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Associate Professor Kristen Grauman is one of 26 winners selected by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) as a 2012 Young Investigator Award recipient. From a diverse pool of more than 350 candidates of university and college faculty who have attained tenure-track positioning the past five years, 26 winners were selected. ONR YIP awardees are selected based upon the merit of their research and potential contributions for game-changing advances for the Navy and Marine Corps.

The recipients represent 19 academic institutions across the country in disciplines varying from nanomaterials, robotics and marine meteorology to undersea medicine, learning behaviors and psychology. Over a three-year period, each winner receives an annual monetary award for research efforts that have the potential to advance naval technology.

About the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program

The Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program is one of the oldest and most selective scientific research advancement programs in the country. Its purpose is to fund early-career academic researchers—called investigators—whose scientific pursuits show exceptional promise for supporting the Navy and Marine Corps while also promoting their professional development.

“The Department of the Navy’s support of these outstanding research scientists is one of the ways we will maintain our technological advantage for the Navy and Marine Corps and our nation,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. “The Young Investigator Program rewards these emerging leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields."

The YIP began in 1985 when ONR selected 10 winners and awarded them $50,000 per year for three years. Since then, the program has grown steadily to include a total of 579 recipients who represent 120 institutions of higher education.

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