MEDIA, Pa. — Megan Povelones, assistant professor of biology at Penn State Brandywine, has been named recipient of the distinguished National Science Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
According to the foundation’s website, the CAREER program offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of the early career development activities of teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.
“This highly competitive award is an exceptional achievement,” said Cynthia Lightfoot, director of academic affairs at Penn State Brandywine. “It identifies Megan as one of the most promising young teacher-scholars in the nation.”
The five-year grant will allow Povelones to expand her current research on the structure and function of mitochondria.
“It was fun to think broadly for this award,” Povelones said. “Most grants are for two or three years, so a five-year grant really allows you to think big. It was challenging to think on that scale, but also exciting.”
For her research, Povelones uses Trypanosoma brucei, a single-celled parasite, to study the way that mitochondria change shape and generate energy in different environments.