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NSF Press Release


NSF PR 00-24 - April 14, 2000

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NSF Honors 350 Junior Faculty Members with 1999 CAREER Awards

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is honoring some 350 outstanding junior faculty members in science and engineering nationwide with the 1999 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards.

The CAREER award is NSF's most prestigious honor for junior faculty members. Awards for 1999 range in amount from $200,000 to $500,000, and in duration from four to five years.

"CAREER awards support exceptionally promising college and university junior faculty who are committed to the integration of research and education," says NSF Director Rita Colwell. "We recognize these faculty members, new in their careers, as most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st Century."

NSF established the CAREER program in 1995 to help top-performing scientists and engineers early in their careers to develop simultaneously their contributions and commitment to research and to education.

CAREER awardees may become eligible to receive the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the White House's highest honor for scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers. Nearly 1,400 total CAREER and PECASE awards have been given to date.


For a list of individual awardees, see:

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