The award was established to recognize the accomplishments of a faculty member at Boise State University, Idaho State University, the University of Idaho or other state institution of higher education who has previously been an active participant in the NSF EPSCoR program.
This is the second time the award has been made; Jean’ne M. Shreeve was the first recipient in 2011. The award, which includes a plaque and $5,000, was presented at a lunch during the Idaho EPSCoR annual meeting at the Grove Hotel on Oct. 3.
Punnoose’s major areas of research focus on nanotechnology and include nanoparticle-based cancer and antibacterial therapies, spintronics, nanotoxicology and nanosensors. Beyond his own department, he has served on graduate thesis committees and won joint research grants with faculty across disciplines. He also has been involved in curriculum development and more in four graduate programs on campus. He is the recipient of the 2007 Foundation Scholar Award for Research.
Punnoose received his Ph.D. and M.S. in physics from Aligarh University, India, and his B.S. in physics from the Mahatma Gandhi University, India.