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Academic Enrichment Grants

The Office of International Affairs awarded more than $150,000 as part of its 2015-2016 Academic Enrichment Grant competition, which supports Ohio State’s Discovery Themes, faculty and student research and the development of new education abroad programs. The grant competition, with separate tracks for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students, was sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, the Office of Research, PHPID, the Office of Undergraduate Education and the China Gateway.

2015-2016 Academic Enrichment Grant Awardees

Faculty Research

  • Alexandra Borstad, School of Health and Rehabilitation Science
    Making Innovative Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury Sustainable in an Underserved Region of Mexico
    Grant: $7,000 (Mexico)
  • Qian Chen, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
    Collaborative Rsearch: Recycling Industrial Wastes in "Green" Building Wall Materials
    Grant: $4,000 (China)
  • Eugenia Costa-Giomi, Department of Music
    Infant Soundscapes: Growing Up Musical
    Grant: $6,000 (Tanzania)
  • Theodora Dragostinova, Departments of Anthropology, History and Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures
    Immigrants and Refugees: Comparative Experiences in Europe and Turkey
    Grant: $8,000 (Europe and Turkey)
  • Juno Salazar Parrenas, Department of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
    Decolonizing Extinction: An Ethnography of Orangutan Rehabilitiation
    Grant: $4,200 (Malaysia - Borneo)
  • Mazeika Sullivan, School of Environment and Natural Resources
    Linking Environmental Changea nd Aquatic Biodiversity in Amazon River Floodplains
    Grant: $6,000 (Colombia, Brazil, Peru)
  • Juliet White-Smith, School of Music
    The OSU-Vietnam Cultural Outreach Music Project
    Grant: $5,000 (Vietnam)

Graduate Student Research

  • Barbara Betz, Department of Anthropology
    Social Differentiation, Resource Stress and Neolithic Site Abandonment: An Examination of Dental markers of Disease and Malnutrition in Early Childhood at Neolithic Catalhoyuk
    Grant: $3,000 (Turkey)
  • Matthew Bright, School of Environment and Natural Resources
    Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungal Diversity and Nitrogen Transfer in a Shrub-Millet Intercropping Agroecosystem of Sengal
    Grant: $5,000 (Senegal)
  • Yeliz Cavus, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
    The Formation of Modern Historical Consciousness in Late Ottoman and Early Republican Turkish Historical Narratives, 1840s - 1930s
    Grant: $4,000 (Turkey)
  • Elizabeth Gardiner, Department of Anthroopology
    Impacts of Social Relations on the Privatization of Communal Farmland and Implications for Food Security in Burkina Faso
    Grant: $5,000 (Burkina Faso)
  • George Grant, School of Earth Sciences, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center
    Reconstructing Pliocene Ecosystem using Biomarkers and Macrofossils
    Grant: $3,000 (Canadian High Arctic)
  • Marissa Kaloga, College of Social Work
    Mapping Women's Savings Networks: Comparing Micro-credit Solidarity Groups and Locally Based Tontines
    Grant: $3,000 (Guinea)
  • Erin Kane, Department of Anthropology
    Primate-Human Interaction, Parasite Load and Potential for Zoonotic Disease Transmission in West Avfrica
    Grant: $3,000 (Cote d'lvoire)
  • Richard Oldham, School of Envirionment and Natural Resources
    Investigating the Role of Dissovled Oxygen and Turbidity on the Behavior of an African Cichlid Fish
    Grant: $3,500 (Uganda)
  • Tsz-Him Tsui, Department of Linguistics
    Perception and Production of Seiyap Chinese Consonants
    Grant: $3,000 (China)

Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Disease

  • Jiyoung Lee, Environmental Health Sciences
    Rebecca Garabed, Veterinary Preventive Medicine
    Mark Moritz and Barbara Piperata, Department of Anthropology
    Zoonotic Diarrheal Disease Transmission (Ethiopia)
  • Kurt Stevenson, Internal Medicine and Epidemiology, Division of Infectious Diseases
    Evaluating Antimicrobial Resistance and Promoting Antibiotic Optimization (Gondar, Ethiopia)
  • Chad Rappleye, Microbiology / Microbial Infection and Immunity
    Amelioration of Epizootic Lymphangitis Among Equine Animals (Ethiopia)
  • Peter Piermarini, Entomology
    An Integrative Approach to Understanding the Emergence of Mosquito-borne Dengue and Chikungunya Viruses (Veracruz, Mexico)
  • Rebecca Garabed, Veterinary Preventive Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine
    Curriculum for Tropical Animal Husbandry and Health (Education Abroad in Cameroon)

Education Abroad

  • Ola Ahlqvist, Department of Geography
    Mapping Our World - Sweden
    Grant: $5,000 (Sweden)
  • Jesse Kwick, Department of Microbiology; Professor Dow, Department of History
    Understanding the Impact of HIV on Health and Society
    Grant: $7,500 (East Africa)
  • Danielle Schoon, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
    Between Europe and the Middle East
    Grant: $5,000 (Turkey) - postponed
  • Steven Dickstein, Department of Management Sciences
    Fisher Short-Term Study Abroad to China
    Grant: $4,000 (China)
  • Linda Weaver, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering
    Reimagining Our Built Infrastructure as Resilient and Sustainable
    Grant: $4,000 (Italy)

China Gateway Research Seed Grant

  • Lingying Zhao, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
    Agricultural Energy and the Environment: China-U.S.
    Grant: $20,000 (China)
  • Shu-Hua Wang, Department of Internal Medicine
    Establishing a New Unique Partnership Between The Ohio State University and China Global One-Health Partners
    Grant: $20,000 (China)

Undergraduate Research

  • Cody McClain, majoring in Agriscience Education
    The Changing Meaning of Storytelling in Ghanaian Culture
    Grant: $3,000 (Ghana)
  • Matt Schneider, majoring in History
    The New Frontier: Post-Colonial Nationhood and Transnational Conversation in the Kavango-Zambezi Basin
    Grant: $8,000 (Zambia/Zimbabwe)
  • Sandy Sechang, majoring in City and Regional Planning
    Among Houses and Syrian Refugees
    Grant: $5,500 (Germany)