2020-21 Faculty Research Grant Recipients Announced

aOverall, 20 recipients received grants for 19 projects. Among them, top row, left to right: Zedlacher, Yuasa, Tuncel, Niinimaki, Alakoc and Chakaryan. Middle row, left to right: Parks, Schroeder, Kwon, Stiles, Goedereis, Welsh and Dumont. Third row, left to right: Punzi, Chodgson, Davis, McIlhaney, McElwee, Miller-Struttmann and Groeneman


The Office of the President has announced the 20 recipients and 19 projects receiving 2020-21 Faculty Research Grants. The awards will fund faculty research and professional development activities that will advance academic excellence for the individual faculty members and for Webster University.

Congratulations to the 2020-21 recipients, who are listed below by name, department, school/college, and title of the project:

Burcu Pinar Alakoc, History, Politics & International Relations, College of Arts & Sciences, “Empowering Women in the Fight Against Terrorism and Violent Extremism: A comparative Analysis of NGOs in Austria and Turkey”

Hasmik Chakaryan, Professional Counseling, College of Arts & Sciences, “Perception on What an Ethical Dilemma is in Psychotherapy”

Dorian Davis, Communications and Journalism, School of Communications, “Are Newspapers Still Setting the Substantive Agenda? Issue Salience across Three U.S. Presidential Campaigns”

John Dumont, Business, Webster Athens, “Advancing Project Management in Tourism utilizing Artificial Intelligence”

Eric Goedereis, Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences, “Age-related Differences in the Association Between Financial and Health Literacy: Implications for Educators and Practitioners”

Ryan Groeneman, Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, “Mechanochemical synthesis of a series of photo reactive co-crystals utilizing trihalogenated phenols as molecular templates”

Carol Hodson, Art, Design, and Art History, Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, “Neurobotanical: Pendulating”

Van McElwee, Electronic & Photographic Media, School of Communications, “TIME FORK: An Augmented Reality environment for contemplating choices and possibilities”

Anne Mcllhaney, English, College of Arts & Sciences, “Mothering in the Works of Shakespeare”

Nicole Miller-Struttmann, Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, “Urban bumble bee conservation: Determining the role of nesting vs. floral resources in supporting diversity”

Marko Niinimaki, Math & Computer Science, Webster Thailand, “Big Data Integration 2020 - A Research Plan”

Jong Bum Kwon, Anthropology and Sociology, College of Arts & Sciences and June Kyu Park, Electronic/Photographic Media, School of Communications, “Aging and Dying Alone in South Korea”

Maria Teresa Punzi, Business, Webster Vienna, “Quality and Variety in Trade Dynamics: The Impact of Trade Tariff”

Stephanie Schroeder, Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, “Changes in gene expression of Aged Drosophila following exposure to volatile anesthetics”

Deborah Stiles, Graduate Department of Education, School of Education, “Studying the Effectiveness of Tree of Life Therapy in the United Kingdom, the United States, and South Africa”

Ece Tuncel, Management, Walker School of Business & Technology, “Creating Value in Negotiations”

Keith Welsh, Religious Studies, College of Arts & Sciences, “The Temples of Phetchaburi, Thailand: A Study of History, Aesthetics, and Social Uses”

Noriko Yuasa, Art, Design, and Art History, Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, “The Design of Departure, An Artist/Designer’s Book”

Eva Zedlacher, Business, Webster Vienna, “Analyzing and improving third-party reactions to workplace bullying complaints.  

The next opportunity to apply for Faculty Research Grants will be Fall 2020. Grant applications are invited for scholarly research, academic projects, artistic performances, exhibitions, and studies in any discipline.

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