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November 17, 2020

Fall 2020 University Small Research Grants announced

Submitted by Erin Pennington

The Office of Research Development announces the winners of the fall 2020 University Small Research Grants.

All five proposals that were submitted in the fall 2020 round were funded, totaling more than $12,000.

The fall 2020 awardees:

  • Sean Eddington, communication studies, "Understanding the Work-Life Realities of Tenure-Track Faculty During COVID-19: Constituting Career Resilience During Crisis," $4,500.
  • Behzad Ghanbarian, geology, "Three-Dimensional Numerical Simulations of Fluid Flow in Geological Formations," $3,500.
  • Alison Knoblauch, English, "Bodies of Knowledge: Embodied Rhetorics in Theory and Practice," $990.
  • Katie Olsen, journalism and mass communications, "Exploring the Social Career Capital Development of Early Career Professionals in the Strategic Communications Industry," $2,800.
  • Han Yu, English, "Indexing for Book Titled Mind Thief: The Story of Alzheimer’s," $800.

The contributions of the peer reviewers were greatly appreciated and included Necia Chronister, modern languages; Rollie Clem, biology; Anne Longmuir, English; Sara Luly, modern languages; Nancy Morrow, art; and Anna Marie Wytko, music.

University Small Research Grants are awarded each fall and spring by the Office of the Vice President for Research through the Office of Research Development. These seed grants support small research projects, scholarly activity and other creative efforts. This program is meant to catalyze a faculty member's career success. New faculty and faculty from disciplines with minimal outside support are given priority for the award, as are projects that enhance awardees' abilities to compete for extramural funding. All proposals are peer-reviewed and discussed in a panel. Unsuccessful applicants are given feedback on how to improve their proposals.