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Faculty Internal Funding

  • Awards in Student Mentoring Excellence
  • Faculty Research Support Grant

Grant Writing Support: Resources and Consultant

Faculty members are encouraged to use these contracted consulting services which include (a) grant-writing training sessions and one-on-one consultations in person or remotely by Dr. Ralph Pollack and (b) application consultation and editing services by Ms. Louise Wides. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Pollack or Ms. Wides, please contact Anita Brown at or 202-885-6333. Questions regarding funding opportunities can be directed to or 202-885-3440.

Awards for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring

2018 Award For Excellence In Doctoral Student Mentoring

Rhonda Zaharna
Director, Global Media
School of Communication

2018 Award for Excellence in Master's Student Mentoring

Meg Bentley
Professorial Lecturer
Director in Residence of Laboratories
Department of Biology
College of Arts and Science

We congratulate these award winners!


The Awards for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring:these competitive awards recognize excellence in the mentoring of master's and doctoral students. Each award will include a stipend of $1,000.00. Applications may be submitted by faculty in all of American University's academic units (CAS, KSB, SIS, SOC, SOE, SPA, SPExS and WCL). All full-time faculty members (tenure earning, tenured, and term) are eligible to apply for consideration for either award.

For the Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring, preference will be given to a faculty member who emphasizes research-related mentoring. For the Award for Excellence in Master's Student Mentoring, applicants may emphasize either research mentoring or professional mentoring activities.

Applicants are eligible to apply for one or both awards.

The next application period will be announced in November 2018.

2018-19 Faculty Research Support Grants

The Office of the Provost provides competitive internal research grants to support faculty research, scholarship, professional and creative activities. All full-time tenured or tenure earning faculty and all term faculty are eligible to submit proposals. The Washington College of Law faculty are not eligible for this particular funding opportunity, unless they are part of a group of faculty from other academic units at AU.

The awards are intended to provide financial support for the direct costs of pilot research studies, demonstration projects, feasibility studies or other forms of proof of concept, to enable faculty members to leverage the results and apply for external funds to support their research, scholarship or creative activities.

Cover Page
Final Report (for completion upon end of grant)

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For more information about these internal funding opportunities for faculty, please contact Anita Brown at 202-885-6333 or

College of Arts and Science

John Bracht
Project Title: Investigating the Epigenetic Control of Fat Differentiation

Elizabeth Cotter
Project Title: Mindfulness, Cognitive Function, and Obesity Risk

Lindsey Green-Simms
Project Title: LGBT African Cinema and the Art of Resistance. 

Mark Laubach
Project Title: Reward Signaling by the Prefrontal Cortex

Walter Park
Project Title: Patent Valuation: A New Method Using International Patent Families

Alexander Zestos
Project Title: Novel Electrode Materials for Neurotransmitter Metabolite Detection

Kogod School of Business

Maria Figueroa-Armijos
Project Title: Corporate Reputation in the Sharing Economy

School of Education

Alida Anderson
Project Title: Dispelling the Dyslexia Neuromyth with an Interactive Science Learning Module

Emily Peterson
Project Title: Development of a Classroom Observation Tool to Evaluate Spatial Learning Environments

School of International Service

Lauren Carruth
Project Title: Diabetes in Humanitarian Emergencies: Experiences and Challenges of Type 2 Diabetes in the Somali Region of Ethiopia

Agustina Giraudy
Project Title: Who Gets Help? Poverty and the Allocation of Federal Green Aid



School of Public Affairs

Seth Gershenson
Project Title: What's in a Name? An Empirical Analysis of School Names in the U.S. South

Jennifer Lawless
Project Title: Reinvigorating Interest in Local News: An Experiment

Thomas Zeitzoff
Project Title: Primed for Fighting: The Effect of Leader Rhetoric Endorsing Violence