Strategic Research Initiatives provide funding boost to College of Arts and Sciences faculty-led research
To better serve faculty in conducting cutting-edge research into pressing social and scientific issues, Mississippi State’s College of Arts and Sciences announces this year’s recipients of the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) programs -- the Faculty Seed Funding program and the Race and Racism Research Funding program -- an annual grant program providing funds for faculty research.
The SRIs provide up to $10,000 per proposal through two tracks: Track I for pre-tenure CAS faculty, and Track II for any CAS faculty members who believe they have a “hot-topic” or priority-area projects necessary to springboard new competitive federally funded proposals or will lead to quality peer-reviewed publications.
The program was developed to support CAS faculty members who contribute significant positive impacts in their fields of study.
Giselle Thibaudeau, associate dean for research for the College of Arts and Sciences, said, “I am very appreciative for these funding opportunities, made possible through the generosity of the College of Arts and Sciences Deans Office and the CAS Advisory Board. I am also extremely proud of the efforts, resilience and world-class scholarly output of our faculty. I look forward to seeing the continued impacts that the 2024 SRI awards will have on our faculty, our units, the university, the disciplines, the nation and the globe.”
Faculty who received 2024 SRI Faculty Seed Funding include:
-- Sidney Creutz, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry: “Demonstrating New Modes of Metal-Ligand Cooperativity for Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution and Hydrogenation Without.”
-- Scott DiGiulio, assistant professor in the Department of Classical and Modern Language and Literatures: “Verba Aliena: Quotation as Discursive Practice in the Roman Empire.”
-- Joseph Emerson, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry: “Inhibition of catADAMTS-5 by Punicalagin and Related Derivatives.”
-- Amanda Patrick, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry: “Exploring DART-MS for the Analytical Detection and Characterization of Ionic Liquids.”
-- Jingyi (Catherine) Shi, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics: “Developing a Machine Learning Tool for Mining Factor Combinations.”
-- Fikriyah Winata, assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences: “The Geography of Mental Health Care in Mississippi: Understanding Locations, Facilities, and Professionals in Providing.”
-- Nathan Wisnoski, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences: “Ecology of the Catfish Microbiome.”
The SRI Race and Racism Research Funding program provides funds for research and scholarship focused on the critical study of race and racism. The program seeks diverse areas of race and racism research which will lead to new understandings of, and research-based solutions to, racial inequalities.
The faculty member who received 2024 Race and Racism Research Funding is Mary Gilbert, assistant professor in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures for her project, “The Near and Distant Dispossessed: Critical Anachronism in Wole Soyinka’s The Bacchae of Euripides: A Communion.”
For more details about MSU’s College of Arts, visit www.cas.msstate.edu.
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Sam Kealhofer | College of Arts and Sciences