Research Administration announces grants for faculty, staff projects

The following is a compilation of grants awarded at Western Carolina University during October 2019. The list is presented in unedited form, courtesy of WCU’s Office of Research Administration.

Title: Highlands Nature Center’s STEM Outreach Program for Schools
PI: James Costa
Funder: Highlands Biological Foundation
Amount: $60,000
Description: to provide more than 40 different science programs to regional students in grades pre-k-12

Title: In Pursuit of the Clotilda: Environmentally-Derived DNA from a Candidate Shipwreck in the Mobile River, Alabama
PI: Frankie West
Funder: University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Amount: $12,701
Description: to conduct human mitochondrial DNA analysis on samples from a shipwreck from the Mobile River in Alabama

Title: PEARO: Providing Equitable Access to Robotics Opportunities
PI: Paul Yanik
Funder: Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Amount: $178,644
Description: to engage high school students in experiential project-based STEM activities, and to help foster in them the vision of STEM-related career paths

Title: Political Analysis for Strategic Multilayer Assessment
PI: David Dorondo
Funder: Arizona State University
Amount: $50,000
Description: to examine the potentially pro-Moscow “Trojan Horse” effect of selected political parties and other organizations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland

Title: University Participant Program
PI: Kelly Kelley
Funder: Evergreen Foundation NC
Amount: $5,000
Description: to support one student attending WCU’s University Participant Program, which facilitates the transition from secondary school to adult life