Spark MicroGrants Have Been Awarded to Support Collaborative Faculty Research
The Office of the Vice President for Research has awarded $15,000 in Spark microgrants
to support collaborative faculty research.
The funded projects are as follows:
- A collaboration stemming from a Women’s Commission survey will develop ways to frame
personal and professional development opportunities for women in higher education
- A joint effort between SLU-Madrid and the English department will study the feasibility
of the creation of an interdisciplinary transatlantic center to support issues of
education, health and inequality through the humanities, social sciences and health
- Special education, physical therapy and occupational therapy faculty will develop
and evaluate an after-school enrichment program for children with developmental and
- Doisy College of Health Sciences and the Department of Theological Studies will conduct
focus groups with area employers to gauge and broaden their understanding of experiences
of long-term employment. This aligns with Initiative Three of the MAGIS plan to “bring
community-responsive research and scholarly activities into the community setting.”
- Faculty from the School of Education will pilot a document-based history-learning
curriculum at Roosevelt High School, aimed at increasing critical thinking and student
engagement, reading comprehension and empowering identity.
- Another collaboration from the School of Education will bring together interdisciplinary
scholars to plan and propose funding for research about the workforce readiness needs
of adults in the households of students in three ACCESS Academies in St. Louis City.
- The Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Biology will gather clinicians and researchers
from 11 different departments across campus to share their research at the Second
Annual Wound Healing Symposium. Roundtable discussion will help determine the mission,
goals, and steps to develop and sustain a Wound Center at SLU.
- Medicine, surgery, statistics and public health faculty will use a survey instrument
to analyze health literacy and attitudes toward organ transplantation in an urban
dialysis population, where there is a high rate of opiate use, and a lower referral
rate to transplantation.
- Researchers in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science will dialogue with
other departments about the creation of a national environmental center that would
advance the research capabilities in the fields of engineering and science.
- The Departments of Communication and Fine Arts will combine social justice inquiry
and art activism as methodology to address social injustice and urban engagement in
the construction of a Mobile Social Justice Museum that will focus on radical forgiveness.
- The Department of Biology and School of Social Work will investigate genetic and environmental
approaches on variations in human and insect behavior. Hypotheses about personality,
aggression and mating cross disciplines and expand to a wide range of fields.
- The Department of Political Science will host diverse units within the social sciences,
humanities and behavioral sciences to create a working group that will lay the foundation
for the establishment of robust facilities that will support student and faculty research.
- The Departments of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training have combined efforts with
the Biomedical Laboratory Science Program to research platelet function and energy
drink consumption, examining how the body responds to energy drinks and why significant
health issues occur in collegiate athletes who consume them.
- A collaboration between the Departments of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering will
study macrophage phenotype transitions that play an important role in the immune system
using a more in vivo representative technology.
- Health care management and policy faculty and music therapists in the School of Medicine
will research the perspectives of current and future health care administrators on