CSU Research Grants

2024-2025 Award Cycle

Request for Proposals, Guidelines and Application for 2024-25 Award Cycle

We are pleased to announce that proposals are now welcome for submission for the 2024-2025 CSU-AAUP Faculty Research Grant Competition.

Please be advised that there is a different submission process unique to our campus. Rather than submit in the manner described in Item #6 under “Proposal Components and Rules for Submission” (p.4 of the Guidelines posted above), you are asked to submit via the Kuali Build portal. Please read the instructions on how to submit via Kuali carefully and should you have any questions on submitting through Kuali or need troubleshooting, please contact Sponsored Programs and Research at spar@southernct.edu

Deadline is Friday, January 26, 2024, no later than 5:00 p.m. 


Please note that spending AAUP funds in any way that goes against state, university, or solicitation-specific guidelines may jeopardize a faculty member's eligibility for future funding. 


As of 2018, Southern Connecticut State University is a subscriber to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. CITI offers free educational training to all SCSU faculty, staff and students in the areas of best practices for responsible conduct of research, ethics, conflict of interest and regulatory oversight.  

The Office of the Provost, in conjunction with the Office of Research Integrity and in light of our institution’s continued adherence to the Federal Research Misconduct Policy, highly recommends that all institutional members conducting any type of research establish an account with CITI and complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course(s) that are best suited to their discipline.  

 The options currently available are:  

  • Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research  
  • Responsible Conduct of Research for Engineers 
  • Humanities Responsible Conduct of Research  
  • Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research  
  • Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research  

All educational courses in RCR contain modules on authorship, collaboration, conflicts of interest, data management, mentoring, peer review, research misconduct and plagiarism. CITI Certifications are valid for three years. Faculty are also encouraged to use CITI training materials with students in relevant classroom instruction and for mentoring.  

It is required that all faculty members with research funding from both external and internal sources will maintain RCR training (including AAUP-CSU Research and Creative Activity Grants). We strongly encourage faculty members to familiarize themselves with CITI and the SCSU ORI Policies and Procedures and to contact the SCSU Office of Research Integrity at ORI@southernct.edu or 392-5243 with any questions or concerns.   Information on these policies can be found here:    https://inside.southernct.edu/rpp/educational-resource 

 Information on the SPAR website (including information on the CITI login procedures) is located here:   https://inside.southernct.edu/spar/citi  

Researchers engaged in activities involving human subjects, vertebrate animals, or bio-hazardous materials are required to complete additional CITI training per requirements established by the IRBIACUC or IBC Committees, respectively. 

Submission of Grant Reports

A final report describing the results of the research along with a detailed account of fund expenditures must be filed with Faculty Development no later than June 30, 2024, for the 2023-24 award cycle. The Project Report Form should be used as the template for all final reports. The Request for an Extension Form should be used as the template in the event extenuating circumstances hinder progress on the project. All extensions are subject to administrative approval. Please Note: Any funds unaccounted for shall be returned to the university and be added to the allocation for the competition in the following year.

2023-24 CSU-AAUP Faculty Research Grant Award Recommendations

The following projects have been recommended for funding for the 2023-24 award cycle.

Please Note: Work on these projects may not begin until the BOR approves the recommendations at a future meeting. Date TBA. 

(If any information is incorrect, please notify Faculty Development at facultydevel@southernct.edu.

Abe, JoAnn. Psychology. Varieties of Kindness

Antonios, Imad. Computer Science. Power Loss Estimation in Electrical Grids in the Presence of Incomplete or Noisy Measurements

Axon, Stephen (Environment, Geography, & Marine Sciences) and Robert Smith, Jr. (Management & International Business).  International variations of socio-cultural sustainability: A just transitions analysis of Japan

Badr, Kauther and Robert Smith, Jr. Management & International Business. Business Succession for the Entrepreneur or Family Business

Baraw, Charles. English. Chapter 2 of Tracing Hawthorne’s Path, “From Sunnyside to The Wayside: Authors’ Homes and the Invention of American Literary Culture.”

Barboza, Meghan. Biology. Extracting RNA to identify specialized immune cells in Florida manatee respiratory epithelium

Bordner, Kelly (Psychology) and Rachel Jeffrey (Biology). Effects of early prenatal THC exposure on subsequent addiction, anxiety and social behaviors in the rat model

Bower-Phipps, Laura. Curriculum & Learning. Supporting Teachers through the Development of a Culture of Practitioner Research

Brady, Steven and Mikolaj Sulkowski. Biology. De novo sequencing and assembly of the wood frog (Rana sylvatica) transcriptome

Brownell, Mia. Art. Autumn Sun

Chandler, Jeremy. Art. Terra Incognita: Creating and Exhibiting Photographic Artwork

Chen, Qu. Counseling & School Psychology. Mastering Course Content through Online Quizzes in Teaching Assessment in Counselor Education: A Mixed Methods Case Study

Chung, Hanyong. Accounting. Product Market Competition and Audit Fees: New Evidence

Coca, Adiel. Chemistry & Biochemistry. Antimicrobial Assessment of Organoboron Compounds and Expansion of the Suzuki-Miyaura Reaction

Coleman, Kelly (Health & Movement Sciences) and Amanda Strong (Healthcare Systems and Innovations). Development of a Professional-Self Concept Scale for Athletic Trainers

Crawford, Sarah. Biology. Preclinical Drosophila Blood Brain barrier (BBB) Model to Assess Role of Infection/Inflammation in Brain Tumor Etiology and Therapy Efficacy

Cross, Emma. Environment, Geography, & Marine Sciences. Site suitability analysis of bay scallop aquaculture in the northeast U.S.

Ding, Shibiao. Marketing. Consumer Financial Decision Making: An Investigation of Cultural and Pricing Factors

Dodson, Joel. English. The Sonnet, Like Poverty: On the Resources of the Shakespearean and Seussian Sonnet

Dunbar, Miranda. Biology. Vampire Bat Physiology

Enjalran, Mathew. Physics. Quantum Monte Carlo study of the partially ordered state of the Hubbard model on the triangular lattice

Fedorchuk, Nicholas. Earth Science. Sedimentology and paleoweathering trends of putative late Paleozoic glacial strata in the Appalachian Basin, Pennsylvania and West Virginia

Ferraro, Marisa. Curriculum & Learning. Dual language schooling in global contexts: An ethnographic case study examining program design, pedagogy, and community partnerships

Fisher, Michael. Biology. Investigating the Role of the Host Microbiome on Bacterial Pathogenesis in C. elegans

Fluhr, Nicole. English. Museums, Violence, and Silence in Vernon Lee's "A Wedding Chest"

Furey, Rachel. English. Traversing Trails: The Paths We Carve

Gusewski, Svenja. Communication Disorders. Longitudinal changes in disfluent speech patterns of bilingual school-aged children

Harry, Chelsea. Philosophy. Expanding the Canon: Women in 19th Century Philosophy

Haylon, Lisa. Accounting. An Investigation of the Tactics Used to Create Collusive Fraud Teams

Hossain, MD. Computer Science. Cost-Effective Indoor Positioning Using Smart Devices

Huerta Buitrago, Belinda. Chemistry & Biochemistry. Determination of concentrations of PFAS in the Housatonic River

Islam, Mohammad. Computer Science. Fight Fire with Fire: Using Discriminative AI to Detect AI-Generated Content Plagiarism in Academia

Jacobs, John. Psychology. Predictors of Reverse Social Mobility: A Longitudinal Analysis

Jayawickreme, Dushmantha. Earth Science. Assessing Watershed Responses to Urbanization, Seasonal Climates, and Extreme Weather Events

Kalbfleisch, Elizabeth. English. Anti-Scientism and the Politics of Literacy Instruction

Kearns, James. Chemistry & Biochemistry. Does Heavy Metal Contamination Affect Agave Fluid Products and Create Potential Health Problems?

Kim, Hyoseok. Marketing. Exploding Deals and Shopping Behavior

Kim, Young and Melvin Prince. Marketing. Perceived Discrimination, College Disidentification and Stress Levels Among Community College Transfer Students to a Four-Year College: Continuation and Completion of Meritorious Research

Kwak, Lynn and Melvin Prince. Marketing. Reactance Effects of Public Service Announcements

Lavin, Terrence. Art. Digital/Traditional: New Technologies in Contemporary Metalworking

Lee, Younhee, Braxton Carrigan and Yulei Pang. Mathematics. Fostering diversity in STEM by empowering youth to experience contemporary mathematics by means of discovery and exploration in the MaPP Challenge

Lesley, Melvin. Chemistry & Biochemistry. Novel Tamoxifen Derivatives Derived from 4-HydroxyPyridyl-1-butyne

Liu, Yan. Information & Library Science. Undergraduate Teaching with a Virtual Laboratory

Marsoobian, Armen. Philosophy. Updated and Expanded Edition Fragments of a Lost Homeland: Remembering Armenia (2015)

McDaniel, Marie. History. Grievous Sin: Limits of Toleration in the Middle Colonies, Part II of Sex in the Belfry

McEachern, Robert. English. Metaphor Use in the Personal Writing of Oncologists

Muthuraj, Birasnav and Danny Franklin. Management & International Business. Improving School Safety and Student Engagement with Learning among Connecticut Schools: The Roles of Stakeholders and Leaders

Nguyen, Khoa. Finance & Real Estate. Firm Performance in the U.S. Travel and Tourism Industry during Covid-19 Pandemic: Does a diversified board of directors matter?

Njoku, Anuli. Public Health. Environmental Injustice and COVID-19: Challenges and Recommendations

Nosheen, Shaneela (Chemistry & Biochemistry) and Christine Broadbridge (Research & Innovation). To Capture Atmospheric CO2 using 2-, and 3-dimentional Porous Zeolites

Palma, Pina. World Languages & Literatures. Pontano and the Renaissance at the Court of Aragon

Pang, Jiong Dong. Chemistry & Biochemistry. Identification of Compounds for Butyrylcholinesterase and Potential Applications in Age-Related Neurode-generative Diseases

Pang, Yulei. Mathematics. S-MART: Machine learning enabled Automatic, Rapid Tool for Sustainable transition of agricultural systems

Patalinghug, Jason. Economics. Unanticipated Money Growth and Unemployment in the Philippines

Perouse-Harvey, Ebony. Special Education. Managed, Mark, & Misunderstood: Uplifting the Advocacy Practices of Black Mothers of Students Identified with (Dis)abilities

Perumbilly, Sebastian. Marriage & Family Therapy. Facilitating Therapeutic Change in Couple Therapy: Results from a Mixed Methods Research Study with Exploratory Sequential Design

Pittman, Adam and Cassie Meyerhoffer. Sociology. Navigating Town-Gown Dynamics in New Haven, CT

Randall, Regine. Curriculum & Learning. Empowering Pre-Service Teachers in an Era of Increasing Online University Education

Richmond, Andrew. English. Expanding a Digital Model for Reading Medieval Environments

Roe, Sarah. History. Remembering Abandoned Places: Belonging through Informal Commemoration and the Human-Land-scape Connection

Rogers, Michael. Anthropology. Late Pleistocene and Holocene Archaeology at Gona, Ethiopia—A Continuation

Ryder, Todd. Chemistry & Biochemistry. Multicomponent Reactions of 2-Hydroxyacetophenone Derivatives

Savelli, Melanie. Communication, Media, & Screen Studies. Put Out the Fire

Schmitt, Elena. World Languages & Literatures. Lessons Learned: A Reflection on the Technology-Mediated Transformation of a Graduate Program

Serchuk , Camille. Art. Mapping Time and Space in Medieval and Early Modern France, 1300-1600

Singh Amitkumar and Atul Kulkarni. Marketing. Sustainability Marketing- Understanding Sustainability from Consumer Perspective and Its Effect on Consumer Judgments and Decision-Making

Skoczen, Kathleen. Anthropology. Talking to the People: Local knowledge and participation in the implementation of recycling programs

Slomba, Jeffrey. Art. Digital Spolia and Reimagined Tondos: historical forms and contemporary tools for new sculpture

Smith, Julian. Communication Disorders. Reliability of Lingual Pressure During Active Swallowing Tasks

Sorokina, Anastasia. World Languages & Literatures. Language Loss and Autobiographical Memory in Trilingual Speakers: Data Collection

Swartz, Daniel. Health & Movement Sciences. Youth Sport Specialization: A comparison between the United States and Israel

Trombly, Christopher. Educational Leadership. The Bible and Natural Language Processing: Building a Corpus for Digital Scholars

Vu, Thuan. Art. Translating Vietnamese Imagery.

Wang, Zheni. Management & International Business. The Dynamic Model of the Motivation on Psychological Health: Examining Time Pressure as a Boundary Condition in Acculturating Individuals

Wang, Junhong. Marketing. How can Artificial Intelligence (AI) impact Sustainable Consumption and Production: A Systematic Literature Review

Wasiuk, Peter (Communication Disorders) and Julia Irwin (Psychology). Speech Recognition in Competing Speech and Noise for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Weng, Miaowei. World Languages & Literatures. Anger, Performance, and Second-Generation Chinese in Spain

Wieland, Alice and Carol Stewart. Management & International Business. Perceived Soft Skills Deficiencies of Emerging Women Leaders

Wu, Hao. Computer Science. Virtual Reality Safety Training Framework for STEM Laboratory

Yang, Chulguen. Management & International Business. Fostering Contemplative Leadership in Management Education

Yavuz, Olcay. Educational Leadership. Identifying and Addressing the Needs of Refugee Students in Schools

Yoon, Sang and Younjun Kim. Economics. Which Countries Receive Bilateral Environmental Aids Improving Energy Efficiency? Evidence from Text Mining