The James Corones Award Now Accepting Nominations

James “Jim” Corones led a distinguished career as a researcher, administrator and, not least, founder of the Krell Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the scientific and educational communities. Under his guidance, Krell grew to supervise many projects and programs, most notably two prestigious Department of Energy-sponsored graduate fellowships: the Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) and the Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF).

Jim envisioned the Krell Institute as a vehicle to educate superior scientists for the U.S. workforce, helping the country continue to lead the world in multiple disciplines. He was an advocate for mentoring and developing leaders in the scientific community and established programs encouraging scientists to communicate about their research with general audiences. His work helped establish the fields of computational science, advanced high-performance computing, and national nuclear safety.

In his honor and memory, the Krell Institute has established The James Corones Award in Leadership, Community Building and Communication to recognize the impact of mid-career scientists and engineers on their chosen fields across a range of areas.

Rebecca Hartman-Baker, a computer scientist at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), is the 2019 Corones Award winner, recognizing her “broad impact on high-performance computing (HPC) training; her hands-on approach to building a diverse and inclusive HPC user community, particularly among students and early-career computational scientists; and her mastery in communicating the excitement and potential of computational science.”


This award recognizes mid-career scientists and engineers — those having earned a Ph.D. within the past 10 to 20 years — who are making an impact in leadership, community building, or science communication. The recipient will be someone who encourages and mentors young people to be active in the science community, to communicate their work effectively, and to make a difference in their scientific area. The prize will consist of a $2,000 cash award and an engraved tangible gift. Travel expenses will also be covered for the winner to attend a designated event.


Nominations for The James Corones Award in Leadership, Community Building and Communication include a letter from the nominator and a form identifying the nominee and naming three additional references who can speak to his or her character and accomplishments. Krell will secure the reference letters and package all submitted materials for committee review. Self-nominations are accepted.

To nominate someone for the Corones Award, please follow these steps:

  1. Download, save and complete the official Corones Award Nomination Form. (fillable PDF)
  2. Under separate cover, write a letter that speaks to the nominee’s activities, accomplishments and character specific to the aims of this award and the aspirations of its namesake.
  3. Email the completed form and nomination letter to the Krell Institute by December 31, 2019.

Once the form and nominator’s letter are received, Krell Institute staff will contact the three references to secure their letters by February 14, 2020, when nominations officially close. Krell will send a confirmation email once all materials (form, nominator’s letter, and three reference letters) are on file. The winner will be announced in April 2020, with promotions and the award presentation to follow.


Those wishing to contribute to the award fund should kindly follow these steps:

Credit card: Donate via Paypal Giving Fund.


  • Make payable to “Krell Institute” and note “Corones Award” in the memo line.
  • Mail to: Krell Institute; c/o Shelly Olsan, President; 1609 Golden Aspen Drive Suite 101; Ames, IA 50010.
  • Be sure to include the name(s) of those contributing and a physical and/or email address for gift acknowledgement.

Questions: Direct to Shelly Olsan.

To learn more about Jim’s life, professional pursuits and personal interests, see here.