CFAES faculty and students receive more than $70,000 for international research

May. 2, 2016

The Office of International Affairs recently awarded more than $150,000 as part of its 2015-2016 Academic Enrichment Grant competition, which supports Ohio State’s Discovery Themes, faculty and student research and the development of new education abroad programs. The grant competition, with separate tracks for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students, was sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, the Office of Research, PHPID, the Office of Undergraduate Education and the China Gateway. Four faculty members and three students in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) together received more than $70,000 to engage in international research in eight different countries. Awardees from CFAES include:

Faculty Research

Qian Chen, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
"Recycling Industrial Wastes in 'Green' Building Wall Materials"
Grant: $4,000 (China)
Mazeika Sullivan, School of Environment and Natural Resources
"Linking Environmental Change and Aquatic Biodiversity in Amazon River Floodplains"
Grant: $6,000 (Colombia, Brazil, Peru)

Graduate Student Research

Matthew Bright, School of Environment and Natural Resources
"Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungal Diversity and Nitrogen Transfer in a Shrub-Millet Intercropping Agroecosystem of Sengal"
Grant: $5,000 (Senegal)
Richard Oldham, School of Envirionment and Natural Resources
"Investigating the Role of Dissovled Oxygen and Turbidity on the Behavior of an African Cichlid Fish"
Grant: $3,500 (Uganda)

Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Disease

Peter Piermarini, Entomology
"An Integrative Approach to Understanding the Emergence of Mosquito-borne Dengue and Chikungunya Viruses"
(Veracruz, Mexico)

China Gateway Research Seed Grant

Lingying Zhao, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
"Agricultural Energy and the Environment: China-U.S."
Grant: $20,000 (China)

Undergraduate Research

Cody McClain, majoring in Agriscience Education
The Changing Meaning of Storytelling in Ghanaian Culture
Grant: $3,000 (Ghana)
To view a complete list of awardees, visit 2015-2016 Academic Enrichment Grants.