V. Kumar, professor of marketing at Georgia State University‘s J. Mack Robinson College of Business, recently won five awards, including a research grant from Google Inc.

A proposal by Dr. Kumar and two coauthors won the research grant from Google and WPP, a global advertising and marketing firm, to conduct marketing research in India. No dollar amount of the grant was specified, although the awards can be as much as $80,000, according to Google.

Dr. Kumar, who holds the Richard and Susan Lenny Distinguished Chair In Marketing, was also lead author on articles that won awards from the Journal of Marketing and the Journal of Retailing.

A native of India, Dr. Kumar also received the 2010 Bharat Gaurav (Pride of India) Award from the Indian International Friendship Society. It recognizes the achievements of non-resident Indians for distinguished leadership. He was also awarded  the 2010 Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) Award from the NRI Welfare Society of India in recognition of his contributions to society.

“VK’s research has made a dramatic difference in the field of marketing and has helped many companies achieve new levels of profitability,” said Robinson Dean H. Fenwick Huss.