First-ever Knowledge Mobilization Spotlight Grants Awarded for COVID-19 Innovation

For this round of grants, applicants were asked to summarize what they’re studying, explain how COVID-19 has impacted them, and share innovative ways they were able to move their projects forward despite the pandemic. 

The Graduate College received more than 70 applications and, out of the impressively competitive pool, selected ten winners rather than five as originally planned. Each winner will receive a grant of $100.

In the coming days, we will feature the COVID-19-related solutions from several applicants to build a resource for all graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and faculty to pull from as COVID continues to have an impact on our research and study methods. 

Knowledge Mobilization Spotlight Grant Awardees

The ten awardees are:

  • Joanna L. Cohen (Social Work) has continued to provide workforce resilience support, now in an online format, for social workers in the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

  • Medha Dalal (Engineering Education) was able to provide hands-on engineering design experiences to high school counselors using mail-in design kits and a virtual workshop.

  • Shahrzad Ghobadlou (Comparative Languages and Cultures) expanded the AZ Computer Assisted Language Learning Conference to be both virtual and international.

  • Allison Hawn (Communication) has continued to research tattoo artists and tattoo as an art in a virtual format while grieving the loss of several collaborators to COVID-19.  

  • Jaime Leah Jones (Sustainability) utilized the content analysis method of research to understand the 2018 Cape Town water crisis after COVID-19 made travel impossible.

  • Caitlin Knox (Business Administration) implemented a homeschool curriculum that allows her to maintain a small business and play a role in the education of her children.

  • John Murray (Anthropology) decided to conduct his fieldwork at home, bringing an electric kiln and 40-50 pieces of silcrete rock to the house, much to his wife’s dismay.

  • Kathleen E Padilla (Criminology & Criminal Justice) is preparing to help police officers manage stress, which now involves understanding the challenges of COVID-19

  • Courtney Smith (Educational Leadership and Innovation) is working to help college students infected with COVID-19 fight loneliness and improve their mental wellness. 

  • Laurana Wheeler Roderer (Violin Performance) helped record and create a “Zoom Opera” after the live performance of the opera she co-wrote was canceled due to the pandemic.