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 Funding Summary
Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award $171,268
Faculty Research Travel Fund $2,849
Publication of Papers and Exhibition of Creative Works $20,997
Support for Faculty Scholars Award $19,185
Technology Development Fund $50,000
Undergraduate Research Excellence Award $21,923
Total $286,222

Award amounts have been rounded to the nearest dollar.

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Past award recipients

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award
Support for Faculty Scholars Award
Technology Development Fund
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.

2021-22 FRACAA

Name Department Project Title
Ari-Gur, Pnina; Elise DeDoncker Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Artificial Intelligence for Smarter Additive Manufacturing
Asumadu, Johnson Electrical and Computer Engineering Magnetic Nanoparticle-based Gyroscopic Sensor
Atilhan, Mert Chemical and Paper Engineering Novel Solvents for Biomass Treatment in Pulp and Paper Industries
Beasley, William Economics Michigan Coastal Management:  Erosion Damage and Spillovers
Bhattacharjee, Shameek Computer Science Towards a Unified Framework for Preserving Security and Privacy of Smart Home IoT
Chapleau, Ann Occupational Therapy Goal Scaling Solutions CARE for Students (GSS CARES)
Crotchett, Cat Frostic School of Art Tethered – intangible relationships realized through abstracted pattern
Devanga, Suma Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Feasibility of Group Collaborative Referencing Intervention for Aphasia
Durbin, Steve Electrical and Computer Engineering Investigation of Disorder in Niobium Based Superconductors
Gupta, Ajay Computer Science NAS De Novo Peptide Sequencing
Heasley, Lynne Institute of the Environment and Sustainability Environmental Histories in the Alvar Landscapes of Drummond and Manitoulin Islands: Toward new insights on relationships between biodiversity protection and environmental justice in the Great Lakes
Holtzman, Jon Anthropology/IIAS Contradictions of Peace: A Comparative Study of War and Memory in Three Contexts
Christian, Sue Ellen Communications The Media and News Literacy Museum Project
Kim, Jinseok Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Determining the Material Properties of Metallic Components Using an Instrumented Micro-Indentation Test and Machine Learning Technique
Lu, Yan Biological Sciences Functions of NFU-type Iron-Sulfur Carriers in the Mitochondrion
Owen, Ginger Frostic School of Art Heritage Habitats: fusing Eastern and Western methods of storytelling
Pietras, Cynthia Psychology Effects of Nature Imagery on Human Decision Making and Pro-environmental Choices
Smith, Brooke Psychology The Interaction of Fear and Avoidance as an Avenue to Improving Treatment of Anxiety
The, Yu-Lien School of Music Diversifying the Repertoire of Teaching Pieces for Young Pianists
Weller, Bridget Social Work A Behavioral Intervention to Promote Mental Health Among Multiracial Emerging Adults

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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 2020 SFSA

Name Department Project title
Abendschein, Bryan School of Communication The Influence of Zoomorphic Robots on Stress and Well-Being in Post-Traumatic Brain Injury Relationships
Councell-Vargas, Martha School of Music Flute of Three Fires: Native American Flute Traditions of Southwest Michigan and the Great Lakes Region
Gerlach, Hope Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Concealment of Stuttering and the "Divided Self"
Gu, Chien-Juh Sociology Rohingya Refugees' Social Adaptation in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Hartenberger, Britt Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies Microdebris Analysis of a Classical Household at Ancient Olynthos, Greece
Venter, Andre Chemistry Quantitation of bittering compounds in hops and beer
Wilson, Patrick Frostic School of Art Solo Exhibition - Black Tent Transit

FALL 2019 SFSA  

Name Department Project title
Triplett, Kyle Frostic School of Art Low-Fire Porcelain for 3D Printing Applications
Eng, Jacqueline Biological Sciences Skeletal and 3D geometric morphometric analysis of human vertebral trauma: characterizing traumata and identifying demographic patterns
Lemmer, Kristina Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Measuring electron density and temperature in nanosecond pulsed plasma gap discharges
Berkhofer, Robert History Uses of Evidence in Eadmer’s Historia novorum
Crotchett, Cat Frostic School of Art Abstract Pattern Relief Juxtapositions in Wax
Bischof, Gary Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Mental Health and Wellness for College Students of Color
Yang, Li Geography Heritage Tourism in Historic Towns: Development Issues and Planning Opportunities
Davis, Jon Mathematics Understanding the Construction and Enactment of Technology-Based Mathematics Lessons Involving High Cognitive Demand Tasks
Choudhury, Alamgir Engineering Design, Manufacturing and Management Systems Parameter characterization for pump efficiency in a hydraulic system
Pattison, Kelley Bronson School of Nursing Assessing Caregiver Burden in Heart Failure Patients Who Are Caregivers of Family Members

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Technology Development Fund

WMU research supports commercialization efforts at WMU through the Technology Development Fund.

2021 TDF

Name Project Title Funded
Gomez, Pablo Development of Transmission Line Fault Location Technology for Electric Power Systems $25,000
Sawalha, Lina Optimization of Hybrid 3D Metal Printer Process Using Machine Learning $25,000

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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.


Applicant Major Faculty Mentor Mentor's Department Proposal Title
Chen, Sydney Biomedical Science Christine Byrd-Jacobs Biological Science Comparison of Zebrafish Responses to Various Odorants
Getson, John Biochemistry Kelly Teske Chemistry  Development of phenylisoxazole sulfonamide-based small molecule inhibitors of miR-31 expression
Heatherly, Samantha Civil Engineering Upul Attanayake Civil and Construction Engineering Research Grant for the Study of Material Deterioration and Structural Failures of Hard Surfaces
Kuhns, Makenzie Biochemistry Kelly Teske Chemistry  Development of Small Molecule Inhibitors Modulating microRNA-31 function
Martin, David Mechanical Engineering Kristina Lemmer Mechanical and Aerospace Department Hall Thruster with Magnetic Shielding
McGee-Sinclair, Ron Mechanical Engineering Kristina Lemmer Mechanical and Aerospace Department  Retrofitting a Low-Cost Hall Effect Thruster with Magnetic Shielding 
Mumby, Elizabeth Biochemistry Ricky Stull Chemistry Desulfurization of Organic Solvents 
Walker, Molly Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Suma Devanga Department of Speech-Language Pathology Collaborative Referencing in Primary Progressive Aphasia


Applicant Major Faculty Mentor Mentor's Department Proposal Title
Alderman, Megan Biology Sharon Gill Biological Sciences Interspecific Competition for Acoustic Space in Resident Bird Species

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