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 Awards Summary 2019-20
Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award $157,920
Faculty Research Travel Fund $125,189
Publication of Papers and Exhibition of Creative Works $26,745
Support for Faculty Scholars Award $32,016
Technology Development Fund $50,000
Undergraduate Research Excellence Award $26,438
Total $418,308

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.

2020-21 FRACAA

Name Department Project Title
Burns, Clement Physics Creating and Characterizing Novel Exotic Superconductors
Docherty, Kathryn Biological Sciences Influences of Urbanization on Airborne Microbial 
Doudna, Kimberly Family and Consumer Sciences The impact of self-care on longitudinal relations between adverse childhood experiences, current adverse experiences, depressive symptoms, and household food insecurity among university undergraduates
Downey, Allison Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies Research in Dominant Models of Applied Storytelling in Multiple Platforms
Duncan, Jeremy Biological Sciences Determining the Role of Gata3 in Inner Ear Neurons
Essani, Karim Biological Sciences Experimental immuno-oncolytic virotherapy of melanoma in immuno-competent mice
Gomez, Pablo Electrical and Computer Engineering Optimal design of high-voltage and high-frequency transformers for renewable energy integration
Koestler, Ben Biological Sciences Characterizing the role of Shigella c-di-GMP signaling in human infection
Kurth, Charles Philosophy Taming the Passions: Emotion Cultivation and the Development of Human Agency
Metro-Roland, Dini Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies The Impacts of Philosophical Discourse and Humanities-Based Subject Matter on College-Age Incarcerated Individuals

Mickus, Maureen

Co-PI: Dawn Smith

Occupational Therapy Forest-based Virtual Reality for Reducing Hypertension among African American Elders
Perkins, Alisa Comparative Religion Charity, and Volunteerism in Metro Detroit
Rathbun, Andrew School of Music Western Jazz Collective - Debut Recording

Salam, Abdus

Co-PI: Alexandra Pekarovicova

Chemical and Paper Engineering Soy water based flexo inks for food packaging
Sims, Lori Music Video of Debussy Preludes
Stull, Frederick Chemistry Unlocking the therapeutic potential of a nicotine-degrading enzyme

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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.

2020 TDF

Name Department Project Title Funded
Asher, Zachary Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Development of an Adverse Weather Operations Kit for Self-Driving Vehicles $25,000
Ross, Matthew Finance and Commercial Law Cash 'n' Careers User Interface Development $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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