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Grant & Award Recipients - 2023-2024

TLOS, working with the Provost's Office, awarded the following 4-VA Collaborative Research Awards in Spring 2023 for funds to be distributed in July 2023. 

4-VA Collaborative Research

4-VA is a collaborative partnership between eight Virginia universities intended to promote collaborations that leverage the strengths of each university. Funding for Collaborative Research awards is provided up to $30,000 to support pilot research headed by a Virginia Tech faculty member collaborating with at least one faculty partner in a 4-VA member institution. This seed funding is designed to lay the groundwork and increase potential for proposals to external granting agencies such as the National Science Foundation, and National Institute for Health.

Chen, ​​Yan, Computer Science, Visualizing Code Changes to Understand Students' Mental Models in Programming Education at Scale with Thomas LaToza from George Mason

​​Feng, Yiming, Virginia Seafood AREC, and Zhiwu Want, Biological Systems Engineering, Hyperspectral imaging for the real-time detection of microplastic particles in seafoods with Benoit Van Aken from George Mason, and Sandeep Kumar from ODU

Hosseinichimeh, Niyousha, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Investigating Factors and Processes Affecting Stroke Readmission with Rod MacDonald from JMU

Kaufman, Eric, and Mikel Manchester, Agricultural Leadership and Community Education, David Sample, Biological Systems Engineering, Feras Batarseh, Biological Systems Engineering, and Denis Gracanin, Computer Science, CyberBioSecurity for Smart-Connected Communities (CSCC) with Mohamed Azab from VMI (Planning Grant)

Li, Huaicheng, Computer Science, Near-data Processing for Machine Learning Workloads Acceleration with Yue Cheng from UVA

Misra, Shalina, Urban Affairs and Planning/School of Public & International Affairs, Benjamin Katz, Human Development / Family Science, and Patrick Roberts, Center for Public Administration & Policy, Autonomy and Competence in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: A Study with Stephen Marrin from JMU, and Brie Haupt from VCU

Scarpa, Angela, School of Education - Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), Amy Azano, School of Education, Cathey Sutphin, VCE, and Kathy Hosig, Population Health Sciences, Testing the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes in Autism (ECHO Autism) Model for Educator Training in Rural Virginia with Micah Mazurek, and Rose Nevill from UVA  

Senger, Ryan, Biological Systems Engineering, and John Robertson, VMD, Veterinary Medicine, Detecting Bladder cancer (BCa) progression, patient clinical status, and treatment efficacy with Raman spectroscopy of urine and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML)  with Georgi Guruli MD from UVA

Weber-Lucarelli, James, Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, Creating an improved oncolytic virus through directed evolution with Harald Sontheimer from UVA

Yang, Chin-Cheng Scotty, James Wilson, and Aaron Gross, Entomology, Assessing the risk of cross-species spillback transmission of a major viral pathogen in bees with T'ai Roulston from UVA

Zhang, Mengxi, Department of Health Systems and Implementation Science, and Junghwan Kim, Geography, Navigating Disparities in Dental Health - a Mixed-method Investigation of Access to Dental Care in VA with Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, DDS from VCU School of Dentistry

Baniya, Sweta, English/Center for Refugee, Migrants, & Displacement Studies, and Katrina Powell, Center for Refugee, Migrants, & Displacement Studies, New American Resources: Partnerships and Initiatives at Virginia Higher Education Institutions to Strengthen Virginia’s Migration Support with Grant Rissler and Saltanat Liebert from VCU, Kristen Richards and Nicole Neitzey from JMU, and Michelle Drongold-Sermen from George Mason