Faculty and staff grants: October 2020

In an effort to promote research and scholarship conducted by Marquette faculty and staff, the Office of Marketing and Communication and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs have partnered to present a monthly recap of recent grants awarded to faculty and staff.

The report will be featured in Marquette Today each month.

The following grants were awarded to university faculty and staff in October 2020.

Marquette University Implementation Grant Application – Marquette Votes Campaign
$19,512 – National Conference on Citizenship

Amber Wichowsky, associate professor of political science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences

Abstract: This grant funded the implementation of a new Marquette Votes campaign, including funding for student fellows and interns, ‘mini-grants’ for student organizations, social media ad buys and promotional materials. These components build upon the foundation built over the last few years to increase voting participation; funding support will expand our campus reach and help institutionalize these efforts.

Related: Empowering voters in 2020: How #MarquetteVotes is engaging student voters this election cycle

Space-related student internships in Applied Physics
$10,573 – Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium

Tim Tharp, assistant professor of physics in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences

Abstract: Students in Marquette’s applied physics major are required to complete two immersion experience internships. Like most areas, these internships have been disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic leading to cancellations. This grant will fund three virtual or limited-contact student internships with companies that are not able to otherwise offer internship opportunities due to hiring freezes or budget cuts to reduce economic uncertainty.

Raise the Roof
$17,000 – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Near West Side Partnership)

Thomas Durkin, research and grant coordinator in the Marquette Center for Peacemaking

Abstract: Milwaukee County recently recognized racism and housing disparities as a public health crisis. This community initiative seeks to make Milwaukee’s Near West Side a healthy neighborhood and address the debilitating effect of housing disparities by preserving and improving senior public housing; building momentum to address social determinants of health and achieve positive outcomes related to health, safety and activated commercial spaces; and educating stakeholders to transform the neighborhood into a mixed-use community with amenities and assets.