A high bar for research excellence

NSF Awards to early-career faculty set a high bar for research excellence

"Every great city has a great research university." Most of my colleagues have heard me say this a time or two. This certainly is true of the Charlotte region — and UNC Charlotte. Driving this home are the members of our faculty recognized recently for their promise with Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards from the National Science Foundation.

These recent NSF CAREER awards (among several others at the University in various stages) reflect UNC Charlotte’s ability to attract and retain top talent, which bodes well not only for the experience of the undergraduate and graduate students these outstanding faculty members teach — but for the people of the city, region and nation who benefit from the impact of their research and discoveries.

Research that has applications to the lives of people and the health of communities will continue to propel North Carolina’s urban research university. As external funding for research and related activity climbs and surpasses last year’s total of $52 million as projected, our exceptional faculty will be pivotal to our success. Undoubtedly, their work exemplifies our mission to address the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. 

Read more: Early-career researchers help drive UNC Charlotte’s reputation

Five UNC Charlotte faculty joined the ranks of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award recipients.