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NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program

Proposals for FY98 are now being considered for the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. CAREER is a Foundation- wide activity that supports junior faculty within the context of their overall career development. It combines in a single program the support of research and education of the highest quality and in the broadest sense. The program emphasizes the importance that the NSF places on the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating the discovery process in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning.

Furthermore, beginning in 1997, the NSF will select up to 20 nominees from among the most meritorious first-year awardees supported by the CAREER program for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). PECASE awards recognize outstanding scientists and engineers show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of knowledge early in their careers. It is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.

The application deadline for the CAREER program is July 22, 1997, significantly earlier than last year's deadline. Those interested in applying may find additional information on the NSF home page or the Career Program Announcement.

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Editor: Barrett H. Ripin