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INSPIRED Micro-Grants

Incentivizing Collaboration Among Women in STEM

The ADVANCE Adaptation: INSPIRED (Inclusive Practices in the Retention and Equity of Diverse Faculty) initiative will fund networking micro-grants for faculty that identify as women, transgender, or gender nonbinary in STEM fields during this academic year. Recognizing the isolation that such faculty may face, the micro-grants aim to facilitate ongoing and new collaborations between these faculty at LUC and external scholars. The award amount can vary between $100 and $2,000.

Paula Tallman

Paula Tallman

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences

This project will fund travel for two international scholars: Dr. Gabriela Salmon-Mulanovich (Public Health Specialist and Researcher at the Institute for Nature, Earth and Energy at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) and Dr. Armando Valdés-Velásquez (Conservation Scientist and Director of the Laboratory of EcoHealth and Urban Ecology, and Board member of CLIMA, the Latin American Center for Climate Change and Health at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia). A brownbag workshop will be organized where the scholars will present their ongoing collaboration on the effects of climate change on indigenous populations in Perú.

Ping Jing

Ping Jing

Associate Professor, School of Environmental Sustainability

Dr. Jing’s research is on the effects of climate change on air pollution in Chicago. This project will fund a trip to visit two collaborators: Dr. Emily Fischer (Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University) and Dr. Arsineh Hecobian (Air Specialist, Health, Safety and Environment, Chevron Corporation). The microgrant aims to strengthen the collaboration between Drs. Jing, Fischer, and Hecobian

Sara Lipshutz

Sara Lipshutz

Assistant Professor, Biology Department, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Lipshutz’s research is on evolution of female mating behavior in avian species. This proposal aims to fund a trip to Mono Lake, CA, to collect behavioral and genomic samples from spotted sandpipers. The fieldwork will involve a collaborator from UC Davis and an LUC undergraduate student.

Caroline Turner

Caroline Turner

Assistant Professor, Biology Department, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Turner’s research is on bacteria adaptation to low-nitrogen conditions. This proposal aims to support the visit of Dr. Betül Kaçar from the University of Wisconsin - Madison to LUC, providing Dr. Turner with networking and collaboration opportunities.

Examples of microgrant activities that can be covered include, but are not limited to, travel to visit a collaborator, organizing a mini-workshop with colleagues, or hosting a collaborator/speaker on campus. Scholars may apply for the micro-grant during the Spring funding cycle and may submit only one proposal per academic year. Proposals should be sent to ADVANCE@luc.edu. The subject line must say “NSF-ADVANCE microgrant.”

Incentivizing Collaboration Among Women in STEM

The ADVANCE Adaptation: INSPIRED (Inclusive Practices in the Retention and Equity of Diverse Faculty) initiative will fund networking micro-grants for faculty that identify as women, transgender, or gender nonbinary in STEM fields during this academic year. Recognizing the isolation that such faculty may face, the micro-grants aim to facilitate ongoing and new collaborations between these faculty at LUC and external scholars. The award amount can vary between $100 and $2,000.

Examples of microgrant activities that can be covered include, but are not limited to, travel to visit a collaborator, organizing a mini-workshop with colleagues, or hosting a collaborator/speaker on campus. Scholars may apply for the micro-grant during the Spring funding cycle and may submit only one proposal per academic year. Proposals should be sent to ADVANCE@luc.edu. The subject line must say “NSF-ADVANCE microgrant.”