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$113,795
Faculty Research Travel Fund$141,781
Publication of Papers and Exhibition of Creative Works$31,580
Support for Faculty Scholars Award$15,259
Technology Development Fund$50,000
Undergraduate Research Excellence Award$12,580

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

NameDepartmentProject Title
Ari-Gur, Pnina; Elise DeDonckerMechanical and Aerospace EngineeringArtificial Intelligence for Smarter Additive Manufacturing
Asumadu, JohnsonElectrical and Computer EngineeringMagnetic Nanoparticle-based Gyroscopic Sensor
Atilhan, MertChemical and Paper EngineeringNovel Solvents for Biomass Treatment in Pulp and Paper Industries
Beasley, WilliamEconomicsMichigan Coastal Management:  Erosion Damage and Spillovers
Bhattacharjee, ShameekComputer ScienceTowards a Unified Framework for Preserving Security and Privacy of Smart Home IoT
Chapleau, AnnOccupational TherapyGoal Scaling Solutions CARE for Students (GSS CARES)
Crotchett, CatFrostic School of ArtTethered – intangible relationships realized through abstracted pattern
Devanga, SumaSpeech, Language and Hearing SciencesFeasibility of Group Collaborative Referencing Intervention for Aphasia
Durbin, SteveElectrical and Computer EngineeringInvestigation of Disorder in Niobium Based Superconductors
Gupta, AjayComputer ScienceNAS De Novo Peptide Sequencing
Heasley, LynneInstitute of the Environment and SustainabilityEnvironmental 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, JonAnthropology/IIASContradictions of Peace: A Comparative Study of War and Memory in Three Contexts
Christian, Sue EllenCommunicationsThe Media and News Literacy Museum Project
Kim, JinseokMechanical and Aerospace EngineeringDetermining the Material Properties of Metallic Components Using an Instrumented Micro-Indentation Test and Machine Learning Technique
Lu, YanBiological SciencesFunctions of NFU-type Iron-Sulfur Carriers in the Mitochondrion
Owen, GingerFrostic School of ArtHeritage Habitats: fusing Eastern and Western methods of storytelling
Pietras, CynthiaPsychologyEffects of Nature Imagery on Human Decision Making and Pro-environmental Choices
Smith, BrookePsychologyThe Interaction of Fear and Avoidance as an Avenue to Improving Treatment of Anxiety
The, Yu-LienSchool of MusicDiversifying the Repertoire of Teaching Pieces for Young Pianists
Weller, BridgetSocial WorkA 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.

2022 SFSA

NameDepartmentProject title

Cat Crotchett

ArtGolden Foundation for the Arts Residency
Angela GrovesNursingA hypertension feasibility study for African American women
Daniel Macfarlane        Environment and Sustainability

The Lowest Great Lake: An Environmental History of Lake Ontario

Tabitha Mingus  Mathematics

Using Student Feedback to Improve the Value of Desmos Activities for Students

Maria RocheDeanNursing

Recruiting Racial and Ethnic Minority Nurses for Stress Research Measured via Hair Cortisol Concentration

Gail RouscherAviation

Student learning in laboratory setting: Does the outcome change with mode of viewing medium?

Eli RubinHistory

History  Arc of Destruction: War and Urban Space in Germany 1937-1945--Chapter Four "An Everyday Life and Spatial History of the Taking of Berlin"

Chen WangManagement

What does it mean to be authentic in the workplace?

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Technology Development Fund

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

2021 TDF

NameProject TitleFunded
Gomez, PabloDevelopment of Transmission Line Fault Location Technology for Electric Power Systems$25,000
Sawalha, LinaOptimization 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.

Summer II & FALL 2022 UREA

ApplicantMajorFaculty MentorMentor's DepartmentProposal Title
Alexander AnthonyMechanical EngineeringMuralidhar GhantasalaMAE

Formula SAE Suspension Research and Validation

David BoktorMechanical EngineeringBade ShresthaME Maglev Garage Door
Sean DaveyEDMMPavel IkonomovEDMMUpdate of Welder on 3D Hybrid Metal Printer
Austin FecteauMechanical EngineeringParviz MeratiME 

Sonar Doppler Blood Flow Sensor

John GetsonBiochemistryGellert MezeiChemistrySynthesis of pyrazole based macrocycle
Katherine GiustinoSpeech Pathology and AudiologySuma DevangaSLHSFeasibility of Group Collaborative Referencing Intervention for Aphasia 
Collin Howard Mechanical EngineeringClaudia Fajardo-HansfordMAE

FSAE Engine Research

Jared HughesElectrical EngineeringMassood AtashbarECEWireless Smart Sticker
Mitch MacDermaidMechanical EngineeringMuralidhar GhantasalaMAEFSAE Instrumentation and Validation
Samantha MazurkiewiczMAEBade ShresthaMAE

Optimization of ACS Closing Machine

Emmanuel OladipupoMechanical EngineeringPnina Ari-GurME

White Cane: Shoe Sole Module

Tyler PiskeChemistryFrederick StullBiochemistryThe Kinetic Profile of NicA2 at Varying pH
Victoria SchreckFlute PerformanceMartha Councell-VargasFlute

In Bloom:  Mixed Media Junior Flute Recital

Connor SeifertMechanical EngineeringJinseok KimMAEGarage Door with Maglev Technology
Samuel SinickiEngineering Design TechnologyPavel IkonomovEDMMAutomatic Welding Tool Changer
Firzana SyazaniaPsychologyAmy DamashekPsychology

Impact of Cultural Perceptions of Education on Mental Health Outcomes Among Asian and Asian American Students

Nuha TerkanComputer EngineeringMassood AtashbarECE

Smart Insole for Gait and Mobility Analysis

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