Montana State University

Merzdorf and Tang win NSF CAREER Awards

May 15, 2009 -- MSU News Service

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Two Montana State University researchers have been awarded the National Science Foundation's prestigious CAREER Award, which supports early career development of teacher-scholars.

Christa Merzdorf, assistant professor of cell biology and neuroscience, and Jian Tang, assistant professor of computer science, have won $765,677 and $400,000 respectively. The awards, spread over multiple years, may only be earned once in a person's career.

Merzdorf's award, the largest CAREER Award in MSU history, is for her research into the early stages of brain development and its implication for birth defects. Click here to read about her research.

Tang's award is for his work with wireless communications technology that could enhance emergency communications and improve broadband Internet service in rural areas. Click here to read about his research.