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Previous Awards

  • Elizabeth Drescher receives $29,700 award from the Wabash Center.

    December 16, 2015

    Elizabeth Drescher from the Religious Studies Department has received a $29,700 award from the Wabash Center. These funds will be used to support the "Living Religions Collaborative Pedagogies Consultation" project. Along with her colleague, Philip Riley this project will be a yearlong online and on-site consultation among teaching scholars, religious practitioners, and media professions with the aim of developing a collaborative pedagogy of living religions for a media rich, digitally-integrated, religiously diverse world.

  • Jennifer Woolley receives $22,640 from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

    December 11, 2015

    Jennifer L. Woolley from the Business School has received a $22,640 award from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. These funds will support her research project "Women Founders of STEM Firms and Success Dynamics". The proposed research extends literature regarding entrepreneurship, technology development, and science and innovation policy.

  • Lynette Parker receives over $1M in Grants

    December 9, 2015

    Lynette Parker with the School of Law received an initial $50,000 award from the County of Santa Clara to enable the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center to provide legal services for unaccompanied minors and families with children. In November, the county awarded Lynette $1,032,000 to fund activities and services provided by the Law Center and five collaborative partner agencies designed to meet the needs of domestic and foreign human trafficking survivors. She received an additional $750,000 from the department of Justice partnering with agencies of the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking. Lynette also received $60,598 from the Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County as part of a grant by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to support "Immigrant Integration." The

  • Sarah Kate Wilson receives $11,609 from Memorial University of Newfoundland/Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

    December 9, 2015

    Sarah Kate Wilson has received $11,609 in additional subaward funding from Memorial University of Newfoundland (funds originated from Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) to provide continued support for her "OmOptics - Signal Processing for Optical OFDM" project. The overall project includes four major technical activities, namely: 1) Signal processing for optical OFDM; 2) Forward error correction (FEC) for optical OFDM; 3) Single-input multiple-output (SIMO)-optical and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO)-optical OFDM; 4) System architecture and prototype.

  • Angelo Collins (Education and Counseling Psychology) has received $1,150,534 from the Sobrato Family Foundation to support "Excellence in Catholic Education and Leadership".

    November 10, 2015

    This three-year award, which is the result of collaboration by many individuals, will support the School of Education and Counseling Psychology in the implementation of the Excellence in Catholic Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Program. ExCEL is designed to increase the number of high-quality credentialed teachers serving Catholic School classrooms in the Diocese of San Jose and other local dioceses. Focusing on schools that enroll a high proportion of under-represented Latino children, ExCEL adapts an innovative operational model pioneered by the University Consortium for Catholic Education (UCCE) that helps overcome traditional barriers to attracting and retaining top college graduates to Catholic school teaching careers. This residence-based model creates a pathway for aspiring teachers

  • Sherry Wang receives $29,215 from the University of Mississippi

    October 27, 2015

    Sherry Wang with Counseling and Psychology has received a $29,215 subaward from the University of Mississippi (funds originated from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The project is entitled: “Building on a culturally-sensitive network for PCOR/CER dissemination”. The aims of this project are to better understand, implement, and disseminate comparative effectiveness research findings that are sensitive to the needs of the African American communities living in the rural Mississippi Delta. A major focus of this engagement project is to develop approaches by which residents of the community can contribute to the participation in and dissemination of research, and in ways that builds on their cultural strengths.

  • Sally Wood receives $35,002 from SA Photonics

    August 25, 2015

    Sally Wood from the Electrical Engineering Department has received a $35,002 subaward from the SA Photonics (funds originated from US Air Force Research Lab). Funds will support the PI and a graduate student in the development of low latency image fusion algorithms for use in a next generation vision processor.

  • Chris Bacon receives $272,555 from the National Science Foundation

    August 10, 2015

    ​Chris Bacon from the Environmental Studies and Sciences Department​ has received a $272,555 grant from the National Science Foundation. These funds will support​ a project titled "RUI: GSS: Coping with Food and Water Insecurity: Producing Vulnerability or Resilient Responses to the Coffee Leaf Rust Outbreak and Mesoamerican Drought?" The project will develop an integrated assessment of smallholders’ food and water insecurity and analyze the factors that contribute to livelihood resilience as multiple hazards converge in Central America. Chris will coordinate an interdisciplinary team that includes Bill Sundstrom, Iris Stewart-Frey and Ed Maurer as well as the active participation of students and Nicaraguan farmers. The findings will inform global efforts to link climate adaption and

  • Betty Young receives $1.4M from UC Berkley (NSF Program)

    July 10, 2015

    Betty Young (Physics) has received a 4 year subaward from the University of​ California Berkeley to support her SCU group's work on the SuperCDMS SNOLAB experiment,​ which employs superconducting thin films patterned onto ultra-high-purity germanium (Ge) and silicon (Si) crystals to detect the ionization and phonon signals produced by particle​ interaction in the crystals.

  • Eric Tillman receives $70,000 from the American Chemical Society

    April 20, 2016

    Eric Tillman with the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department has received a $​70,000 award from the American Chemical Society. These funds will support Eric's research project "Stereoregular Vinyl Polymer Prepared by Reversible-Deactivation Radical Polymerization." The goal of this research is to take advantage of intermolecular interactions between electron ​rich and electron deficient aromatic faces of monomers to affect both the rate of their ​polymerization and the stereochemical makeup of the resulting polymer.

  • Elizabeth Dahlhoff receives $432,568 from the National Science Foundation

    January 29, 2016

    Elizabeth Dahlhoff from the Biology Department has received a grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $432,568 which includes funding for undergraduates. These funds will support her project entitled "RUI: Collaborative Research: Adaptive Significance of Genomic Variation in a Montane Insect". This project will develop and use genomic and transcriptomic tools to gain mechanistic insights into the genetic basis of adaptation to temperature and atmospheric oxygen in the Sierra willow leaf beetle Chrysomela aeneicollis.

  • Caroline Chen receives $95,000 from the International Revenue Service

    February 23, 2016

    Caroline Chen with the School of Law has received a $95,000 award from the Internal Revenue Service. This award is to continue the Santa Clara University Law School Low Income Tax Clinic services (LITC). The LITC provides services for individual, sole proprietor and single-person S. corporation taxpayers in any federal tax controversy, provided the income limit is satisfied and the LITC has sufficient capacity and expertise to represent the client effectively.

  • Cynthia Mertens receives $47,600 from the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Program

    February 25, 2016

    ​Cynthia Mertens with the School of Law has received a $25,460 grant from the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Program - Equal Access Fund to support the Alexander Community Law Center Legal Assistance for Consumer Rights and an additional $22,140 grant from State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Program - IOLTA Fund. These grants work to provide assistance to low-income individuals, composed largely of limited-English-speaking immigrants who require assistance in obtaining information, advice, and legal representation for problems involving consumer protection including auto fraud, unfair credit and debt collection practices.

  • Lee Panich receives $105,000 from the National Science Foundation

    February 29, 2016

    Dr. Panich will direct a collaborative research project to understand how Native American societies persisted under Euro-American colonialism. Working in conjunction with Tsim Schneider, of the University of California Santa Cruz, and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, the researchers will provide training in archaeological methods to tribal scholars as well as university students. The investigators will work closely with the tribe and local landowners to use the results of the project to develop culturally sensitive stewardship guidelines and public interpretive materials.

  • Jennifer Woolley receives $263,000 from the National Science Foundation

    March 3, 2016

    Jennifer Woolley (Management) with the Leavey School of Business) has received a $263,249 award from the National Science Foundation to support her "RUI: Examining Nascent Technology Firm Use of Business Development Programs" project. This study develops a deeper understanding of early stage firm participation in venture development programs by determining how and why entrepreneurs use these programs, examining how development programs influence firm outcomes, and identifying the most useful elements of each type of program.

  • John Ifcher receives $54,200 from the Russell Safe Foundation

    March 11, 2016

    John Ifcher (Economics) has received a $52,400 award from the Russell Sage Foundation to support his project "Behavioral-Economic Phenomena in Group Decision and Decision for Others". In collaboration with Dr. Homa Zharghamee of Barnard College and Dr. Jeremy Shapiro at the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, the research will examine discrepancies in the decision-making of individuals on behalf of themselves, individuals on behalf of others, and groups.

  • Hari Mix receives $110,000 from the National Science Foundation

    March 16, 2016

    Hari Mix (Environmental Studies and Sciences) has received a $109,982 award from the National Science Foundation. The project, entitled, “RAPID: Investigating the mechanisms driving extreme precipitation in atmospheric rivers with an integrated stable isotope and aerosol chemistry approach,” examines precipitation in major California storms during this winter’s El Niño event. Dr. Mix leads a team of three SCU students as well as collaborators at Scripps/UC San Diego and NOAA to analyze how dust, moisture and mountains interact to fuel powerful storms.

  • Hisham Said receives $30,000 from the ELECTRI International

    March 29, 2016

    Hisham Said with the Civil Engineering Department has received a $29,880 contract from ELECTRI International to support his project "Identifying BIM Related Costs Due to Changes". The contract will involve studying the impacts of ill-managed design changes on the cost performance of developing reliable building information models (BIM) of electrical construction, and performing BIM-related tasks of engineering, site layout, and prefabrication.

  • Ed Maurer receives $71,250 from the U.S. Department of Energy

    May 6, 2016

    Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering) has received a $71,250 award from the U.S. Department of Energy. This is part of a larger research project "Developing Metrics to Evaluate the Skill and Credibility of Downscaling" led by UCLA with other collaborators at UCSD and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. The aim is to develop metrics for a systematic and definitive evaluation of the performance of downscaling techniques using hydrologic modeling.