decision making. "This grant will help us develop computational models of the psychological and neural processes that give rise to emotions such as guilt that occur in the context of social interactions," says Chang. More here >>


NSF CAREER Recipients 2019

Wojciech Jarosz -- Computer Science


Wojciech Jarosz

Wojciech's research tackles problems in computer graphics concerned with capturing, simulating, manipulating, and physically realizing how light interacts with its environment. A core part of his research is developing more efficient ways to simulate the physics of light and how it bounces around in the world, with the goal of creating photorealistic computer-generated images. This becomes especially challenging in complex scenes consisting of not only solid objects but also materials like fog, clouds, or our own skin, each of which scatter light volumetrically in all three dimensions. This research draws on fields as disparate as nuclear engineering, atmospheric sciences, and art. Leading a team at Dartmouth's Visual Computing Lab, and previously at Disney Research, Wojciech's research has been incorporated into production rendering systems and has directly contributed to the rapid increase in visual complexity and realism in animated films and special effects in the last decade. Read more here >>

NSF CAREER Recipients 2019

Chenfeng Ke -- Chemistry


chenfeng ke career award

A material under development in a Dartmouth lab looks like a diamond and acts like a sponge. It is the result of Assistant Professor of Chemistry Chenfeng Ke's research, and it has attracted the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF), which named Ke the winner of a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. Read more >>

NSF CAREER Recipient 2019

Matthijs van der Meer -- PBS


Matthijs van der Meer

Assistant Professor Matthijs van der Meer's work will provide new insights into the mystery of how the brain organizes experience to build knowledge structures and then draws upon that knowledge to support adaptive behavior. Accessing replay content, and many other questions in systems neuroscience, rely crucially on statistics and computational models, which are barriers to entry for many otherwise talented young neuroscientists. This project provides a multi-pronged training environment for quantitative skills in neuroscience, with activities ranging from short, visually driven introductory workshops aimed at demystifying terminology, to fully immersive research experiences at summer schools and in the laboratory. The project plans include making all materials, including videos and hands-on tutorials working with real neural data, publicly available online.

NSF CAREER Recipients 2019

Jonathan Winter -- Geography


Jonathan Winter NSF CAREER

Assistant Professor of Geography Jonathan Winter has won a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, which recognizes junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher and researcher and who have the ability to integrate the two.
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