IRIS is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 IRIS Researcher Awards, including researchers from Virginia Tech and Cornell University.

Dr. Ran Xu, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Grado Department of Industrial and System Engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, was awarded the Early Career Award for his project “How Funding Facilitates Interdisciplinary Research for Early Career Scientists: Evidence from Neuroscience Research.” With his collaborators Navid Ghaffarzadegan (Virginia Tech) and Joshua Hawley (The Ohio State University), Dr. Xu plans to use IRIS UMETRICS data to investigate both the types of funding and the other mechanisms through which interdisciplinary dissertations are supported, using neuroscience as a particular case study.

Dr. Kevin Kniffin, Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in the S. C. Johnson College of Business at Cornell University was awarded the Established Researcher Award for his project “Antecedents and Consequences of Sponsored Teaming among STEM Doctoral Graduates.” Dr. Kniffin and his collaborator Dr. Andrew Hanks (The Ohio State University) have significant experience working with NCES data and will be using IRIS UMETRICS data to support their research on team structure and productivity.

We at IRIS are excited to provide awards to support this research and look forward to the resulting work. Our award recipient bios and project abstracts are available on the IRIS website here: