Funded Research Awards

2017-2018 Award Recipients

College of Arts and Sciences


Ms. Sarah Blanke

Award: $1,380 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Eliza in Plumes of Rose

Mr. Blake Davis

Award: $1,214 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Presidential Prosecution: An Analysis of Aaron Burr's 1807 Treason Trial

Mr. Luke Dixon

Award: $1,214 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Blunder and Misfortune: Analyzing the British Disaster at Ticonderoga in 1758

Ms. Megan Duggins

Award: $555.74 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Prevalence and infection intensity of fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) in relation to seasonal change

Mr. Nick Eisele

Award: $555.74 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Prevalence and infection intensity of fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) in relation to seasonal change

Dr. Benjamin Esswein

Award: $1,000 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: 53rd Medieval Congress at Western Michigan University

Mr. Mitchell Gehman

Award: $1,214 for Student Research Presentation
Project: The Steel Wall of England: The Curious Case of English Knights in the Hundred Years' War

Ms. Mackensie Henn

Award: $1,214 for Student Research Presentation
Project: The Story of the Bill of Rights: An Act of Compromise

Ms. Leah Ingle

Award: $1,214 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Mechanized Mass Murder and Its Effects on the Jewish Sonderkommando in Auschwitz-Birkenau

Ms. Sarah Jones

Award: $1,214 for Student Research Presentation
Project: The Road to Ninety-Five Thesis

Mr. Caleb Kellam

Award: $555.74 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Prevalence and infection intensity of fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) in relation to seasonal change

Mr. Kristian Myrdal

Award: $1,214 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Laying Aside Vanities: Neil C. Macdonald and the Nonpartisan League

Mr. Haakon Nelson

Award: $555.74 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Characterization of the Peaks of Otter Salamander Microbiome as an Innate Defense against Emerging Infectious Diseases

Ms. Mai Nguyen

Award: $450 for Student Research Presentation
Project: 2017 Jiangsu Cup Speech Contest Final

Mr. Lucas Peed

Award: $1,214 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Echoes of the Civil War and Reconstruction in North Carolina

Mr. Luis Quijano

Award: $1,500 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: Embracing Bacterial Cellulose as a Catalyst for Sustainable Fashion

Mr. Luis Quijano

Award: $2,600 for Student Research Presentation
Project: 8th International Istanbul Conference on Evolution Technical Textile

Mr. Connor Schonta

Award: $2,039.50 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Humanities Research Institute's 2018 conference "Munich and the People"

Ms. Abigail Shimer

Award: $1,214 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Angelica Church: A Federalist Woman's Realm in the New Republic

Mr. Clifford Stumme

Award: $1,350.84 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: 53rd Medieval Congress at Western Michigan University

Dr. Yan Xie

Award: $450 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: 2017 Jiangsu Cup Speech Contest Final


College of Osteopathic Medicine


Ms. Brittney Browning

Award: $1,518 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Determining the Influence of a Novel Rodent Diet on Body Weight Gain and Renal Health in Male Mice from 2 Different Strains

Ms. Hannah Ter Haar

Award: $1,518 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Determining the Influence of a Novel Rodent Diet on Body Weight Gain and Renal Health in Male Mice from 2 Different Strains


College of General Studies

 

Ms. Brittany Bobbey

Award: $1,658.79 for Student Research Presentation
Project: 45th Annual International Conference of the Children's Literature Association

Ms. Donna Donald

Award: $2,067.17 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: National Council on Public History Annual Conference

Ms. Ginny Dow

Award: $1,658.79 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: 45th Annual International Conference of the Children's Literature Association

Mr. Isaiah Quigley

Award: $1,658.79 for Student Research Presentation
Project: 45th Annual International Conference of the Children's Literature Association


Helms School of Government


Dr. Bill Waddell

Award: $12,000 for Research-Intensive Course 
Project: Hands-on Open Source Research for Strategic Intelligence


School of Aeronautics

Dr. Mitch Morrison

Award: $23,130 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: Eye-Tracking Equipment


School of Behavioral Sciences


Dr. Jichan Kim

Award: $695 for Research-Intensive Course 
Project: The Effectiveness of a Family-Based Forgiveness Education Program

Ms. Tram Hong Nguyen

Award: $2,260 for Research-Intensive Course 
Project: The Impact of Victim Blaming on the Vietnamese Public's Perception of Sex Trafficking

Ms. Zoe Sargent

Award: $700 for Research-Intensive Course 
Project: Potential Predictors and the Ability to Identify Human Trafficking

Dr. Carrie Wilmouth

Amount: $11,470 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: Effects of Western Diet on the Health Development of Adolescence


School of Divinity

 

Dr. Benjamin Laird

Award: $2,500 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: An Analysis of the Paratextual Features Contained in Greek Manuscripts of the New Testament

Dr. Steve Vandegriff

Award: $2,128 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Research on Adolescence (SRA) Conference


School of Engineering and Computational Sciences

Ms. Morgan Thomas

Award: $2,245 for Student Research Presentation
Project: A novel parameter for the evaluation of static mixers

Mr. Timothy Vanetten

Award: $2,150 for Student Research Presentation
Project: A novel low-latency and reliable message switching technology for Data Center networks

Ms. Amy Williams

Award: $2,150 for Student Research Presentation
Project: A novel low-latency and reliable message switching technology for Data Center networks


School of Health Sciences


Dr. Todd Allen

Award: $2,982 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: Development of an HPLC Protocol for Analysis of Amino Acids in Algae

Dr. Matthew Becker

Award: $738.50 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: 79th annual Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB) Conference

Mr. Kaleb Bohrnstedt

Award: $555.74 for Student Research Presentation
Project: A stream continuum analysis of bacteria community assembly in association with crayfish and their symbionts

Ms. Katherine Bronson

Award: $555.74 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Characterization of the Peaks of Otter Salamander Microbiome as an Innate Defense against Emerging Infectious Diseases

Ms. Lauren Brown

Award: $90 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Undergraduate research inspired by the urey-miller experiment

Mr. Micah Burnham

Award: $555.74 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Characterization of the interactions between symbiotic microbes of the salamander Desmognathus fuscus and the fungal pathogens Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and B. salamandrivorans

Mr. Nathan Chandler

Award: $555.74 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Low-level Atrazine exposure effects on crayfish development

Mr. Nathan Chandler & Mr. Austin Minuto

Award: $1,771 for Student Research Presentation
Project: The Effects of Common Herbicide (Altrazine) on Juvenile Crayfish Growth and Development

Mr. Matthew Cooke

Award: $555.74 for Student Research Presentation
Project: A stream continuum analysis of bacteria community assembly in association with crayfish and their symbionts

Department of Biology & Chemistry

Award: $2,933.50 for Student Research Presentation
Project: 2018 Virginia Academy of Science (VAS) Annual Meeting

Mr. Luke Fischer

Award: $2933.50 for Student Research Presentation and Faculty Professional Development
Project: A stream continuum analysis of bacteria community assembly in association with crayfish and their symbionts

Dr. Alan Fulp

Award: $8,000 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: Tandem Reactions

Dr. Alan Gillen

Award: $10,495 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: Microbial Indicators of Waterborne Parasites in Local Surface Waters

Prof. Kyle Harris

Award: $5,600 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: Crayfish Ecotoxicology and Community Assembly

Prof. Kyle Harris

Award: $1,944.50 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Faculty research mentor and professional development

Prof. Kyle Harris

Award: $4,552 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: 79th annual Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB) Conference

Dr. Gary Isaacs

Award: $10,536 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: Nutrition, Aging, and Gene Expression in the Brain

Mr. Thomas Kepler

Award: $555.74 for Student Research Presentation
Project: A stream continuum analysis of bacteria community assembly in association with crayfish and their symbionts

Dr. Michael Korn

Award: $2,000 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: Reinvestigating the Urey-Miller Experiment

Dr. Michael Korn

Award: $624 for Faculty Professional Development
Conference: American Chemical Society Entrepreneur Summit

Dr. Michael Korn

Award: $1,979.59 for Faculty Professional Development
Conference: 60th Electronic Materials Conference (EMC 2018)

Ms. Mackenzie Lecher

Award: $555.74 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Low-level Atrazine exposure effects on crayfish development

Ms. Casey Mahoney

Award: $555.74 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Characterization of the interactions between symbiotic microbes of the salamander Desmognathus fuscus and the fungal pathogens Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and B. salamandrivorans

Dr. James McClintock

Award: $1,082 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Faculty research mentor and professional development

Mr. Samuel Owens

Award: $555.74 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Low-level Atrazine exposure effects on crayfish development

Dr. Michael Price

Award: $4,000 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: Carbon Metabolism and Pathogenicity in Cryptococus

Dr. Greg Raner

Award: $1,885.50 for Faculty Professional Development
Conference: American Society for Pharmacognosy International Meeting 2018

Ms. Alexandra Reddy

Award: $555.74 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Low-level Atrazine exposure effects on crayfish development

Mr. Levi Schiefer

Award: $3,200 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: Safety Testing of BPA Alternatives Used in the Plastics Industry

Ms. Nicole Solvig

Award: $3,200 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: Evaluation of Biosand Water Filters in Southern Rwanda

Ms. Shiloh Sooklal

Award: $555.74 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Low-level Atrazine exposure effects on crayfish development

Ms. Abbie Suttle

Award: $555.74 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Low-level Atrazine exposure effects on crayfish development

Ms. Catherine Twomey

Award: $555.74 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Characterization of the interactions between symbiotic microbes of the salamander Desmognathus fuscus and the fungal pathogens Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and B. salamandrivorans

Ms. Bethany Wildeman

Award: $555.74 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Characterization of the Peaks of Otter Salamander Microbiome as an Innate Defense against Emerging Infectious Diseases

Ms. Caroline Williams

Award: $555.74 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Low-level Atrazine exposure effects on crayfish development

Dr. Pei Zhang

Award: $4,000 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: Extracellular Matrix Cellular Interactions and RNA Therapies


School of Music

Ms. Julia Mary Conceison

Award: $776 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Find Your Voice: Enabling Students with Special Needs in the K-12 Classroom


School of Visual and Performing Arts

Ms. Linda Cooper

Award: $15,300 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: Collaborative Playwriting on Marginalized Historical Appalachian Mountain Women During Years 1750-1950 -- inspired by the Book LOST VOICES

Ms. Rachel Dugan

Award: $2,700 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: How Can Modern Technology Be Merged With Historical Techniques to Transform the Experience of Reading Scripture in the Present Era

Ms. Breann Carty

Award: $2,500 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: Seeing by Creativity: A Creative Execution Designed to Bridge the Gap for the Visually Impaired


Interdisciplinary Awards

School of Behavioral Sciences and School of Health Sciences

Award: $27,578 for Research-Intensive Courses
Project: Behavioral Chamber Package

School of Behavioral Sciences and School of Visual & Performing Arts

Award: $3,364 for Research-Intensive Courses
Project: Understanding the Phenomenon of Applied Theater and Drama Therapy


2016-2017 Award Recipients

College of Arts and Sciences


Dr. David Snead

Award: $1,909.50 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Faculty research mentor for student presentation and professional development

Dr. David Towles and Dr. Andrew Milacci

Award: $780 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: Administration of a pre and post trip survey on Cultural Intelligence (EQ)


College of General Studies


Britleigh Bhalla

Award: $1,354 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Not Quite a Villain: Generation Z Readers in the Liminal Space Between Good and Evil

Ginny Dow

Award: $1,767.50 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Faculty research mentor for student presentation and professional development


School of Behavioral Sciences


Dr. Brianne Friberg and Dr. Carrie Wilmouth

Award: $4,767 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Teaching Students to Communicate Research in Real World Scenarios

Dr. Carrie Wilmouth

Award: $6,545 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: Naloxone Induced Sugar Withdraw Like Behaviors in Adolescent and Adult Sprague-Dawley Rats

Dr. Benjamin Wood

Award: $1,750 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: Supervisory Passion


School of Engineering


Dr. Robert Melendy

Award: $4,000 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Bioelectric and Biomagnetic Circuits


School of Health Sciences

 

Landon Anderson

Award: $292 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Characterization of C. Neoformans pyk1 Capsule Production

Matthew Anderson

Award: $292 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Fluorescent and Non-fluorescent Methods of Low Concentration Amino Acid Separation

Yansirre L. Aviles

Award: $292 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Impact of pyk1 Deletion on Interactions of C. Neoformans with the Host Immune System

Emily Berguson

Award: $430 for Student Research Presentation
Project: O-GlcNAc Transferase May Affect the Activity of Succinate Dehydrogenase

Kevin Betsch

Award: $252 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Deciphering Mechanisms of Extracellular Matrix Stiffness Sensing

Joel Brenny

Award: $252 for Student Research Presentation
Project: O-GlcNAc Transferase May Affect the Activity of Succinate Dehydrogenase

Matthew Cooke

Award: $252 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Identification of Microbiota Associated with the Ectosymbiotic Community Structure of the Appalachian Brook Crayfish (Cambarus bartonii)

Luke Fischer

Award: $252 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Identification of Microbiota Associated with the Ectosymbiotic Community Structure of the Appalachian Brook Crayfish (Cambarus bartonii)

Taylor Griffin

Award: $252 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Identification of Microbiota Associated with the Ectosymbiotic Community Structure of the Appalachian Brook Crayfish (Cambarus bartonii)

Prof. Kyle Harris

Award: $308.50 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Faculty research mentor for student presentation and professional development

Dr. Gary Isaacs

Award: $614.62 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Faculty research mentor for student presentation and professional development

Sherrie Jeffers

Award: $252 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Identification of Microbiota Associated with the Ectosymbiotic Community Structure of the Appalachian Brook Crayfish (Cambarus bartonii)

Kristin Jones

Award: $292 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Hillsman House; Generating DNA Profiles from 150-year-old Persumptive Bloodstains

Dr. Jichan Kim

Award: $292 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Deciphering Mechanisms of Extracellular Matrix Stiffness Sensing

Dr. Michael Korn

Award: $203 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Faculty research mentor for student presentation and professional development

Kelsee Moore

Award: $550.82 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Effects of Traditional Army Training on ROTC Cadet Performance in the Occupational   Physical Assessement Test

Dr. James McClintock

Award: $431.62 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Faculty research mentor for student presentation and professional development

Hannah Philips

Award: $430 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Determination of the Impact of pyk1 Deletion on Interactions of C. Neoformans with the Host Immune System

Dr. Michael Price

Award: $431.62 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Faculty research mentor for student presentation and professional development

Caroline Roberts

Award: $292 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Optimization of HPLC Technique for the quantification of 2-deoxcytidine Analogs in DNA Samples from a Dietary Folate Study

Morgan Roth

Award: $252 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Forensic Animal Hair Analysis: Development of an Atlas and Guide

Caleb Schreiner

Award: $430 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Effects of Folate on Learning and Memory in Mice: Timing and Type of Folate has Differing Long Term Results

Christopher Schreiner

Award: $430 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Results of PCR Analysis in Alzheimer's and Dietary Folate Models

Nicolas Terreri

Award: $390 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Characterization of a Putative Kinase Associated with Rescue of Cryptococcus Neoformans pyk1 Glucose Utilization

Dr. Pei Zhang

Award: $431.62 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Faculty research mentor for student presentation and professional development


School of Nursing Administration

 

Terrill Zentmeyer

Award: $2,500 for Research-Intensive Course (Student)
Project: Malnutrition in the Indigenous Pediatric Populations of Guatemala


Rawlings School of Divinity

 

Dr. Stephen Vandegriff

Award: $2,031.24 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Faculty research mentor for student presentation and professional development


School of Education

 

Dr. Laura Hatfield

Award: $1,755.23 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Faculty research mentor for student presentation and professional development

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