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2024-25 Vilas Associates Competition awardees announced

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research has announced 24 faculty winners of the Vilas Associates Competition. The competition recognizes “new and ongoing research of the highest quality and significance.” Tenure-track assistant professors and tenured faculty within 20 years of their tenure date are eligible.

The award is funded by the William F. Vilas Estate Trust.

The 2024-25 winners and their departments are:

Christine Durrance, La Follette School

Morgan Edwards, La Follette School

Kassem Fawaz, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Martin Foys, English

Shawn C. Green, Psychology

Li-Ching Ho, Curriculum and Instruction

Quanyin Hu, Pharmaceutical Science

LaPorta, Jimena, Animal and Dairy Science

Jason Kawasaki, Materials Science and Engineering

Karola Kreitmair, Medical History and Bioethics

Ke Li, Medical Physics

William Likos, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Marissa Moorman, African Studies Program (International Division)

Jacqueline Mougoué, African Cultural Studies

Wenxiao Pan, Mechanical Engineering

Jennifer Pruitt, Art History

Tawandra Rowell-Cunsolo, Social Work

Eftychios Sifakis, Computer Science

Justin Sydnor, Risk & Insurance

Benedek Valko, Mathematics

Christina West, Art

Gloria Whiting, History

Thea Whitman, Soil Science

Grace Wilkinson, Integrative Biology

Recipients are chosen competitively by the divisional research committees based on a detailed proposal. Winners receive up to two-ninths of research salary support (including the associated fringe costs) for the summers of 2024 and 2025, as well as a $12,500 flexible research fund in each of the two fiscal years. Faculty paid on an annual basis are not eligible for the summer salary support but are eligible for the flexible fund portion of this award.


By Natasha Kassulke,