Research Council grant recipients Aileen Garcia and Libby Cowgill

Research Council Grant recipients Aileen Garcia and Libby Cowgill

The University of Missouri Division of Research, Innovation and Impact awarded the third round of four rounds of Research Council grants last month, bringing the total number of funded projects to 36. 

These internal awards of up to $15,000 are available for faculty activities leading to book contracts, juried performances and art exhibits, peer-reviewed articles in AAU-endorsed journals, the generation of pilot data for grant proposals and other work aligned with institutional priorities.

Ginny Ramseyer Winter, associate professor of social work and director of the Center for Body Image Research and Policy, was one of last year's award recipients. Focused on understanding the effects of weight stigma and health among obese women seeking primary care, she sees Research Council grants as a great way to fund small seed projects.

"I applied for the grant to build knowledge to support a large-scale proposal," Ramseyer Winter said. "The data we collected are rich and have incredible depth. We are currently analyzing the first round of data for our first publication and plan to collect survey data in the next couple of months." 

Apply through InfoReady by 5 p.m. March 12 to be considered for the final round of Research Council funding available this academic year. For more information, email Internal Funding staff.


Third round of funded projects

Chosen from Research Council Grant proposals submitted by the Jan. 16, 2024, deadline. See first-round projects and second-round projects.


InvestigatorProject Title
Tasha Childs 
Assistant Professor, Social Work
Exploring Teacher Motivators and Detractors to Participation in PK-12 Teacher Racial Bias Interventions
Aileen Garcia 
Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Science; State Specialist for Early Childhood Education, Development and Care for Health and Human Sciences Extension
Applying the Job Demands-Resources Theory in Examining the Job Satisfaction of Home-Based Child Care Providers in Missouri
Minseok Yang 
Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
Demystifying Pathways to Principalships: Certification Acquisition, Job Application and Hiring Results of Principal Applicants



InvestigatorProject Title
Libby Cowgill 
Associate Professor, Anthropology; Director of Graduate Studies
Ancestral Effects on Human Thermoregulation
Shramik Sengupta 
Associate Professor, Biological and Biomedical Engineering
Microfluidic Platform for On-Demand High Throughput Capture and Release of Circulating Tumor Cells
Carissa White 
Assistant Professor, Clinical Radiology
ScanBright: A Transformative Mobile App for Radiology Education
Yao Zhai 
Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Exploration of Optical Metamaterials for Sustainable  
Food-Energy-Water Nexus