Seed Funding

Faculty Internal Awards are activating research at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus!

Internal Funding

USF Interdisciplinary Research Grant - 2021 Awards

Project Team Project Title
  • Melissa Sloan, USF Sarasota Manatee campus, Sociology
  • Rachael Powers, USF Tampa campus, Criminology
  • Murat Haner, USF Sarasota Manatee campus, Criminology
Recognizing Domestic Terrorism: Identifying Strategies to Raise Public Awareness
  • Jessica Grosholz, USF Sarasota Manatee campus, Criminology
  • Sandra Stone, USF Sarasota Manatee campus, Criminology
  • Sondra Fogel, USF Tampa campus, Social Work
Understanding the Reentry Experiences of Older Formerly Incarcerated Individuals
  • Jay Michaels, USF Sarasota Manatee campus, Psychology
  • Feng Hao, USF Sarasota Manatee campus, Sociology
  • James Cavendish, USF Tampa campus, Sociology
Why Are Religious Americans both Interested in the Environment but Unconcerned about Climate Change?
  • Ying Zhong, USF Tampa campus, Engineering
  • Ehsan Sheybani, USF Sarasota Manatee campus, IS/DS, Muma College of Business 
CD-Robot: Corona Discharge Enabled Smart Robots for Automatic and Non-Contact Disinfection
  • Yao Sun, USF Tampa, Engineering
  • Feng Hao, USF Sarasota Manatee campus, Sociology
  • Giti Javidi, USF Sarasota Manatee campus, Information Technology, Muma College of Business
  • Ehsan Sheybani, USF Sarasota Manatee campus, IS/DS, Muma College of Business 
Leveraging collective intelligence for psychosocial rehabilitation of COVID-19 positive persons and combating vaccine hesitancy 
  • Sandra Stone, USF Sarasota Manatee campus, Criminology
  • Marie Byrd, USF Sarasota Manatee campus, Education
  • Denise Davis-Cotton, USF Sarasota Manatee campus, PAINT Center 
Artfully Inclusive Manatee (AIM) Project: Addressing Racial Disparities in Elementary School Suspensions by Teaching Arts Integrated Social Awareness and Conflict Resolution Skills to Children 
  • Sarina Ergas, USF Tampa, Engineering
  • Qiong Zhang, USF Tampa, Engineering
  • Ken Caswell, USF Sarasota Manatee campus, Chemistry
Recovery of Water, Energy and Nutrients from Craft Brewery Wastes

The USF Sarasota-Manatee campus Internal Awards program is activating research on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus

These awards resulted in pilot data for proposals to external sponsors, students engaged in the research enterprise, high impact publications, and faculty presentations at national and international conference on research at USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. In addition, internal awards provide seed funding for equipment acquisition and pilot research projects so that faculty can demonstrate research capacity, publish initial findings and populate competitive proposals with relevant seed data.

Measurable Return on Investment 

  • Seed data for competitive proposals to federal sponsors.
  • High-impact journal publications, book chapters and books.
  • Inquiry based learning opportunities as students are engaged in research.
  • Visibility at national and international conferences of the breakthrough research happening on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.

The USF Sarasota-Manatee campus Internal Awards program is poised to support research projects, strengthen grantsmanship skills, and provide an opportunity for research service for our faculty. This Internal Awards Program is designed to support USF faculty in their research and scholarship goals. A benefit of this formalized support is that the program participation demonstrates the capacity and enthusiasm for research activity on our campus. In collaboration with the USF Faculty Senate, we established the Research Advisory Board (RAB) of elected faculty members. The RAB provides rigorous peer review of proposals and provide feedback on the Internal Awards to help steer the direction of this program.

2018-19 Research Advisory Board Members

Faizan Ali, Assistant Professor, Hospitality

Adam Carmer, Instructor, Hospitality

Kiyoung Chang, Associate Professor, Finance

Joy D’Andrea, Instructor, Mathematics

Rushtu Deryol, Instructor, Criminology

Ehsan Sheybani, Chair, Associate Professor, ISDS

2018-19 Awardees  

Pilot Research Grants

Lead PI Project Title Award
Caswell, Kenneth Yeast Biotransformed Compounds $8,000
Sheybani, Ehsan Predictive Cybersecurity Analytics for Windows Malware Behavior $5,000
Grosholz, Jessica Human Trafficking: An Evaluation of the Services Provided by Selah Freedom $5,000
Szynkiewicz, Sarah The effects of motor imagery exercise programs on tongue strength $5,000
Byrd, Marie Classroom Management Instruction through 360 Videos $8,000
Javidi, Giti K-12 Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach $8,000
Ngo, Fawn Crime and Victimization among Asian College Students $4,425
Haner, Murat Fear of Terrorism: A National Study of the American Public $8,000
Telang, Aparna Effects of blood meal source on nutritional physiology, reproductive output, and microbiota profile in Culex quinquefasciatus $4,500
Santamaria, Carlos Pollutant stress and gut microbiome composition of Ligia isopods from the Tampa Bay area $4,930
Hodges, Eric Assessing the Needs, Motivation, Resilience of Manatee Co. Veterans $8,000

Faculty Research Travel Grants

PI Name Travel Purpose Budget
Ali, Faizan Presented at the 2018 ICHRIE Conference, served as 'Director of Research' for SECSA, a federation under ICHRIE. Attended the 'Hospitality Marketing & Sales' group. (Palm Springs, California) $1,200
Haner, Murat Presented at the American Society of Criminology, 74th Annual Meeting $1,200
Hodges, Eric Veterans in Society, presentation “Veteran Reintegration and Refugee Resettlement: A Comparative Case Study” (Roanoke, Virginia) $1,200
Javidi, Giti Presented “Cybersecurity, Education, Research, Outreach” at the 2018 Frontiers in Education Conference (IEEE, FIE) (San Jose, California) $1,200
Ngo, Fawn Invited presentation, 16th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology and the 10th Asian Criminological Annual Conference (Hong Kong and Malaysia) $1,200
Sheybani, Ehsan Invited presentation at the Smart Grids for Smart Cities (SG4SC) conference (Brussels, Belgium) $1,200
Sloan, Melissa Invited presenter at the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) $1,200

Faculty Summer Research Grants

PI Name Project Title
Becker, Thomas Nonlinear Transformations in Organizational Research: Possible Problems and Potential Solutions (Organizational Research Methods)
Caswell, Ken Yeast Biotransformed Compounds (Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, Wiley; Biochemistry or J. of Chem Education, ACS)
Chang, Kiyoung Corporate Social Responsibility and 'Good' Governance during Uncertain Times (Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier)
Cowart, Kelly The Role of Absent Fathers on Consumer Behavior (Journal of Advertising, Taylor & Francis); Color Me Bad: A Study of the Role of Media on Student Discipline (Journal of Public Policy and AMA)
Grosholz, Jessica An Evaluation of the City of Sarasota Police Department's Drug Market Intervention (Police Quarterly, Sage; Criminology & Public Policy, Wiley)
McBrien, Jody Educational Policies & Practices in English-Speaking Countries of Refugee Resettlement (Sense Publishers, Springer International), and Complexities of Refugee Resettlement in Japan (Journal of Refugee Studies at Oxford)
Mariano, Jennifer Twofold Moral Purpose: How Young Purpose Exemplars See Themselves and How Others See Them (Journal of Moral Education, Taylor & Francis)
Pieri, Zacharias Boko Haram: The Promise of Islamist Violence (part of book series Military, Strategic, and Security Studies by Routledge)
Turner, Timothy Biopower on the English Stage: The Case of 1 and 2 Tamburlaine (Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Duke University Press

*Award amounts varied based on summer appointment, dedicated time for one summer semester.

Publication Grants

Lead Author Title of Publication Award
Ali, Faizan Partial Least Squares - Structural Equation Modelling in Hospitality and Tourism (Book) ISBN: 9781787567009 $400
Pieri, Zach Editorial support, required by publisher. Boko Haram: The Promise of Islamist Violence, (Book) Routledge Press. $1,000
Santamaria, Carlos Out of Asia: Mitochondria evolutionary history of the globally introduced supralittoral isopod Ligia exotica $1,000
Telang, Aparna Metagenome and culture-based methods reveal candidate bacterial mutualists in the Southern house mosquito Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae). $1,000


Equipment Grants

Lead PI Award Description Award
Ali, Faizan Structure Sensor Bundle, 3D model using a 3D scanner, capture detailed, and full-color 3D scans of objects or people. Potential for use by other disciplines who would benefit, e.g. Phil Wagner/Body Image. $499
Arnold, Michelle Audiometry Pro equipment (1) accurately assess hearing loss in potential research participants; and (2) analyze hearing aid fit and function. $11,374
Javidi, Giti The Robotics Innovation Makerspace (RIM) will be a student and faculty dual-use class/lab space designed with collaborative seating, a presentation area, an easy to use mobile device lab cart with devices to check out within the lab and robots. $24,000
Michaels, Jay BioPac Systems physiological recording, and near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIR) neuroimaging system used to compare physiological data with participant responses to survey questions, measuring perceived stress, together enhancing the data reliability. Physiological and neuroimaging equipment allows for smaller sample studies as the data will be more robust than that of questionnaires alone. $32,985
Santamaria, Carlos Illumina MiniSeq Sequencing System, an NGS platform offering ultra-high throughput (up to 7.5Gb of data, or 50 million sequencing reads) in short periods of time (~24 hours). Highly scalable and flexible for applications including ecological and evolutionary biology (whole genome sequencing), cell biology and behavioral sciences (targeted gene expression profiles), microbiology and environmental sciences (microbial community sequencing or 16S metagenomic sequencing), health sciences (e.g. tumor profiling, RNA Drug Response). $48,906