Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grants: Spring 2015 recipients announced, Summer/Fall applications due April 13

| February 16, 2015
Provost research grant recipients

Webster has seen the fruits of last year’s grants and looks forward to results from the newest round of Provosts’s Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grant recipients.

The Office of the Provost and Office of Academic Affairs are pleased to announce that proposals are now being accepted from students for the Provost’s Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Program for funding to be used in the Summer/Fall 2015 semesters. The deadline for applications has been extended to April 13.

“Thanks to committed faculty members who have encouraged collaborate research and who are willing to serve as faculty sponsors, this Grant Program has been successful in its first year,” said Julian Schuster, Webster’s provost, senior vice president, and chief operating officer.

“I am very pleased to see, in our second year, a growing number of applicants and recipients, wider diversity in the schools and departments, and interdisciplinary, cross-department projects. We are also seeing the fruits of the first round of grants, as students share and present the results of projects funded last year. With each cycle of grants, we build on our reputation as an institution focused on building connections between faculty and students as one way to demonstrate academic excellence.”

Spring 2015 Provost’s Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the Spring 2015 recipients, who are listed below by name, program, faculty sponsor, and title or topic of the project:

  • Roger Chapman, technical direction (theatre) major, with faculty sponsor Dunsi Dai: “Improving Scene Design Education Through Peer Research”
  • Alyson Chisum, cultural anthropology major, with faculty sponsor Elsa Fan: “Senior Thesis (title in progress) – how coffeehouses create community”
  • Amy Clark, cultural anthropology major, and Margaret Nagle, sociology major, with faculty sponsor Jong Bum Kwon: “The Impact of Socialization Around the Police on Discourse and Identity Formation of Disenfranchised Youth”
  • Jamanda Gordon, sociology major, with faculty sponsor Jong Bum Kwon: “Local Organizations and Neighborhood Identity”
  • Jennifer Howard, biology major, with faculty sponsor Ryan Groeneman: “Achieving (2+2) Cycloaddition Reactions Utilizing Substituted Uea as Organic Templates”
  • Courtney Miener, film production major, with faculty sponsors Kathy Corely and Lionel Cuillé: “Ville Fontome”
  • Raina Muthukumaru, biology major, with faculty sponsor Victoria Brown-Kennerly: “Debaryomyces hansenil survival and effects on growth of common bacteria”
  • Karen Opp, cultural anthropology major, with faculty sponsor Elsa Fan: “Museum and the Performance of Culture”
  • Robert Polzin, biology major, with faculty sponsor Victoria Brown-Kennerly: “Pogonomyrmex Harvester Ants: Tunneling Response to Common Soil and Water Contaminants”
  • Michelle Scally, biology major, with faculty sponsor Eric Goedereis: “The Effects of Exercise on Cortisol Levels in Patients with Dementia”
  • Kayla Theberge, psychology and English major, with faculty sponsor Eric Goedereis: “Not My Kid: Parents’ Perceptions of Substance Use”
  • Ashley Villarreal, fine arts major, with faculty sponsor Brian Zimmerman: “One Small Step for Man, A Giant Question for Mankind”
Summer/Fall 2015 Application Deadline

The deadline for applications for the Summer/Fall 2015 semesters has been extended to April 13. For more information, visit the Provost’s Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Program page and then submit the application form [PDF].

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