February 2021 faculty and staff grants

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 February 2021.

News release: Professor receives Department of Energy grant through ASCEND program

Dr. Ayman EL-Refaie and Dr. Nathan Weise



Delta Dental of Wisconsin-Marquette University Public Health Fellowships
$375,000 – Delta Dental of Wisconsin Foundation, Inc.

Dr. William K. LobbDr. William Lobb, dean of the Marquette School of Dentistry

Abstract: This award funds a one-year fellowship program in affiliated community partner dental clinics in Eau Claire and Appleton, Wisconsin. The goals are to increase access to oral health care for underserved populations in Wisconsin; the number of dental school graduates who are familiar with the needs of underserved populations; and the understanding of the importance of oral health care among underserved populations, while increasing the dental public health knowledge of graduates.

Promoting Peace and Justice through Interfaith Dialogue
$8,811 – Wisconsin Humanities Council

Heather HathawayDr. Heather Hathaway (PI), professor of English and Africana studies; Dr. Irfan Omar, associate professor of systematic theology; Dr. Robert Smith, Harry G. John Professor of History, in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences; and Patrick Kennelly, director, and Dr. Thomas Durkin, research and grant coordinator, of the Marquette Center for Peacemaking.

Abstract: This project seeks to bring together humanities experts, religious leaders and community members to spark a community conversation about the history of interfaith engagement in Milwaukee. Continuing the work of the original Muslim-Christian dialogue group that convened in Milwaukee more than four decades ago, it seeks to consider how challenges to communities that have arisen during the coronavirus crisis have been addressed by interfaith partners.

Neighborhood Entrepreneur Project
$35,000 – Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Nathaniel Hammons, clinical associate professor and director of the Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic in Marquette Law School.

Abstract: This project will provide critical legal support to, and educate, low- and moderate-income microentrepreneurs in Wisconsin. The goal is to address a gap in Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, widened by the coronavirus pandemic and racial unrest: Many neighborhood entrepreneurs have great business ideas and passion yet do not understand business law basics and cannot afford to hire a private attorney. This project will expand the Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic’s resources and outreach, including through creation of an online platform with legal information for microentrepreneurs.