Dr. Kathleen Moore FACULTY Excellence AWARD 

Our Faculty Excellence Award Program recognizes faculty research excellence in six separate award categories, each receiving a $5,000 research grant

  • Three Campus-Based Faculty Excellence Awards
    • One award per USF campus — USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee
    • Faculty members who hold a regular tenure-track appointment at an institution within USF at the level of assistant, associate or full professor.
  • One USF Junior Faculty Excellence Award
    • Faculty members who hold a regular, tenure-track appointment at an institution within USF at the level of assistant professor.
  • One Instructor Award
    • Non-tenured teaching faculty within USF at the level of Instructor I, II or III.
  • One Valerie D Riddle, M.D., Award in Health
    • Faculty members who hold a regular tenure-track appointment within USF Health (Morsani College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Public Health, School of Physical Therapy, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Pharmacy) at the level of assistant, associate or full professor pursuing research in any topic related to women’s health.

To be considered, all applicants must submit an electronic packet by February 19, 2021 using this online form. A completed application packet includes the sections listed below, uploaded as a single file (please ensure responses are written in 12-point font and double spaced):

  • Section 1: Discuss the impact, importance and meaning of one's research and creative scholarship as it relates to women and women’s issues within the university and beyond.  (500 words or less)

  • Section 2: Share how you plan to use the $5,000 award. (500 words or less)

  • Section 3: List your contributions to women through teaching, scholarship, professional associations, volunteerism, leadership activities and institutional welfare.

  • Section 4: Demonstrate activity in scholarly presentations at professional conferences, associations and learned societies, and the dissemination of  knowledge to students.

  • Section 5: Provide a letter of nomination describing the nominee's overall achievement and its significance from a department chair or institute/center/program director with an endorsement by the dean.

  • Section 6: Include short vitae and any additional materials of support. (Maximum five pages)

The application packet must be submitted by Feb. 19, 2021, to be considered for the 2021 USF WLP Faculty Excellence Award Program. Please complete the submission process by completing the form and uploading  your PDF application packet by clicking here.

Application process:

  •  Application must be for a single individual, joint/team applications are not accepted.
  • Assistant professors may apply for the institutional-based award, the university-wide award, and the Valerie D Riddle, M.D. Award in Health. Applicants will be awarded in a single category.
  • The Dr. Kathleen Moore Faculty Excellence Award is an equal opportunity award, although preference will be given to female candidates.
  • Past applicants must reapply for consideration. 


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Jennifer A. Bugos, Ph.D.
USF Tampa Faculty Award

Jennifer A. Bugos, Ph.D. received her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Florida, her master’s degree in music education from the University of Central Florida, and PhD in music education and minor gerontology from the University of Florida. Bugos pursued post-doctoral work in the Clinical-Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory under the direction of Dr. William Perlstein. While teaching and performing research at East Carolina University, her previous appointment, Bugos received funding from the Retirement Research Foundation to study, “Bimanual Coordination on Successful Aging: Results of a Model Music Program.” Dr. Bugos’ main research interests include the neurological basis for music perception and cognition with regard to human development, lifespan learning, and cognitive transfer. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of South Florida where she teaches undergraduate courses in General Music Methods, Internship, and Senior Seminar.

Zheng Chen, Ph.D.
USF St. Petersburg Faculty Award

Zheng Chen, Ph.D. is an associate professor of management in the School of Information Systems and Management in St. Petersburg, where she researches and teaches human behavior in business. She began teaching because she wanted to help create better organizational environments and has worked at USF since 2010. She is a member of both the Academy of Management and the Work-Family Research Network. Her course on Human Resources Management was recognized in 2020 by Quality Matters and she received the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2017. She is certified in Deep Integrated Yoga Study and incorporates some of the practice’s philosophies into her coursework to help students become more mindful. Chen earned a PhD from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree from Boston College and an MBA from Appalachian State University.

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Sukanya "Su" Senapati, Ph.D.
USF Sarasota-Manatee Faculty Award

Sukanya Senapati, Ph.D. is Instructor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), and Faculty Coordinator of Learning Support Services (LSS). She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the Masters of English Education and Bachelors of English degree program. Courses she has taught include Late Shakespeare, US Latino/a Literature, British and American Literature surveys. In 2016, she developed the first literature of climate change course offered at USF. She has contributed several articles to different literary encyclopedias such as, Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature, Themes in Literature, and Asian-American Literature. She received her PhD in English from the University of South Florida and her master’s degree in English from the University of West Florida.

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Renee Marchioni Beery, DO
Valerie D. Riddle, M.D. Award in Health

Renee Marchioni Beery, DO. serves as the Director of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at the University of South Florida. She brings to the Division her intricate knowledge and deep understanding for this complex patient population. Her subspecialty practice encompasses the diagnosis and management of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and microscopic colitis. She is particularly passionate about the treatment of IBD during pregnancy and the successful pediatric-to-adult transition of IBD care. Dr. Marchioni Beery is the co-founder and medical director for the IBD Center of Excellence at USF, scheduled to open in 2020. She completed her internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Connecticut Health Center, and an advanced clinical research fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School.

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Soomi Lee, Ph.D.
USF Junior Faculty Award

Soomi Lee, Ph.D. is the director of the STEALTH lab. Dr. Lee and her collaborators examine the role of sleep in the link between stress and health across adulthood. Dr. Lee has expertise in the substantive area of work, sleep, and healthy aging. She has extensive experience in measuring sleep using an actigraphy method and assessing daily experiences using intensive micro-longitudinal designs. She received a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in August 2015. Prior to joining the faculty at USF in 2018, she worked for three years as a postdoctoral scholar in Biobehavioral Health at Penn State to extend her research to include sleep and cardiovascular health. Dr. Lee’s research uses innovative methodology to track sleep and activity patterns and how these patterns implicate the work performance for female nurses. She received a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University, her master’s degree in human development and her bachelor’s degree in child development from Yonsei University.

Jing Wang, Ph.D.
USF Instructor Award

Jing Wang, Ph.D. is an instructor III and Director of Broadening Participation in Computing in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Her research interests are computer animation, undergraduate computer science and engineering education, and broadening participation in computing. Throughout her career, Dr. Wang has been actively involved in the
important mission of recruiting and mentoring women in computer science and engineering. She serves as the faculty advisor of Women in Computer Science and Engineering student organization since 2013 and has created multiple programs for mentoring and outreach. She received her PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and her master’s degree in computer science from Vanderbilt University and her bachelor’s degree in physics from Jilin University.