Mini grants awarded to faculty

The Office of Research and Graduate Education has awarded $50,432 in mini grants to 14 faculty members for the next year. Mini grants of up to $5,000 per individual and $10,000 per collaborative project stimulate faculty research productivity by providing “seed” funds for projects that will lead to requests for external funding. Grant funding must be used by May 15, 2018. Proposals are reviewed by a committee and evaluated based on the following prioritized criteria:

  • Intellectual merit of the research.
  • Likelihood of future development of the proposed line of research including, but not limited to, future external support.
  • Research competence.
  • Rank and funding history.
  • Explanation of how funds will be used to meet the aims of the proposal.

Mini grant recipients

  • Cory Bolkan
    $2,500
    Human Development
    An Evaluation of the Technology to Support Aging in Place (TSAP) Pilot Program
  • Zhi Chen
    $2,000
    Engineering and Computer Science; College of Engineering and Computer Science
    Coordinated Expansion Planning of Generation and Transmission
  • Allison Coffin
    $5,000
    Neuroscience; College of Arts and Sciences
    Is hearing regeneration linked to evolutionary changes in protein sequences?
  • Cynthia Cooper
    $4,000
    Molecular Biosciences; College of Arts and Sciences
    G protein 15 promotes melanin synthesis in zebrafish melanocytes
  • Laurie Drapela
    $5,000
    Criminal Justice, Public Affairs; College of Arts and Sciences
    Inculpable Intentions: Youth with Autism and Juvenile Justice Practitioners in Canada and the United States
  • Steven Fountain
    $2,000
    History; College of Arts and Sciences
    The Trouble with "Tribe": Indigenous Peoples and Federal Recognition on the Lower Columbia River
  • Luz Maria Gordillo
    $3,000
    Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies; College of Arts and Sciences
    Patients, Philanthropists, and Field Workers: A Hidden History of Women's Cross-Cultural, Scientific, and Social Networks in the Age of Eugenics, 1904-1939
  • Edward Hagen
    $432
    Anthropology; College of Arts and Sciences
    Resolving
  • John Harrison
    $5,000
    School of the Environment; College of Arts and Sciences
    Developing fundamental new knowledge of Storm water nitrogen pollution removal by unsaturated bioswales: testing novel methods and generating compelling preliminary data
  • Zaixin Lu
    $2,500
    Computer Science; College of Engineering and Computer Science
    Cache Design for Device-to-Device Sharing in Mobile Social Networks
  • Jonah Piovia-Scott
    $5,000
    Biological Sciences; College of Arts and Science
    Effects of ecosystem engineering by beaver on amphibians
  • Nikolay Strigul
    $7,000
    Mathematics; College of Arts and Science
    Development of a hyperspectral remote sensing approach for detection of algae blooms and methane emissions from SW Washington lakes
  • Hua Tan
    $3,500
    Mechanical Engineering; College of Engineering and Computer Science
    Spontaneous Flow of Evaporating Droplets through Nanoporous Material of a Novel Optofluidic Biosensor
  • Xinghui Zhao
    $3,500
    Computer Science; College of Engineering and Computer Science
    Learning with Elasticity: A Self-Adaptive Distributed Framework for Deep Learning

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