Thirteen early-career faculty visited DC as members of the 2015 Research Academy, which is run by the Office of Research within Urbana's College of ACES. The assistant professors began their visit by meeting with OGR and Lewis-Burke Associates to learn about the federal budget landscape and agency priorities. They spent the next few days sharing their research interests with program officers at various federal agencies, including USDA, NSF, and NIH.
The group was led by the director of the academy, Elvira de Mejia, as well as Kathy Partlow, and Prasanta Kalita. The Research Academy members included: Rabin Bhattarai, Maria Chu, Todd Kuethe, Andrew Steelman, Alex Lipka, Cameron Pittelkow, Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, Tara Powell, Kate Wegmann, Rosalba Hernandez, Elizabeth Driskell, Fabio Lima, and Igor Canisso.