For 11 UCCS faculty, CRCW grants plant seeds for future research

11 UCCS faculty members received more than $82,000 in funding through the 2022 Committee on Research and Creative Works’ seed grants. Photo credit: Francesco Gallarrotti, Unsplash

The seeds of new research were planted this year for 11 UCCS faculty members, each of whom was awarded one of the Committee on Research and Creative Works’ annual seed grants.

The grants are funded through the Office of Research and aim to expand research excellence for both tenured and tenure-track faculty. Each year, the committee works to fund a diverse portfolio of scholars across the university’s academic programs, with a special focus on collaborations, projects from early-career faculty and research on hot topics. This year, the committee awarded more than $82,000 in funds.

“The CRCW seed grants are such an important way that the campus supports faculty research efforts,” said Jessi Smith, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research at UCCS. “Having funding to support pilot testing for a project, to support a student research assistant, to travel to a field site or buy equipment is a small investment the campus can make that has a big impact.”

The payoffs for the seed grants are more than monetary — in fact, they can help research to grow deep roots. Grants can allow pre-tenure-track faculty to establish research programs and assist faculty members in becoming nationally competitive when seeking funding from sources external to the university.

The 2022 awardees include:

Kate Angulski, Criminal Justice & Jessica Berrett, Public Administration 
Exploring the Impact of the Legalization of Marijuana on Nonprofits in Colorado

Adham Atyabi, Computer Science
Emotion Recognition Using Electroencephalography and Eye-tracking

Katie Busby, Nursing
Mentoring in Academic Nursing from the Perspectives of Nursing Faculty Members

Ezio Iacocca, Physics & Energy Sciences
Nano-Designed Magnetic Materials: Towards Energy-Efficient and Fast Technology

James Kovacs, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Understanding the Role of Complement in the Establishment of a Latent HIV-1 Reservoir

Colin Mahoney, Psychology
Brief Coping Meta-Skills Intervention for Hospitalized Physical Injury Patients at High Risk for PTSD and Co-occurring Substance Use: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Colin McAllister, VAPA/Music
Aeneas in the Underworld – A Collaborative Music Endeavor

Katie McCabe, Teaching and Learning
Inclusive Practices for Rural Students with Complex Support Needs

Janel Owens, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Dangerous Dust: Determining Levels of Flame Retardants in Furnace Filter Dust

Nicholas Tapia-Fuselier, Leadership, Research, and Foundations
Religious Trauma and its Impact on College Student Identity Development