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Council on Faculty Research

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Internal Grant Competitions

Council on Faculty Research Fall Competition funds projects for research and creative activity.  Funds are available for commodities, contractual services, equipment, travel, and student help related to the project.  No personal services dollars are available.  The proposal deadline is September 4, 2024, by noon. If you have any questions please call the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at 581-2125 or email Amanda Wolf at See link below to access the application.   Fall CFR Guidelines


Summer Research and Creative Activity Awards provide personal services dollars for research and creative activity projects.  The proposal deadline for the summer 2024 competition is February 6, 2025, at noon.  Application materials are available at the links below.

Summer Research Creative Activity Guidelines


CFR Guidelines and Final Report Forms

 Online CFR Application Site


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2023-2024 Council on Faculty Research Members
and the Colleges Represented

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences  
Ronan Bernas Psychology
Christopher Wixson English
Lumpkin College of Business & Technology  
Toqeer Israr School of Technology
College of Education  
Carole Collins Ayanlaja Educational Leadership
College of Health & Human Services  
Hasan Mavi Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation
Laurel Teller Communication Disorders & Sciences
Library Services  
Kirstin Duffin Booth Library
Ryan Hendrickson  Ex-Officio
Robert Chesnut Ex-Officio

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FY2023 Fall CFR Award Winners

Last Name First Name Department Title
Beck Michael Chemistry & Biochemistry Ester specificity of human drug metabolizing carboxylesterase enzymes
Canam, Periyannan Tom, Gopal Biological Sciences/Chemistry & Biochemistry  Exploring the potential of a medicinal co-product from fungal-treated biomass used for biofuel production
Ha Donghoen Physics Scanning probe microscope-based nanoscale imaging system for semiconductor materials 
Johnson Rebecca Music  Creating a body of diverse repertoire for flute, oboe, piano trio
Patterson Lee History The Roman Presence in Armenia


2023 Summer Research and Creative Activity Awards and Projects


Last Name

First Name



Anderson/Wiles Rick/Peter Mathematics & Computer Science Developing a Tool for Evaluating Geometry Tasks
Barcus Lynne Communication Disorders and Sciences Novel Telepractice Oral Care Education Program for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer
Beck Michael Chemistry and Biochemistry Identifying Potentially Dangerous Drug Interactions in Living Cells using Fluorogenic Chemical Tools
Bickford John Teaching, Learning, & Foundations The Interdisciplinary Anti-Racist Curriculum Website
Burd Camden History “Searching for the Soul of the North Country: Work, Nature, and the Meaning of Place in the Upper Midwest, 1945-1980.”
Caldwell Melissa English Reading and Writing the Iraq War
Canivez Gary Psychology Independent Assessment of the Structure of the Brazilian Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children–Fourth Edition with the Standardization Sample 
Ha Dongheon Physics, Electrical Engineering Development of a macroscale optical property measurement system using a two-port measurement technique
Kang Sanghoon Biological Sciences Triclosan-degrading bacterial populations in wasterwater treatment plants from communities of central Illinois
Kerins Andrew Kinesiolgy, Sport, and Recreation Why on Earth do they do it: Exploring the social experiences of ultramarathon runners
Lee Simon School of Business Price Fairness of Online Auction
Nathan Britto Biological Sciences Can Mushrooms Protect Neuronal Network to Prevent Dementia?
Periyannan Gopal Chemistry and Biochemistry Ferulic Acid and Caulobacter crescentus: Partners in Fighting Bacterial Infections
Semeniuc Radu Chemistry and Biochemistry Synthesis and Characterization of Rotaxane Architectures  with a New Starburst Topology
Thibault Anne Theatre Theatre for Young Audiences adaptation - Life Lessons by Stefan Merrill Block
Wahl Carly Kinesiolgy, Sport, and Recreation Psychological and Physiological Exploration of Recovery Activities Used By Firefighters
Ward Alonzo History Relegated to the Bottom: Illinois African American Workers and their Struggle against Systematic Oppression during the Early Jim Crow Era 
Wehrle Edmund History The “Revolt of the Black Athlete” at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1967-1971
Welch Amanda Mathematics & Computer Science Toggling Interval Closed Sets and Generalizing POD and PED Partitions
Yordanov Yordan Biological Sciences Construction of gene expression roadmap across sunflower development and response



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