NSF Career Awards in Physics

  • Professor Andrea Markelz has received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (2003 - 2009) from the National Science Foundation to develop a technique for measuring the elasticity ("bounciness") of biomolecules (such as proteins) using ultrafast optical methods. 
  • Professor John Cerne has received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award (2005 - 2010) to probe the fundamental behavior of "strange metals," including materials related to high-temperature superconductors, as well as magnetic semiconductors. 
  • Professor Doreen Wackeroth has received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award (2006 - 2011) to study higher order effects in quantum field theory (radiative corrections), and to improve theoretical predictions within the Standard Model and its supersymmetric extensions. 
  • Professor Igor Zutic has received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award (2006 - 2011) and a three-year grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research for theoretical studies of spin transport and spintronic devices. 
  • Professor Hao Zeng has received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award (2006 - 2011) for studying nanoscale materials and devices, and to educate students in the interdisciplinary fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. 
  • Professor Sambandamurthy Ganapathy has received the prestigious National Science Foundation's CAREER award (2009-2014) to explore the novel transport properties of superconducting nanodevices near quantum critical points. 
  • Professor Peihong Zhang has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award (2010-2015) for the project entitled "CAREER: Excited States Properties of Semiconductors and Nanostructures – Methodology Developments, Practical Applications, and Education." The goals of the proposed projects are to develop a theoretical framework that enables accurate and efficient calculations of quasiparticle and optical properties of solids, and to promote physics education. 
  • Professor Wenjun Zheng has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award (2010-2015) for the project entitled "CAREER: Multiscale Structural and Dynamic Modeling of Kinesin-Microtubule Motor System."
  • Professor Ciaran Williams has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award (2017-2022) for the project entitled "Exquisite Calculations for Colliders".