ESDRI Seed Grant Projects

Through a competitive request for proposals process, the Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative awards seed grants to promising research projects proposed by interdisciplinary teams from across the Kent State University community.  These grants are intended to support early research efforts in acquiring preliminary data, upon which the team can build further research and propose more robust projects. Below you will find information about the projects awarded in 2018 and 2019.  The RFP has been typically announced in November of the previous year, with proposals due in February and awards announced in April.  If you are interested in seed grant opportunities, please contact the ESDRI co-directors

 

Seed grant projects awarded in 2019:

 

Local Environment-based Authentic Discovery Research and Outreach on Lead

Investigators:

Dr. Bridget Mulvey (College of Education, Health, and Human Services)
Dr. David Singer (College of Arts and Sciences)

Bridget Mulvey
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Bio-receptive porous concrete substrate made from dredged material for living architecture

Investigators:

Dr. Rui Liu (College of Architecture and Environmental Design)
Dr. Reid Coffman (College of Architecture and Environmental Design)

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In silico et in situ: Chimney Swift Tower

Investigators:

Margarita Benitez, MFA (College of the Arts)

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Removal of water pollutants with green algae

Investigators:

Dr. Qunxing Ding (College of Arts and Sciences)
Dr. Xiaozhen Mou (College of Arts and Sciences)
Dr. Haiyan Zhu  (College of Arts and Sciences)

 

Seed grant projects awarded in 2018:

 

Enhancing Climate Preparedness through Geodesign of Urban Green Space

Investigators:

Dr. Scott Sheridan (College of Arts and Sciences)
Theresa Schwarz (College of Architecture and Environmental Design)

 

Designing a Sensor Network to Investigate how Redox Regimes Control  Iron and Phosphorus Biogeochemistry

Investigators:

Dr. Lauren Kinsman-Costello (College of Arts and Sciences)

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FoSTERing Restoration Success at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Investigators:

Dr. Anne Jefferson (College of Arts and Sciences)
Dr. Christie Bahlai (College of Arts and Sciences)
Dr. Bridget Mulvey (College of Education, Health and Human Services)

 

Biodiversity Roofs as Novel Ecosystems

Investigators:

Dr. Reid Coffman (College of Architecture and Environmental Design)
Dr. Christie Bahlai (College of Arts and Sciences)