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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 of the most 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, 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. Nominations will soon be accepted with the inaugural award to be announced in the spring of 2019.


This award recognizes mid-career scientists and engineers (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 the science community, to communicate their work effectively, and to make a difference in their scientific area. The prize will consist of a cash award and an engraved tangible gift. Travel expenses will also be covered for the winner to attend a designated event.


Nomination details will be announced in October and outlined on this page.


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.
  • Ensure that your mailing includes the name(s) of those contributing to the award fund as well as 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.