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Funded Research Awards

2018-19 Award Recipients

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. David Snead and Dr. Sam Smith

Award: $14,654 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Conference on Faith and History Biennial Undergraduate Conference at Calvin College

 

Dr. David Schweitzer

Award: $11,952.94 for Provost Research Initiative
Project: Enhance Typesetting Functionality for Mathematical Content and Advance Accessibility for the Visually Impaired.

 

Ms. Rebecca Lair and Ms. Emily Parrow

Award: $660 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Around the Hearth: Where Archaeology and Public History Intersect at Mead’s Tavern

 

Dr. Benjamin Esswein

Award: $1,636.50 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Redisposition of the Monasteries: Regulating the Regular Clergy in Reformation Central Europe

 

Ms. Gabrielle Smith

Award: $880 for Student Research Presentation
Project: “2018 Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Competition”

 

Dr. David Snead

Award: $3,200 for Faculty Research Event
Project: “2019 Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference”

 

Ms. Bethany Matsick

Award: $600 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics

 

Ms. Mai Chi Nguyen

Award: $615 for Student Research Presentation
Project: “10th Engaging With Vietnam Conference”

 

Ms. Mai Chi Nguyen

Award: $1,496 for Student Research Project
Project: “Second Language Acquisition”

 

Dr. David Snead

Award: $1,344.30 for Faculty Research Project Award
Project: “The Role of the Seabees in Normandy in June 1944”

 

Dr. Yan Xie

Award: $1,634.25 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: 2019 Annual Conference of U.S. Chinese Language Teacher’s Association

 

Ms. Sarah Blanke

Award: $1,204 for Student Research Project
Project: Artforms Embodied

 

Dr. James Cook and Mr. Khang Ngyuyen

Award: $1,140 for Faculty Scholarship
Project: On Sub-Multiplicative Constants of an Algebra

 

Mr. Alex Grant, Ms. Kelly Hamren, Ms. Rebecca Pickard, Ms. Cassie Belcher, Mr. Drake DeOrnellis, & Alex Donley

Award: $3,868.76 for Faculty Professional Development and Student Research Presentation
Project: Sigma Tau Delta 2019 International Convention

 

Dr. Andrew Milacci

Award: $1,486 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Latin American Studies Association (LASA) 2019 Annual Conference

 

Ms. Danielle Smith

Award: $794 for Student Research Presentation
Project: 2019 Children’s Literature Conference

 

Dr. Jaeshil Kim

Award: $1,100 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: The 64th Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association

 

Mr. Duong Hien Ngo

Award: $550 for Student Research Presentation
Project: The 1st Midwest Graduate Student Conference: Geometry and Topology meet Data Analysis and Machine Learning.


School of Behavioral Sciences

Ms. Micaela Hardyman

Award: $800 for Research-Intensive Course
Project: The Relationship between Religious Commitment, Gender Norm/Role Beliefs, and Attitudes Towards Homosexuality

 

Dr. Jichan Kim

Award: $2,292 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: “Mediation and Moderation Analysis Workshops”

 

Ms. Allison Hendrick

Award: $800 for Student Research Project
Project: Effect Religiosity and Shared Activities Have on Marital Satisfaction

 

Dr. Janet M. Brown

Award: Faculty Release
Project: Cyber S.W.A.T. Team Program

 

Ms. Tram Hong Nguyen

Award: Student Research Project
Project: Validation of the Vietnamese Translation of the Traumatic Symptoms Inventory-II

 

Matthew Noakes

Award: $1,950 for Student Research Presentation
Project: 31st Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention


School of Visual and Performing Arts

Dean Scott Hayes

Award: $2,490 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: 7th bi-annual International, Interdisciplinary Music On Stage Conference

 

Linda Nell Cooper and Scott Hayes

Award: $15,500 for Faculty Research Project
Project: Collaborative Co-ed Research and Writing Project on the Bedford Boys During WWII.

 

Dean Scott Hayes

Award: $1,514 for Faculty Research Project
Project: Testimony-based, Reminiscence Theatre Inspired Model that Facilitates Intergenerational Communication and Relationships.


School of Health Sciences 

Dr. Kyle Harris and Dr. Matthew Becker

Award: $3,148.47 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: QIIME and Other Bioinformatics Tools for Microbiome Analysis and Microbial Ecology

 

Dr. Michael Price

Award: $2,466.50 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Fungal Genetics Conference

 

Dr. James McClintock

Award: $2,043.48
Project: 71st Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS)

 

Ms. Emily Oglesby

Award: $1,000 for Student Research Event
Project: Scientific Research Society

 

Dr. Kimberly Mitchell and Dr. Michael Korn

Award: $883 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: University Educators for Global Engagement

 

Dr. Bethesda O’Connell

Award: $13,733 for Faculty Research Project
Project: Increase to “Evaluation of Biosand Water filers in Southern Rwanda”

 

Dr. Greg Raner

Award: $5,000 for Faculty Research Project
Project: “Examining three different biblical plant extracts and oils from Israel for their ability to bring about a biological response in human liver cells that are consistent with the improvement of human health.”

 

Dr. Alan Fulp

Award: $4,000 for Faculty Research Project
Project: FAAH inhibitors for glaucoma

 

Dr. Gary Isaacs

Award: $7,400 for Faculty Research Project
Project: Comparing the genomic changes that occur in the liver using mice fed a vitamin deficient diet versus a vitamin-enriched diet.

 

Dr. James McClintock

Award: $2,304 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: 2019 104th International Association for Identification Conference

 

Dr. Matthew Becker

Award: $7,500 for Faculty Research Project
Project: Impact of Amphibian Disease Chytridiomycosis on Eastern Newts Population on Chandlers Mountain

 

Dr. Kyle Harris

Award: $7,500 for Faculty Research Project
Project: Crayfish Ecotoxicology and Community Assembly

 

Mr. Alec Basile

Award: $7,414 for Student Research Project
Project: Inhibition of Carcinogenic Nitroso Compounds Formation from Nitrate Preservatives

 

Ms. Amelia Martin and Ms. Heather Deal

Award: $2278 for Student Research Presentation
Project: National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium

 

School of Health Sciences

Award: $2,700 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Virginia Academy of Sciences 2019 Annual Meeting

 

Mr. Justin Killian

Award: $9,900 for Faculty Research Project
Project: Use of Playertek technology to record and report the physical details of lacrosse competition, an underrepresented sport in the scientific literature.

 

Ms. Jessica Thornton, Ms. Mia Rose Fabbri, and Mr. Michael Joseph Erquiaga

Award: $5,500 for Student Research Presentation
Project: 2019 104th International Association for Identification Conference

 

School of Health Sciences

Award: $30,000 for Faculty Research Project
Project: Gene expression profiling by real-time polymerase chain reaction

 

School of Health Sciences

Award: $70,000 for Faculty Research Project
Project: Flow cytometry to design, implement, analyze, and publish flow cytometry data


School of Health Sciences

Award: $23,000 for Faculty Research Project
Project: Core zebrafish research facility

 

School of Nursing Administration

Dr. Shanna Akers & Dr. Kathryn Miller

Award: $8,760 for Faculty Research Project
Project: Religiosity of Nurses in Commonwealth, VA


School of Education

Ms. Ashley Puskar

Award: $1,040 for Student Research Presentation
Project: 2019 Eastern Educational Research Association Annual Conference

 

Ms. Melissa Hosek

Award: $1,600 for Student Research Project
Project: Chinese Perceptions, Educational Practices, and Views on Societal Perceptions of Those with Disabilities.


School of Communication and Digital Content

Dr. Madlock Gatison, Ms. Abigail Brewer, and Ms. Kasey Lange

Award: $4,675 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Eastern Communication Undergraduate Scholars Conference


School of Engineering

Dr. Ephraim Zegeye

Award: $6,244.52 for Faculty Research Project
Project: Palpable Device for Breast Screening

 

Dr. Hector Medina

Award: $9,930 for Faculty Research Project
Project: To Design, Build, and Analyze the Electromechanical Behavior of Dielectric Elastomers.

 

Mr. John Mark Stapleton

Award: $1,994 for Student Research Presentation
Project: ASME 2019 Power Conference and Nuclear Forum

 

Mr. Christopher Hickman

Award: $1,908 for Student Research Presentation
Project: World of Wireless, Mobile, and Multimedia Networks 2019

 

Mr. Thomas Donica and Ms. Allison Riegel

Award: $2,807 for Student Research Presentation
Project: ASME 2019 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures, and Intelligent Systems.

 

Mr. Israel Parish

Award: $350 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society

 

Mr. Justin Killian and Ms. Abigail McCarty

Award: $2,173 for Faculty Professional Development and Student Research Presentation
Project: National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) national conference

 

Dr. Matthew Becker and Dr. Kyle Harris

Award: $4,032 for Faculty Professional Development
Project: Ecological Society of America (ESA) 2018 Annual Meeting


School of Divinity

Dr. David Bagget

Award: $3,000 for Faculty Research Project
Project: Book on Fred Rogers


College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM)

Mr. Riley Lutz

Award: $1,424 for Student Research Presentation
Project: Experimental Biology 2019

 

School of Government

Mr. Tony Robertson, Ms. Alyssa Rumbuc, Mr. Tyler Shannon

Award: $4,800 for Faculty Professional Development and Student Research Presentation
Project: 11th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition


Interdisciplinary Awards

School of Behavioral Sciences and School of Visual & Performing Arts

Dr. Beth Sites and Mrs. Connie Hecker

Award: $2,301 for Research Event Award
Project: Applied Theater Across Disciplines Workshop

 

Dr. Beth Sites and Mrs. Connie Hecker

Award: $2,885 for Faculty Research Project
Project: Applied Theater and Drama Therapy

 

Liberty University

Award: $47,154.65 for Faculty Professional Development/Student Research Presentation
Project: 2019 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

 

Liberty University

Award: $15,00 for Faculty Professional Development/Student Research Presentation
Project: 2020 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)