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Bredesen Center Honors

NSF Graduate Fellowship recipients Mallory Ladd, Kemper Talley, and Jayde Aufrecht (not pictured: David Garcia). Image courtesty of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy.

National Recognition

The Bredesen Center is home to 13 national fellowship recipients. These prestigious awards have been granted to graduate students by the following programs:

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation and International Safeguards Fellowship
  • Nuclear Energy University Program Fellowship
  • Nuclear Forensics Graduate Fellowship
  • Hydro Research Foundation Fellowship
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program

 


Bredesen Center Honors Day

Each spring The Bredesen Center honors graduate students for outstanding achievement in Research, Entrepreneurship, and Policy. We are proud to honor these diverse contributions in research, education, and outreach.

Research Awards

First Authorship Award: presented to the student with the most journal articles published as 1st author since joining the Bredesen Center

2017 recipient: Eric Muckley

 

Hit the Ground Running Award: presented to the student with the most journal articles published since joining the Bredesen Center

2017 recipient: Luis Stand

 

First Step Award: presented to students who have published their first 1st authorship paper during the past year

Seong-Jin An, Tony Bova, Patrick Caveney, Victoria DiStefano, Kassie Ernst, Michelle Halsted, Edward Jones, Vidya Kishore, Andrew Lepore, Kate Manz, Ben Mohr, Eric Muckley, Akinola Oyedele, Naren Raghavan, Holly Ray, Missy ShowersNiyanth Sridharan, Luis Stand

 

The Derek Austin High Impact Award: presented to the student published as first author in the highest impact journal during the past year

2017 recipient: Yunchao Li

 

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Derek Austin and PhD advisor, Dr. Mike Simpson.

Much like the Bredesen Center students of today, Dr. Derek Austin received his Ph.D. from UTK in 2006 after performing his research work at ORNL in Mike Simpson’s group.  Derek was a pioneer of the prominent noise biology work to come out of this group — work that continues on today.  Derek’s crowning research achievement resulted in a paper published in Nature that he first authored.  Derek blazed a path that serves as example of the core values of the Bredesen Center.  He performed cutting edge interdisciplinary research that was published in top journals, but he also made entrepreneurship a part of his legacy by participating in the formation of two successful start-up companies. Although Derek ultimately lost his courageous battle against pancreatic cancer, his example lives on within the Bredesen Center.  The Derek Austin High Impact Award honors the Bredesen Center students that follow Derek’s example and publish their research results in prominent scientific journals.


 Entrepreneurship Award

2017 recipient: Rob Moseley

In recognition of his successful win of a Phase 2 TIP Project at ORNL and a Boyd Venture Challenge prize to further his company, SimPath, we are pleased to award Rob the entrepreneurship certificate.


Policy Award

2017 recipient: Guinevere Shaw

In recognition of this student’s participation in activities including:

  • Mentoring students in Lee’s class on policy projects
  • Bringing the first US State Department Diplomacy Lab projects to the Bredesen Center
  • Being a student representative on the UT Committee on the Campus Environment
  • And persistently impelling additions and improvements to the policy components of the Bredesen Center

We are pleased to award Guin the policy certificate.


Outreach Award

2017 recipient: Jessica Velez

In recognition of this student’s participation in activities including:

  • Fellowship: GEM Fellowship
  • Outreach: Ask-A-Scientist

We are pleased to award Jessica the outreach certificate.


Service Award

2017 recipient: Nannan Jiang

In appreciation of this student’s participation in activities including:

  • Internship: EAPSI (NSF) Summer Fellowship in China – 2016
  • Outreach: UT Library’s BOSS weekend, Eastern Collegiate Division meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science, Ask-A-Scientist relaunch, Alan Alda Workshop, School Outreach and the leadership responsibilities they have taken on.
  • Leadership roles: FOSEP officer, Ask-A-Scientist officer, Education Outreach Coordinator Executive committee for the Oak Ridge Postgraduate Association

We are pleased to recognize Nannan with the service certificate for his multidisciplinary example.

Research Awards

First Authorship Award: presented to the student with the most journal articles published as 1st author

2016 recipient: Alan Pezeshki

2015 recipient: Ernesto Zuleta


Hit the Ground Running Award: presented to the student with the most journal articles published since joining the Bredesen Center

2016 recipient: Yunchao Li

2015 recipient: Anthony Gianfrancesco


First Step Award: presented to students who have published their first 1st authorship paper during the past year

2016 recipients: Sam Akato, Jay Billings, Emily Clark, Chris Hartnett, Jake Houser, Alex Lewis, Yunchao Li, Beth Papanek, Alan Pezeshki, Kyle Sander, Peter Shankles

2015 recipients: Robbie Brese, Mary Alice Cusentino, Zach Langford, Meng Li, Kun Lou, Liz Norred, Guin Shaw, Adam Thompson, Humaira Taz, Jennifer Trumbo, Tracey Wellington, and Debbie Weighill


The Derek Austin High Impact Award: presented to the student that has published a paper as first author in the highest impact journal

2016 recipients: Beth Papanek and Adam Thompson

2015 recipient: Meng Li


Entrepreneurship Awards

2016 recipients:

2015 recipients:


Policy Awards

2016 recipient:

  • Justin Knowles for his leadership on various Bredesen Center projects related to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

2015 recipients:

  • Justin Knowles received ANS Student Conference Awards for Commendation of Service and Best Graduate Presentation in Detection / Measurement
  • Justin Knowles 2015 recipient of the ANS Distinguished Service Award
  • Mallory Ladd for her work with The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC
  • Tracey Wellington for her work with the U.S. Department of Energy Scholars Program

Outreach Awards

2016 recipient: Not awarded

2015 recipients:

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