Grants Awarded: January 2007 to the present

Writing effective grants proposals is a time-consuming and difficult but ultimately rewarding tasks. Winning a grant from private foundation or government agency is a distinctive achievement. In many cases, the odds against success are long because many projects compete for limited funding. It’s not uncommon for initial proposals to be rejected, and many individuals finally earning a grant award have had to apply multiple times before achieving success.

Congratulations to all faculty members and staff who have received awards!

To see the list of winners in prior years (from 1999 to December 2006), go here:

Scroll down to see the Awards Made to UMW from January 2007 to the present.

Awarded to: Project Title Award Amount Funding Source:
Janet Asper, Department of Chemistry

Transmission Electron Microscopic (TEM) analysis of Bacillus cereusBacillus subtilis var globigii, and Bacillus anthracis Delta Sterne spores and Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Compounds (contract)

$12,680 (for first option year) Naval Surface Warfare Center (Dahlgren), August 2014
Kelli Slunt (Department of Chemistry), Dianne Baker (Biological Sciences), Jodie Hayob and Ben Kisila (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Venitta McCall (Curriculum and Instruction), and Deb Hydorn (Mathematics) STEM Talent Expansion through Research, Engagement, Preparation, and Scholarships $181,441 National Science Foundation, August 2014 (fourth and fifth years of a previously awarded grant)
Dan Preston

James Monroe papers

$290,000 (for three years) National Endowment for the Humanities, July 2014
Davis Oldham, Department of Chemistry (with student Alex Priest)

Discovery of Novel Tuberculosis Theraputics

$4,901 (value of 50,000 hours of supercomputing time) XSEDE, July 2014
Neil Tibert, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

“Holocene Sedimentation and Sea Level History of the Tidal Marshes of the Potomac and Rappahannock Estuaries”

$13,371 National Parks Service (contract), June 2014
Stephen Hanna, Department of Geography “Transformation of Racialized American Southern Heritage Landscapes” $30,278 National Science Foundation, subcontract with the University of Southern Mississippi, March 2014
David Ambuel and Steve Rabson, Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion Japan-related visiting presentations, books and videos, and one course in Japanese literature to be taught in the Fall semester $17,137 Japan Foundation, February 2014
Stephen Davies, Department of Computer Science An agent-based model to investigate ecological survival strategies in a rare tidal wetlands plant $4,901 (value of 50,000 hours of supercomputing time) XSEDE, January 2014
University of Mary Washington Virginia Chesapeake Bay Implementation Program, Watershed Coordinator Position (position hosted by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences for three months in 2014) $17,788 Department of Conservation and Recreation, Commonwealth of Virginia, December 2013 (last renewal of grant first awarded in December 2007)
Steve Hanna, Department of Geography Use Geospatial methods and tools to select all parcels in the Commonwealth of Virginia that intersect with 123 Civil War Battlefield study areas as demarcated by the American Battlefields Preservation Plan (contract) $18,450 Preservation Partners, LLC of Fredericksburg, Virginia, November 2013
Patricia Reynolds, Department of Foundations, Leadership, and Special Populations TESL 532: Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners Across the Curriculum (for spring 2014) $90,115.20  Virginia Department of Education, November 2013
Roberta Gentry, Department of Foundations, Leadership, and Special Populations “Traineeship for Education of Special Education Personnel for Regions 3 and 4″ $35,840 Virginia Department of Education, October 2013
Janet Asper, Department of Chemistry, and Kathryn Loesser-Casey, Department of Biology Transmission Electron Microscopic (TEM) analysis of Bacillus cereusBacillus subtilis var globigii, and Bacillus anthracis Delta Sterne spores and Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Compounds (contract) $22,747  (for initial year; four option years possible) Naval Surface Warfare Center (Dahlgren), October 2013
Charlie Sharpless, Department of Chemistry “Collaborative Research: Oxygenation of Hydrocarbons in the Ocean” $106,763 National Science Foundation, July 2013
Nabil Al-Tikriti, Department of History and American Studies Library grant — to increase holdings in Turkish and Ottoman studies $5,000 Institute of Turkish Studies, May 2013
Christine Grosse, College of Business “Foreign Language Teacher Preparation in Business Languages and Cultures” $1,500 Illinois Center for International Business Education and Research, April 2013
David Toth, Department of Computer Science One Tesla K20 GPU for use in research my Summer Science students $3,500 NVIDIA, April 2013
Ben LaBreche, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication Liberty Agonistes – a study of 17th Century theories on liberty (particularly the writings of John Milton)” $2,500 — one month fellowship Folger Shakespeare Library, April 2013
Ben LaBreche, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication Liberty Agonistes – a study of 17th Century theories on liberty (particularly the writings of John Milton)” $1,200 – travel stipend Henry Ransom Center, March 2013
Ben LaBreche, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication  “Liberty Agonistes – a study of 17th Century theories on liberty (particularly the writings of John Milton)”  $45,000 Solmsen Fellowship, Institute for Research in Humanities, University of Wisconsin, March 2013
Ben LaBreche, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication  “Liberty Agonistes – a study of 17th Century theories on liberty (particularly the writings of John Milton)”  $2,500 — one month of summer financial support  UCLA William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, March 2013
Chris Kilmartin, Department of Psychology Appointment as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership $119,689 United States Air Force Academy, February 2013
Brian Rizzo, Department of Geography On-Site Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Course” $10,965 Law Library of Congress, February 2013
David Toth, Department of Computer Science, and Theresa Grana, Department ofd Biological Sciences Teaching Undergraduates to Use Supercomputing in the Sciences” $4,910 (value of 60,000 hours of time on the 7th fastest computer on the planet) XSEDE, February 2013
Gwen Hale (Writing Center and Writing Program Director) and Ethan Bottone (student)   “Virginia is for Writers,” (designed to begin multiple high school-university writing center collaborations throughout the state” $300 Southeastern Writing Center Association, January 2013
University of Mary Washington Virginia Chesapeake Bay Implementation Program, Watershed Coordinator Position (position hosted by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences) $67,000 Department of Conservation and Recreation, Commonwealth of Virginia, December 2012 (renewal of grant first awarded in December 2007)
Mary Kayler (Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation) with Christina Eggenberger (Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service)  “Service Learning Seminar: Recasting and Drawing Upon a Wider Net” $1,000 American Association for Colleges and Universities, November 2012
Norah Hooper, Department of Foundations, Leadership, and Special Populations “Traineeship for Education of Special Education Personnel for Regions 3 and 4″ $30,858 Virginia Department of Education, October 2012
David Toth, Department of Computer Science “Identifying Inhibitors of the Fungal Virulence Factor Cbp1.” Collaborative project with Merrimack University. $114,278 (value of 1,396,698 hours of time on the 40th fastest computer on the planet) XSEDE, September 2012
David Toth, Department of Computer Science “Identifying Inhibitors that Prevent the Complexation of  HIV-1 Tat•P-TEFb thus Blocking HIV Replication.” Collaborative project with Merrimack University. $34,500 (value of 421,667 hours of time on the 40th fastest computer on the planet) XSEDE, September 2012
David Toth, Department of Computer Science “Introducing Computer Science Students to Supercomputing in a Parallel Computing Course” $4,910 (value of 60,000 hours of time on the 40th fastest computer on the planet) XSEDE, August 2012
Patricia Reynolds, Department of Foundations, Leadership, and Special Populations TESL 532: Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners Across the Curriculum (for fall 2012 and spring 2013) $174,787.20 Virginia Department of Education, August 2012
Deborah Zies, Department of Biological Sciences Cloning and characterization of the human RAI1 promoter $1,200 Virginia Academy of Sciences, July 2012
Andrew Dolby, Department of Biological Sciences Bird breeding impact study at Poplar Ford Park(Fairfax County, VA) $5,210 Fairfax County (Virginia) Parks Authority, March 2012
Patricia Reynolds, Department of Foundations, Leadership, and Special Populations Additional section of TESL 532: Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners Across the Curriculum $41,007.60 Virginia Department of Education, addendum awarded in February 2012
University of Mary Washington Virginia Chesapeake Bay Implementation Program, Watershed Coordinator Position (position hosted by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences) $67,000 Department of Conservation and Recreation, Commonwealth of Virginia, December 2011 (renewal of grant first awarded in December 2007)
Patricia Reynolds, Department of Foundations, Leadership, and Special Populations TESL 532: Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners Across the Curriculum $82,177 Virginia Department of Education, December 2011
Brian Rizzo, Department of Geography Potomac Wetlands Study $18,000 National Park Service, December 2011
Ruth Lovelace, Emergency Management and Safety Update UMW Hazard Mitigation Plan $50,000 Virginia Department of Energy Management, October 2011
Sgt. Shaun Joes, UMW Police Improving Enforcement of Underage Drinking $5,000 Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage, October 2011
Melanie Szculczewski, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Paint Branch Passage and Fish Restoration Project (College Park, Maryland) $39,995 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, September 2011
Patricia Reynolds, Department of Foundations, Leadership, and Special Populations TESL 532: Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners Across the Curriculum $82,177 Virginia Department of Education, August 2011
Kelli Slunt, Dianne Baker, Jodie Hayob, Ben Kisila, Venitta McCall, and Deb Hydorn STEM Talent Expansion through Research, Engagement, Preparation, and Scholarships $262,615 (for first three years with 4th. and 5th. year of funding possible National Science Foundation, August 2011
Dan Preston James Monroe Papers $250,000 (for three years) National Endowment for the Humanities, August 2011
Charlie Sharpless, Department of Chemistry Collaborative Research: Role of organic matter source on the photochemical fate of pharmaceutical compounds $26,892 (sub-award) National Science Foundation, August 2011
Brian Baker, Small Business Development Center Hewlett Packard Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) grant $60,000 Hewlett Packard Entrepreneurship Programs, July 2011
Brian Rizzo, Department of Geography Two contracts with the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME), Geology and Mineral Resources $5,500 each Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME), July 2011
Deborah O’Dell, Department of Biology Gene Expression in Mammary Gland Epithelial Cells in Response to Bisphenol A $3,000 Virginia Academy of Sciences, June 2011
Michael Spencer, Department of Historic Preservation Historic Structures Report for Bowman-Hite House and Bank Barn $39,500 National Park Service, June 2011
Marcel Rotter, Department of Modern Foreign Languages (German) Governor’s German Language Academy $98,583 (contract) Virginia Department of Education, March 2011
University of Mary Washington Virginia Chesapeake Bay Implementation Program, Watershed Coordinator Position (position hosted by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences) $62,225 Department of Conservation and Recreation, Commonwealth of Virginia, December 2010 (renewal of grant first awarded in December 2007)
Patricia Reynolds and Jo Tyler, Department of Foundations, Leadership, and Special Populations TESL 532: Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners Across the Curriculum $74,247.84 Virginia Department of Education, December 2010
Stephen Hanna and Jacqueline Gallagher,  Department of Geography Subcontract for GIS data collection and cartography services $2,557.50 George Washington Regional Commission, December 2010
Andrew Dolby and Deborah O’Dell, Department of Biological Sciences Enzyme Immunoassay Quantification of Heat Shock Protein 60 and its Application to Avian Conservation Biology $1,000 Virginia Society of Ornithology, October 2010
Charles Sharpless, Department of Chemistry Appointment as visiting scientist, July 2011 – June 2012 ~$48,000 ETH Zurich ( Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), December 2010
B. Ann Wang (student) Undergraduate research student award (Theresa Grana, faculty sponsor) $500 Undergraduate Research Grant, Virginia Academy of Science, October 2010
Anum Shaikh (student) Undergraduate research student award (Deborah O’Dell, faculty sponsor) $500 Undergraduate Research Grant, Virginia Academy of Science, October 2010
Erin Hayes (student) Undergraduate research student award (Theresa Grana, faculty sponsor) $500 Undergraduate Research Grant, Virginia Academy of Science, October 2010
Rita Thompson, Office of Admissions Rappahannock Scholars Program $150,000 Jessie Ball duPont Fund, August 2010
Patricia Reynolds, Department of Foundations, Leadership, and Special Populations TESL 532: Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners Across the Curriculum $65,124 Virginia Department of Education, July 2010
H. Nicole Myers, Department of Foundations, Leadership, and Special Populations UMW Autism Clinic/Play Lab $19,967**application submitted through the UMW Foundation KOVAR (A Virginia Knights of Columbus Charity), June 2010
Julius Esunge, Department of Mathematics Project NExt $4,343 Project NExT, June 2010
University of Mary Washington Use of UMW Chemistry, Geology, and Physics Labs by MECEP Program at Quantico $6,400 USMC, June 2010
Brian Baker, Small Business Development Center Subcontract with George Mason University $120,000 George Mason University, April 2010
Allyson Poska, Department of History and American Studies Gendered Crossings: Transatlantic Migration in the Spanish Empire $8,400 (approximate) John Carter Brown Library, March 2010
Jessie Fillerup, Department of Music NEH Enduring Questions Course on “What is Time?” $24,978 National Endowment for the Humanities, March 2010
Anum Shaikh (student) Undergraduate research student award (Deborah O’Dell, faculty sponsor) $250 Chi Beta Phi, March 2010
Nabil Al-Tikriti, Department of History and American Studies Defining Non-Belief, Delineating Loyalty: The 16th Century Struggle for Ottoman Religious Identity $15,500 American Research Institute in Turkey, January 2010
University of Mary Washington Virginia Chesapeake Bay Implementation Program, Watershed Coordinator Position $59,300 Department of Conservation and Recreation, Commonwealth of Virginia, December 2009 (renewal of grant first awarded in December 2007)
Steve Hanna, Department of Geography Completion of a map for a forthcoming article to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences $220 Jean HartzellDecember 2009
Steve Hanna, Department of Geography Completion of a map for Golden Press (to be included in a forthcoming novel by Warren Rochelle) $484 Golden Press, December 2009
Andrew Buckner (student)

Undergraduate research student award (Deborah Zies, faculty sponsor)

$500 Virginia Academy of Science, October 2009
Jon Williams (student)

Undergraduate research student award (Charles Sharpless, faculty sponsor)

$500 Virginia Academy of Science, October 2009
Patricia Reynolds , College of Graduate and Professional Studies (Education) Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners Accross the Curriculum $59,873.47 Virginia Department of Education, August 2009
Norah Hooper, College of Graduate and Professional Studies (Education) Traineeship for Special Education, Region 3 (continuation project) $75,000 Virginia Department of Education, July 2009
Brian Rizzo, Department of Geography Remote Sensing Laboratory $5,000 (subcontract) Randolph Macon College, July 2009
Keith Mellinger, Department of Mathematics For Calculator Training Workshop (for high school teachers), held at UMW in August 2009 $2,000 Texas Instruments, July 2009
Janet Asper, Department of Chemistry Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Compounds (contract) $10,600 Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, June 2009
Kathryn Loesser-Casey, Department of Biology

Transmission Electron Microscopic analysis of Bacillus cereus, Bacillus subtilis var globigii, and Bacillus anthracis Delta Sterne spores (contract)

$1,720 Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, June 2009
Stephen Hanna, Department of Geography Funds for a regional planning seminar course, to be taught in spring 2010 $2,500 Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission, June 2009
University of Mary Washington Use of UMW Chemistry Lab by MECEP Program at Quantico $2,905 USMC, June 2009
Brian Rizzo, Department of Geography Technical Support to the Virginia Geographic Alliance (contract) $4,500 Virginia Geographic Alliance, June 2009
Carolyn Parsons, Special Collections, Simpson Library IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf $800 Institute of Museum and Library Services, June 2009
Anne Timpano, Ridderhof-Martin Gallery IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf $800 Institute of Museum and Library Services, June 2009
Brian Baker, Rappahannock Region Small Business Development Center Subcontract with George Mason University $10,000 George Mason University, June 2009
Kelli Slunt , Department of Chemistry and Venitta McCall, Department of Education Science Inquiry in the Environment (SINE) $211,827 Virginia Department of Education, Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP)February 2009
Charles Sharpless, Department of Chemistry Probing the Mechanism of Singlet Oxygen Production by Natural Organic Matter $9,810 Virginia Academy of Science Gwathmey Chemistry Award, February 2009
Alan Griffith, Department of Biology Diagnostic Question Clusters to Improve Student Reasoning in General Biology $28,166 National Science Foundation, subcontract with Hampshire College, February 2009
Deborah Zies, Department of Biology The Role of PPARgamma in the Differentiation and Function of Kidney Cortical Collecting Duct Cells $20,000 Jeffress Memorial Trust, January 2009
Anne Timpano, Ridderhof-Martin Gallery Museum Assessment Program grant $950 American Association of Museums, January 2009
David Berreth, Gari Melchers Home and Studio Preservation of Belmont Dependencies (three outbuildings on the Belmont property) $10,000 Roller-Bottimore Foundation, December 2008
Shawn Humphreys (and students), Department of Economics La Ceiba Microfinance Initiative (Honduras) $1,000 Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region, December 2008
David Berreth, Gari Melchers Home and Studio Preservation of Belmont Dependencies (three outbuildings on the Belmont property) $10,000 Richard Gwathmey and Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust, December 2008
University of Mary Washington Virginia Chesapeake Bay Implementation Program, Watershed Coordinator Position $62,500 Department of Conservation and Recreation, Commonwealth of Virginia, December 2008 (renewal of grant first awarded in December 2007)
Patricia Reynolds, College of Graduate and Professional Studies (Education) TESL 532: Differentiated Instructionfor English Language Learners Across the Curriculum $60,116.46 Virginia Department of Education, November 2008
Mara Scanlon, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication;Brady Earnhart, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication;James Groom, Instructional Technology Specialist “Looking for Whitman: The Poetry of Place in the Life and Work of Walt Whitman,” a collaboration among Mary Washington, the City University of New York City College of Technology, New York University and Rutgers University at Camden. $3,500(UMW share of the overal $25,000 grant) National Endowment for the Humanities, September 2008
Alan Griffith, Department of Biology Impacts of herbivory on Aeschynomene virginica $550 (contract) Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consuer Services, August 2008
Mindy Erchull, Department of Psychology An Expoloration of Objectification in Menstrual Product Advsertisements $2,000 National Psi Chi Faculty Advisor Research Grant Program, August 2008
Norah Hooper , College of Graduate and Professional Studies (Education) Traineeships for Education of Special Education Personnell (Region 3) $75,000 Virginia Department of Education, July 2008
Patricia Reynolds, College of Graduate and Professional Studies (Education) TESL 532: Differentiated Instructionfor English Language Learners Across the Curriculum $52,219.60 Virginia Department of Education, July 2008
Brian Rizzo, Department of Geography Remote Sensing Laboratory $3,000 (subcontract) Randolph Macon College, July 2008
Antonio Barrenechea, Department of English, Lingusitics, and Communication Participant in National Humanities Center Institute $9,521 Jesse Ball duPont Foundation, June 2008
Kelli Slunt, Department of Chemistry Use of UMW Chemistry Lab by MECEP Program at Quantico $2,905 (contract) USMC, June 2008
Janet Asper, Department of Chemistry Educational Partnership Agreement with NSWC at Dahlgren for loan of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance instrument (NMR) NSWC, June 2008
Alan Griffith, Department of Biology “Best Dam Project Ever” $500 The Nature Conservance in Virginia, March 2008
Shawn Humphreys (and students), Department of Economics Students Helping Honduras: Indoor Air Pollution Initiative $1,000 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation, January 2008
Ron Zarcharski , Department of Computer Science Computer Analysis of Cyberterrorism against the U.S. $19,988 (subcontract) New Mexico State University, January 2008
University of Mary Washington Virginia Chesapeake Bay Implementation Program, Watershed Coordinator Position $62,500 Department of Conservation and Recreation, Commonwealth of Virginia, December 2007)
Charles Sharpless, Department of Chemistry Probing the Origins of Natural Organic Matter Photochemistry Using Spectroscopic and Electrochemical Approaches $25,460 Research Corporation, May 2007
Allyson Poska, Department of History and American Studies “Iberian Regionalism and the Formation of Gender Norms in Colonial Spanish America” $60,000 American Council of Learned Societies, March 2007
Nabil Al-Tikriti, Department of History and American Studies “Addressing Ethnic Conflict and Population Displacement in Iraq” $57,000 U.S. Institute for Peace, Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship, April 2007
Robert Barr, Department of Political Science and International Affairs “Understanding Populism” $60,000 Smith Richardson Foundation, Junior Faculty Grant for International Security and Foreign Policy, October 2007
Ben Kisila, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences “Sediment Chronology to Aid in Historical Analysis of PCB Influx in Lake Anna Sediments, Spotsylvania and Orange Counties, Virginia” $13,092 Army Corps of Engineers, July 2007
Ben Kisila, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences “Sediment Chronology and Influx Rates to Aid in Historical Analysis of PCB Influx in Lake Anna (Near Cooling Intake) and WHTF (Lagoons 1 & 2) Sediments” $5,338 Dominion Virginia Power, October 2007
Meghan Budinger, James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library “Publication of ‘The Making of a Revolutionary’” $1,974 Virginia Foundation for Humanities, August 2007
Meghan Budinger, James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library “James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library Costume Collection” $26,262 National Endowment for the Arts, “Save Our Treasures”, May 2007
Janet Asper, Department of Chemistry “New Reagents for the Solution of Phase Synthesis of Alkylguanidines” $50,000 American Chemical Society, Petroleum Research Fund Preliminary notification received in October 2007; final award notice due in December 2007
Teresa Coffman, College of Graduate and Professional Studies (Education)with Stafford County school system “Technology Resource Teachers (TRT) Role in Teacher Preparation” $10,000 Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, August 2007
Debra Hydorn, Department of Mathematics, Alan Griffith and Kathryn Loesser-Casey, Department of Biology Promoting Biostatistics” $3,000 American Statistical Association, November 2007
Kathryn Loesser-Casey and Lynn Lewis, Department of Biology “The Freshman Biology Class We Wish We Had Taken in College” Course development and materials costs for three years Howard Hughes Medical Institute, November 2007
Meghan Budinger, James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library “Publication of ‘The Making of a Revolutionary’” $500 Community Foundation of the Rappahannock Region (Ukrop’s First Market Bank Fund)November 2007
Alan Griffith, Department of Biology “Diagnostic Question Clusters to Improve Student Reasoning and Understanding in Biology Courses” $13, 125 National Science Foundation (CO-PI on grant awarded to Hamsphire College), November 2007

 

*All grants, fellowships, and contracts involving government agencies, foundations, business, and so forth MUST receive prior approval from officials at the University of Mary Washington BEFORE the proposal or application is submitted to the external funding entity.