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Niagara University Research Council: Summer Research Award

Grant Application

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2017 Summer Research Award Application

Deadline: October 31, 2016


Summer Research Award

The University funds 15 summer research awards in the amount of $5,200 each. An important aim of the program is to provide seed money for projects that can lead to external funding. One of 15 summer stipends is reserved for a special theme:

Scholarship of Teaching Grant: This grant was established to recognize the importance of teaching at Niagara University.


Previous Recipients

Summer 2016

Dr. Sherri Cianca
STEM A Practical Guide to Unpacking, Teaching, and Assessing Common Core Standards. Heat.

Dr. Michelle Ciminelli
Supporting Children's Play: An Investigation of Local Playgrounds     

Dr. Philip Collington
"Smiling at Grief": Envy in Twelfth Night          

Dr. Michael Durfee
Crack Era Reform: Race, Rights, and the Rise of Mass Incarceration    

Dr. Mustafa Gokcek
Reformist or Traditionalist? A Late Ottoman Muslim Intellectual: Babanzade Ahmed Naim   

Dr. Talia Harmon
An Empirical Analysis of the Causes of the Astounding Decline in Death Sentences in the United States 

Dr. Chang Huh 
Examining the Dimensions of Quality in Hospitality Management Education: A Student Perspective        

Dr. John Keller
Cause, Choice, and Chance

Dr. Abigail Levin           
Close Encounters in Mediated Nature: The Life and Death of Cecil the Lion            

Dr. Joel Louwsma
Stable commutator length in surface groups   

Dr. Chad Mangum
Fermionic Representations of Twisted Toroidal Lie Algebras   

Dr. Esteban Mayorga
A Journey to the Galapagos: the Rhetorical Genesis of Paradise         

Dr. Anna McNab          
Strategic Agility: A Framework for Strategic Planning Built For Competitive Business Using Agile Methods 

Dr. Steve Petersen        
Superintelligence as Superethical         

Dr. Doug Tewksbury
Online-Offline Collaboration, Participation, and Community-Building in Cooperative Makerspaces  


Summer 2015

Dr. Sherriann Cianca 
Developing a Framework for Educative STEM Curriculum Design

Dr. Michelle Ciminelli
Learning with iPads: High School Students’ Perspectives

Dr. Kenneth Culton
Exploring the Prepper Community

Dr. Dennis Garland 
Virtual Feedback of Behavior Specific Praise to Staff of a Special Needs Summer Camp

Dr. Talia Harmon 
Post-Furhman Death Row Exonerations and Publicity in the News 

Dr. Jinyan Huang
Fairly Assessing P-12 English Language Learners’ English Writing: Implications for Classroom Teachers and Policy Makers

Dr. John Keller
Semantic Anti-Realism

Dr. Abigail Levin, Dr. Jamie Carr, and Dr.  Timothy Osberg
Mindfulness Practices in The First Year Seminar (received the CCTL grant)

Dr. Amanda Mangum
Using Self-Organizing Maps to Detect and Classify Atherosclerosis 

Dr. Steve Petersen
Artificial intelligence and Information Theory 

Dr. Daniel Pinti
Theology and Identity in Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese 

Dr. Hoontaek Seo 
Customer-Supplier Relationship and the Cost of Debt Financing

Dr. Carrie Teresa 
A Theoretical and Historiographic Inquiry into Black Press Celebrity Journalism 

Dr. Doug Tewksbury 
Sharing-Together, Being-Together: An Ethnographic Study of Ferguson Protesters’ Social and Mobile Media Uses 

Dr. Yonghong Tong and Dr. Donna Thompson  
Automatic Infant Eye Tracking System Development in Mobile Devices

Summer 2014

Dr. Michael Barnwell
Soul-Making Theodicy and Its Internal Contradiction 

Dr. Corey Bower
Social Policy and the Achievement Gap 

Dr. Jamie Carr
How the Sciences Saved Literature: What Happened to Literary Studies? 

Dr. Diana Falco
Assessing Comparative and Study Abroad Offerings in Criminal Justice Programs 

Dr.  Mark  Gallo
Molecular Characterization of Staphylococci Isolated from Whitetail Deer 

Dr. Robyn Goacher
Analytical Techniques for Detecting Degradation of Cellulose in Wood. 

Dr. Mustafa Gokcek
Historical Roots of the Rift Between Islamic Political and Social Movements: the Turkish Case 

Dr. Leticia Hahn
Beliefs about Math, the CCSS and Classroom Practices: Path Analysis of a Mediation Model 

Dr. Sean Hsu
Synthesizing Micro and Macro Dynamics of Industry Change Research 

Dr. Jinyan Huang
Examining the Factors Directly Affecting EFL Students’ English Pragmatic Competence: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach 

Dr. Robert Kane
Negotiating with Allies in Wartime: the 1917 Lansing-Ishii Agreement 

Dr. Rachel Madsen 
Gender Role Expectations and the Prevalence of Women as Assistant Coaches 

Dr. Jimmy Smith  
Understanding Sport Ministry from a Management Perspective 

Dr. Stefanie Wichhart
Propaganda and Intelligence in Egypt and Iraq during World War II 

Professor Douglas Zschiegner 
Writing/Adapting a New Cyrano De Bergerac


View a list of Recipients from 2011 through 2013


Contact Information

David Schoen
Fax: 716-286-8030