Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria:  1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of NSF, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation’s future.

Award/Prize amount: $500,000
Application/Nomination information: Nominations are not accepted. See website for more information.
Agency deadline: Unavailable
Internal/Campus deadline: N/A
Illinois campus contact:
Additional information: NSF Website

Illinois Recipients

Recipient DepartmentAward Year
Gaurav BahlMechanical Science and Engineering2019
Pinshane HuangMaterials Science and Engineering2019
Prashant JainChemistry2019
Daniel LlanoMolecular & Integrative Physiology2019
Julia SheltonPhysics2019
Kelly StephaniMechanical Science and Engineering2019
Randy EwoldtMechanical Science and Engineering2017
Lane MartinMaterials Science and Engineering2013
Lynford GoddardElectrical and Computer Engineering2010
Tonghun LeeMechanical Science and Engineering2010
Ioannis ChasiotisEngineering2008
Benjamin McCallMathematical & Physical Sciences2006
Carlos Pantano-RubinoMechanical Science and Engineering2006
ChengXiang ZhaiComputer and Information Science and Engineering2004
Carla CaceresBiological Sciences2003
Harry DankowiczEngineering2003
Charles GammieMathematical & Physical Sciences2001
Youssef HashashCivil Engineering2000
Venugopal VeeravalliComputer and Information Science and Engineering1998