Faculty Awarded Research Seed Funding
Proposals by four faculty members will be supported with seed money under a new program in the college to encourage research that can garner external funding.
Eleven proposals were received for grant consideration under the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy Research Support Program. After review by a COSSPP committee of faculty and staff, the following faculty were awarded support:
• Assistant Professor Luke Boosey (Economics): experiments to study the interrelationship between cooperation and social network formation
• Assistant Professor Stephanie Pau (Geography): analysis of the phenological responses (flowering, fruiting, and leafing) of tree species to climatic variability
• Assistant Professor Tian Tang (Public Administration): examination of mechanisms local governments use to coordinate the various agencies that manage critical urban infrastructures in hurricane disaster recovery
• Assistant Professor Miranda Waggoner (Sociology): research tracing the origins and consequences of including pregnant women in biomedical studies
Each of the proposals will receive $5,000 in seed funding from the college. The four principal investigators will be conducting their research in the summer 2019 and reporting on their results and funding progress in fall 2019.
“The range and scope of the research support proposals we received in response to our inaugural competition was extremely impressive,” said COSSPP Associate Dean for Research Mark Horner. “Our faculty are working on solving some of society’s most challenging problems. Our new research support program will help advance their excellent ideas and lead to effective, evidence-based solutions.”