Previous Collaborative Research Grants

2014 Collaborative Research Grants

Systems Biology

  • Dr. David Luther was awarded a collaborative grant with Virginia Tech to study the impacts of conservation actions on the population trends of endangered species.
  • Drs. Monique van Hoek and Barney Bishop were awarded a collaborative grant with James Madison University to study antimicrobial activity in the bedbug, Cimex lectularius.

Civil, Environmental & Infrastructure Engineering

  • Dr. Deborah Goodings was awarded a grant to create a summer recruitment program for future civil engineering graduate students.

Environmental Science and Policy

  • Dr. Changwoo Ahn was awarded a grant to study patterns of hydrology, plant community and soil biogeochemistry to restore ecosystem services at Huntley Meadows Park.

Geography and Geoinformation Sciences

  • Drs. David Lattanzi and Laura Kosuglu were awarded a grant to develop civil engineering course modules utilizing 3-D printing technology.
  • Dr. Paul Houser was awarded a grant to develop a multi-disciplinary George Mason Water Forum web site.

Mathematical Sciences

  • Dr. Evelyn Sander and Dr. Chris Manon were awarded a collaborative grant with James Madison University to redesign Calculus I and III using mathematical software and 3-D printing technology.
  • Drs. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer and Claudette Davis were awarded a grant to conduct a STEM Boot Camp to engage incoming STEM majors.

Office of the Provost

  • Dr. Andrew Wingfield received a grant to lay the groundwork for a new Center for Sustainable Solutions (CSS) at George Mason.

Proteometrics and Molecular Medicine

  • Drs. Lance Liotta, Virginia Espina, Cara Frankenfeld and Amy Vanmeter-Adams MS, were awarded a grant to support the 2014 Mason Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP).
  • Drs. Virginia Espina, Lance Liotta, Alessandra Luchini, Claudius Mueller and Amy Vanmeter-Adams MS were awarded a grant to create an interactive, enquiry-guided course to enhance STEM retention.

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation and The Mason Accelerator Program

  • Drs. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Reid Schwebach, Karen Dalfrey and Alonso Aguirre were awarded a grant to conduct a summer Governor’s School program at The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation.

2015 Collaborative Research Grants

College of Education and Human Development

  • Drs. Anna Evmenova and Margaret Weiss – a collaborative grant with the University of Virginia to create CAPS (Content Acquisition Podcasts) in order to teach educators across Virginia utilization of CAPS as effective learning tools

College of Health and Human Services

  • Dr. Sina Gallo – a matching grant with Virginia Tech to develop an Interactive Human Body Digital Reusable Learning Object (RLO)

College of Humanities and Social Science

  • Dr. Kelly Schrum, Jennifer Rosenfeld, MA, Dr. Anthony Pellegrino, Celeste Tùròng Vy Sharpe, Nathan Sleeter, James McCartney – a follow-up grant to create and implement a new hybrid course: Teaching Hidden History

College of Science

  • Dr. Changwoo Ahn – a grant to create a floating wetland for sustainable storm water management
  • Drs. Cynthia Smith, Dr. Wendy Wagner, Dr. Paul Houser, Richard Friesner, Elizabeth Striano – collaborative grant with James Madison University to study wind energy and create a watershed action partnership
  • Dr. Paul Houser, Lisa LaCivita MS, Fernanda Craig, MS, Kathleen Copeland-Fish, Bernadette LeMasters MS – a follow-up grant to further develop the multidisciplinary George Mason Water Forum
  • Drs. Lance Liotta, Virginia Espina, Cara Frankenfeld and Amy Vanmeter-Adams MS – a follow-up grant to support the 2015 Mason Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP)
  • Dr. Lance Liotta – a matching grant with Virginia Tech to study stem cell-seeded tendon scaffolds in a dynamic bioreactor
  • Dr. Shobita Satyapal – a collaborative grant with James Madison University to research the origins of super massive black holes
  • Drs. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Claudette Davis, Reid Schwebach, Charles Madden, Larry Rockwood, Mary Ewell, Mary Nelson, John Schreifels – a follow-up grant to conduct a second STEM Boot Camp to engage incoming STEM majors
  • Drs. Reid Schwebach, Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Karen Dalfrey, and Nektaria Tryfona – a collaborative grant with James Madison University to investigate phage ecology as a summer research experience for undergraduate and Governor’s School high school students
  • Drs. Monique van Hoek and Barney Bishop- a follow-up collaborative grant with James Madison University to study antimicrobial peptides in the bedbug, Cimex lectularius

Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

  • Dr. Theodore Dumas – a collaborative grant with the University of Virginia to study functional properties of NMDA receptors in genetically-encoded chimeras
  • Dr. Nadine Kabbani – a grant to study mechanisms of susceptibility to nicotine addiction in adolescents

Volgenau School of Engineering

  • Drs. Celso Ferreira and Paul Houser – a collaborative grant with Virginia Tech, James Madison University and University of Virginia to create the Mason Water Data Information System (MWDIS)

2016 Collaborative Research Grants

College of Education and Human Development

  • Drs. Andrew Gilbert and Cynthia Smith (College of Science) – a collaborative grant with James Madison University to develop a STEM course focused on energy literacy

College of Humanities and Social Science

  • Drs. Kelly Schrum and Anthony Pellegrino, Nathan Sleeter, James McCartney,Joo Ah Lee, Caroline Kelley – a follow-up grant to further develop and deliver the hybrid shared course: Teaching Hidden History
  • Dr. Alison Landsberg – a complementary grant with Virginia Tech to provide undergraduate researchers the opportunity to study history, digital humanities and data analytics
  • Dr. Thomas Wood – a collaborative grant with James Madison University to provide pre-service and in-service teachers outdoor classroom learning to address STEM challenges

College of Science

  • Dr. Changwoo Ahn – a complementary grant with Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech to study biological nitrogen removal of storm water
  • Dr. Changwoo Ahn – a follow-up grant to study the floating wetland as a natural water bioremediation agent and nutrient source for food production
  • Dr. Claudette Davis – a grant to support math readiness and STEM boot camps for rising freshman STEM majors
  • Dr. Paul Houser, Niloo Ganjalizadeh, Andrew Sachs, Chanel Tiffany Hardy and Lisa LaCivita – a follow-up grant to further develop the Mason Water Forum
  • Drs. Lance Liotta, Virginia Espina, Cara Frankenfeld and Amy VanMeter-Adams MS – a follow-up grant to support the 2016 Mason Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP)
  • Dr. Julia Nord – a collaborative grant with James Madison to investigate the mineralogy of a high-grade metamorphic iron-formation
  • Dr. Philip Rubin – a complementary grant with James Madison University to promote nuclear and particle physics collaboration among Virginia colleges
  • Dr. Shobita Satyapal – a follow-up collaborative grant with James Madison University to research the origins of super massive black holes
  • Drs. Reid Schwebach, Anne Scherer and Pat Gillevet – a follow-up collaborative grant with James Madison University to further investigate phage ecology as a summer research experience for undergraduate and Governor’s School high school students
  • Drs. Cynthia Smith, Dr. Paul Houser, Richard Friesner, and Katherine Rowan – a follow-up collaborative grant with James Madison University to study wind energy and create a watershed action partnership
  • Drs. Monique van Hoek, Pat Gillevet and Robert Jonas – a collaborative grant with Old Dominion University to map Virginia’s hidden world; bacteria in the Chesapeake waterways

Volgenau School of Engineering

  • Dr. Aditya Johri – a complementary grant with Virginia Tech to examine how aptitudes, interests and direct manipulation of mechanical objects (physical and virtual) influence learning and performance in engineering
  • Dr. Nathalia Peixoto – a collaborative grant with Old Dominion University to provide a hands-on hybrid graduate experience to study brain computer interfaces
  • Dr. Colin Reagle – a complementary grant with James Madison University to further develop a thermodynamics course redesign
  • Dr. Burak Tanyu – a collaborative grant with Virginia Tech to study the effect of temperature change on the erosion of soils