Internal Awards Summary

Western Michigan University's Office of Research and Innovation offers several awards annually to support research and creative activities at WMU. Internal support is also available from individual colleges and offices at the University.

Internal Award Summary 2017-18

Internal awards summary 2017-18  
Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award 180,156
Faculty Research Travel Fund 235,721
Publication of Papers and Exhibition of Creative Works 35,985
Support for Faculty Scholars Award 40,253
Undergraduate Research Excellence Award 54,300
Total 546,415

Internal Award Summary 2016-17

Internal awards summary 2016-17  
Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award $197,603.00
Faculty Research Travel Fund $232,355.16
Publication of Papers and Exhibition of Creative Works $37,031.65
Support for Faculty Scholars Award $40,234.00
Undergraduate Research Excellence Award $54,000.00
Total $561,223.81

Internal Award Summary 2015-16

Pie chart depicting internal award sources for 2015-16.

Total $597,933
Internal awards summary 2015-16
Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award $197,465
Faculty Research Travel Fund $279,851
Publication of Papers and Exhibition of Creative Works $40,584
Support for Faculty Scholars Award $43,549
Undergraduate Research Excellence Award $36,484

Award amounts have been rounded to the nearest dollar.

Past award recipients

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award
Support for Faculty Scholars Award
Undergraduate Research Excellence Award

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award

The Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award supports WMU faculty in significant research, rigorous scientific inquiry, original artistic activity and inventive technology.

2019-20 FRACAA

Name Department Area of interest
Asher, Zachary Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Technical and Sustainability Analysis of In-Motion Wireless Power Transfer
Barkman, Todd Biological Sciences Characterization of fatty acid methyl transferase enzymes from plants: testing hypotheses about the biosynthesis of volatiles important for flowers and fruits
Bondarchuk, Karen Art Artistic Forms and Evolution: Seeking the Intangible
Burns, James  Industrial Engineering Moving Toward an Industry 4.0 Tomorrow:  Understanding What Matters Today
Gray, Lori School of Interdisciplinary Heath Programs “Connections” Study of College Students with Foster Care Histories
Hennlich, Andrew Frostic School of Art Space Invaders: The Work of Art in an Age of Statelessness.
Hudson, Jennifer Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Small Satellite Maneuver Control: Rendezvous and Proximity Operations for a Low-Thrust, Diagnostic Nanosatellite
Huffman, David Chemistry Steps Toward Nutritional Enrichment of Cereal Grains Using a Model Plant
Kane,  Donald Biological Sciences G2 control of the cell cycle in the vertebrate embryo
Lawson, Daryl
Lee, Kevin
Kang, Hyun Bin
Physical Therapy, Statistics, Statistics People who have Diabetes and non-healing wounds
Ross, Matthew Finance and Commercial Law Cash 'n' Careers: What is college worth?
Sawalha, Lina Electrical and Computer Engineering Estimating Power and Performance of Heterogeneous CPU-FPGA Systems
Schriever;Bloom, Tiffany Biological Sciences The hydrology of Great Lakes interdunal wetlands and the effects on their macroinvertebrate assemblages
Singleterry, Lisa 
Gogan, Brian
Caulfield, Susan
Bronson School of Nursing Writing Assignment Prompt Design: A Quantitative Examination of Prompts Across the Curriculum
Teske, Kelly Chemistry The Development of Pre-miRNA Targeted Small Molecules for the Treatment of Colorectal Cancer

2018-19 FRACAA

Name Department Area of interest
Bennett, Patrick Mathematics Research on random graphs and processes in Ramsey theory
Coons, Lisa School of Music The Space Between
Criter, Robin Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences  The Effect of Hearing Loss and its Treatment on Fall Risk Indicators 
Crotchett, Cat Frostic School of Art Textile Patterns and Techniques Transformed by Painting Processes
Damashek, Amy Psychology Examining the Cultural Acceptability of a Child Injury Prevention Program 
Grantner, Janos Electrical and Computer Engineering Development System for Intelligent Surgical Box-Trainer Research
Gu, Chien-Juh Sociology Immigration, Race, and Religion in a Midwest City: Burmese Christian Refugees' Social Adaptation in Battle Creek, Michigan 
Guda, Ramakrishna Chemistry Rational Design of Highly Luminescent Gold Clusters for Optical Imaging
Hanson, Nicholas Human Performance & Health Education  Can decision-making skills be improved with a combination of exercise and cognitive training? 
Hill, Sarah Institute of the Environment and Sustainability Climate Change Preparedness:  The Waste Management Challenge 
Hoppe, Pamela Biological Sciences Defining the role of the protein kinase UNC-82 in organizing muscle contractile filaments 
Ikonomov, Pavel Engineering Design, Manufacturing and Management Systems 3D Hybrid Metal Printer Sample Product Testing
Linn, Cindy Biological Sciences Retinal pigment epithelium induces neurogenesis in an adult mammal
Macfarlane, Daniel Institution of the Environment and Sustainability  Faking Niagara Falls
Moser, Christine Economics Rural Crime in Jamaica
Schroeter, Daniela School of Public Affairs and Administration Evaluation Competencies Among Certified Nonprofit Professionals
Tripp, Brian Biological Sciences Characterization of Salmonella typhimurium Flagellin Disulfide Bond Variants
Wilson, Patrick D Frostic School of Art Black Tent Transit: Sculpture as Material Storytelling
Wu, Qingliu Chemical and Paper Engineering  Nanocellulose Membrane with Tunable Porosity for High-Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries

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Support for Faculty Scholars Award

The Support for Faculty Scholars Award supports creative activities and research that may not lead to external funding but enhance and sustain the scholarly reputation of WMU and the faculty principal investigators.

Spring 2019 SFSA

Name Department Project title
Applegate, Edward Brooks Education Leadership, Research and Technology Influence of Pedagogy on Student Learning in Physician Assistant Training:  A Follow-up Study
Bocko, Amy  University Libraries Dr. Merze Tate Howard University Archival Research Trip & Digital Reunification Project
Gill, Sharon Biological Sciences Merging historical and contemporary landscape photography and soundscape recordings to explore land transformation
Jackson, Yvonne Physical Therapy Pre-Post Assessment of Cerebral Palsy Intensive Physical Therapy Treatment
Lawoti, Mahendra Political Science Security Dilemma and Non-violent Ethnic Conflict
Machicek, Michelle Anthropology Characterizing Biological Impacts of Human Activity Patterns through 3D Scanning Technology: considering the effects of horseback riding on pelvic morphology
Nassaney, Michael History Fort St. Joseph Revealed: Final Preparations
Omilion-Hodges, Leah School of Communication Leadership, Communication, and Transdisciplinary Teams in Palliative Care
Perkins, Alisa Comparative Religion Muslims in Metro Detroit: Gender and Religious Boundaries in Urban America
Zhang, Ya Education Leadership, Research and Technology Predictive value of TOEFL scores on students academic success

Fall 2018 SFSA

Name Department Project title
Burns, Jim Industrial & Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management Development and Validation of an Optimization Formulation for Resilient Supply Chains
Councell-Vargas, Martha Music Charanga: Improvisation in American Jazz and Cuban Dance Music
Hansford, Claudia Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Turbulence Assessment in Internal Combustion Engines
Hennlich, Andrew Art Space Invaders: the Work of Art in an Age of Statelessness
Torres, Benjamin Spanish Publication of La novela detectivesca en Puerto Rico
Yang, Qiang Chemical & Paper Engineering High-Yield Production of Cellulose Nanofiber
Zhu, Laiyin Geography Analyzing power outages in hurricanes using remote sensing

Spring 2018 SFSA

Name Department Project title
 Angles, Jeffrey World Languages and Literatures Inagaki Taruho, Japanese Modernist
 Beasley, Samuel Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology A Qualitative Examination of Men in Professional Psychology
 Caulfield, Susan School of Interdisciplinary Health Program Improving Writing: What Can We Learn From the Student Perspective?
Chin, Christina Frostic School of Art Screenprinting onto Encaustics Art Workshop
Connors, Elyse Blindness and Low Vision Studies Use of Secondary Data and GIS to Examine Low Vision Resources in the State of Michigan
Devanga, Suma  Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Collaborative Referencing: A Speech-Language Intervention for Aphasia
Gogan, Brian English A Frame Analysis of Campus Civic Action Plans
Ikonomov, Pavel Engineering Design, Manufacturing and Management Systems 3D Hybrid Metal Printer Sample Product Testing
Ohanna, Natalio Spanish Witches and Shipwrecks: the Algiers Expedition (1541) and the Mystification of a Military Disaster
Running-Johnson, Cynthia World Languages and Literatures Contemporary French Theatre
Zarate-Sandez, German Spanish A longitudinal study of second language pronunciation development in two learning contexts

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Undergraduate Research Excellence Award

The Undergraduate Research Excellence Award provides undergraduate students at WMU with opportunities to take part in mentored research or creative activities with an externally funded faculty member.

Fall 2019 UREA

Student Department Mentor Description
Pratley, Hal Mechanical Engineering Muralidhar Ghantasala Sonar Doppler Blood Flow Monitor
Braun, Derek Mechanical Engineering Muralidhar Ghantasala Sonar Doppler Blood Flow Monitor
Miner, Mitchell Mechanical Engineering Jinseok Kim The Hanging 3D Printer
Brummel, Maximilian Mechanical Engineering Jinseok Kim Hang-Printer
Fenech, Stephen Electrical and Computer Engineering Massood Atashbar Development of a Dry, Flexible, Durable, and Wireless Athletic Electrocardiogram Smart Sleeve
Burnette, Blake Engineering Design  Technology Pavel Ikonomov High Precision Rotational Table
Wilkins, Nathan Manufacturing Engineering Technology Pavel Ikonomov 4 & 5 Axis Rotary Table
Reeves, Emily Comparative Religion Alisa Perkins Queer Muslim Online: The Development of Online Communities and Resources

Summer II 2019 UREA

Student Department Mentor Description
Noble, Charles Computer Science Wuwei Shen Assurance-Based Development and Validation for Auto Program Repairs
Trainor, Isabella Biology David Huffman Aldolase B in the Small Intestine

Spring 2019 UREA

Student Department Mentor Description
Al Maamuri, Ali Chemistry Gellert Mezei Influence of reactant stoichiometry on the composition of nanojar product mixtures
Berichon, Megan Nursing Mary Ann Stark Resilience in Bronson School of Nursing Empower Success Students
Birchfield, Devin Electrical Engineering Massood Atashbar Hand Motion Controlled Car using Flexible Hybrid Electronics
Blinkiewicz, Paige Biochemistry Jeremy Duncan Determining the Function of Gata3 and its Potential Role in Hearing Restoration
Cannella, Connor Aerospace Engineering Kathryn Docherty Constant Altitude Balloon and Flight Termination System
Collingwood, Joshua Biomedical Science Kelly Teske Synthesis of small molecule inhibitors targeting aberrant microRNA- 31 function
Geiger, Ryan Aerospace Engineering Jennifer Hudson Thermal Adaptation of a Vacuum Chamber
Goberville, Nicholas Mechanical Engineering Zachary Asher Linear Rail 3D Printing Robotic Arm
Herbert, Aaron Mechanical engineering Peter Gustafson Emergency Supply Power Bank
Jackson, Xavier Electrical Engineering Massood Atashbar Hand Motion Controlled Car using Flexible Hybrid Electronics
Johns, Anika Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Sume Devanga Generalization of Language to Everyday Conversations: An Aphasia Treatment Study
Kronback, Curt Aerospace Engineering Kathryn Docherty Design of a Constant Altitude Balloon and Flight Termination System
Mahmoud, Yara Hazen Electrical Engineering Damon Miller House Fire Preventative Device
Milburn, Even Mechanical Engineering Jennifer Hudson Attitude control
Murgia, Evangelia Geology Joyashish Thakurta An Experimental Investigation on the Origin of Hexagonal Columnar Structures in Surficial Rocks
Rosario, Yarielis Biomedical Sciences Wendy Beane The Effects of Weak Magnetic Fields on Planarian Regeneration
Salome, Austin Chemistry Gellert Mezei Synthesis of 1,3-bis(1H-pyrazole-3-yl)propane and the corresponding nanojars
Sienkiewicz, Nicholas Biochemistry/Choral Music Education Kelly Teske Synthesis and Evaluation of Small Molecule Modulators of Oncogenic miRNA Function
Steele, Thomas Mechanical Engineering Zachary Asher Robotic Arm and Slide Rail with 3D Printing Head
Steuer, Magdalena English/Creative Writing Brian Gogan The Treatment of Children and their Literature at the Turn of the Century
Taylor, Ryan Geography Adam Mathews Urban Tree Canopy Cover Change in Denver, Colorado, 2002-2012
Timmermann, Nicholas Aerospace Engineering Kristina Lemmer Balloon Altitude Control and Sampling System
Wendland, Jared Mechanical Engineering Peter Gustafson Emergency Relief Power Supply
Wilgenhof, Rachel Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Suma Devanga Collaborative Referencing in Wernicke's Aphasia

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