2024 Research & Scholarship Awards

The annual Research & Scholarship Awards recognize excellence among artists, scholars, researchers and inventors at East Carolina University. Our faculty’s research and creative activities impact their field, their students, the region and the world.


Event Details

Tuesday, April 2, 2024
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Harvey Banquet Hall at the Murphy Center
660 Ficklen Dr, Greenville, NC 27858


Event Program

Robin Coger, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Sharon Paynter, Acting Chief Research and Engagement Officer

Recognition and Presentation of Awards

  • Recognition of Research Administration
  • Presentation of Trendsetter Awards
  • Presentation of SPARC Awards
  • Recognition of EOSA Cohort
  • Presentation of Scholarship of Engagement Award
  • Recognition of Inventors
  • Presentation of Five-Year Research and Creative Activity Award
  • Presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity

Closing Remarks
Robin Coger, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

View the ceremony slideshow. (PDF)


Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Research & Creative Activity

Dr. Xiaoping Pan
Professor, Biology
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Five-Year Research & Creative Activity

Dr. Christine Habeeb
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
College of Health and Human Performance


Scholarship of Engagement 

Dr. Kristen Cuthrell
Professor, Rural Education Institute
College of Education
Excellence in Research Administration

Jessica Miller
CON and CAHS Research Administrative Hub Director
and Pre-Award Grant Manager

Carlyle Rogers
Director of Licensing & Commercialization

University Inventors 

US Patent 11,610,170
Systems, Methods, and Computer Program Products for Generating a Normalized Assessment

US Patent 11,676,232
Apparatus For Improving Applicant Selection Based on Performance Indices

Robert Todd Watkins
School of Dental Medicine


US Patent 11,647,889
Near-Infrared Fluorescence Imaging for Blood Flow and Perfusion Visualization and Related Systems and Computer Program Products

Xin-Hua Hu

Kenneth Jacobs


US Patent 11,925,635
Methods and Compositions for Maintaining Opioid Efficacy in the Treatment of Pain

Kori Brewer
Emergency Medicine

Stefan Clemens


US Copyright Ref TX0009293654
Malkin Gambling-Motivated Crime Diversion Checklist

Michelle Malkin
Criminal Justice & Criminology


Senior National Association of Inventors Inductees

Rukiyah Van Dross-Anderson
Pharmacology & Toxicology

Stefan Clemens


2023-2024 Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy (EOSA) Cohort

Carrie Bergeson
Human Development and Family Science

Yilei Huang
Construction Management

Eric Wade
Coastal Studies

Tianjiao Zhao
Construction Management


Sponsored Activities and Research Catalyst (SPARC) Award Winners

John Farrow
Microbiology and Immunology

Ted Graber
Physical Therapy

Michael (Drew) Honaker

Misun Hur
Geography, Planning, and Environment

Jinkun Lee

Susan McRae

Adam Offenbacher

Anne Spuches


Trendsetter Award Winners

Early Achievement

Kawanna Bright
Interdisciplinary Professions

Michelle Malkin
Criminal Justice and Criminology


Hanan Elgendy
General Dentistry

Abby Schwartz
Social Work

Zhen Zhu


Eminent Achievement

Margaret Bauer

Sy Saeed
Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

*The 2024 Trendsetter Award recipients were announced during the awards ceremony.


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