Original Work Grant and Travel Award Recipients

Ohio University Gateway in the Spring

The Original Work Grant (OWG) supports research and creative work. It is intended to fund direct, project-related expenses such as travel, lodging, materials, and equipment related to research.

The Travel Award (TA) supports travel to present original work, including research and creative works. The Travel Award is intended to enhance graduate education through participation in seminars, workshops, and conferences.

2022 Fall Original Work Grant (OWG) Recipients

Name Degree Program Title of Proposal
Sara Anwar Ph.D. in Environmental & Plant Biology Functional characterization of putative transcription factors of primary cell wall deposition
in rice
Ellie Beckland Ph.D. in Environmental & Plant Biology The Evolution of Aquatic Legumes and Aerenchyma
Sondra Boyle M.F.A. in Communication Media Arts New Strategy: A 360° Music Video
Lacy Davis M.F.A. in Photography + Integrated Media Remnants: Layering of Time and Textiles
Annie Eversz M.F.A. in Photography + Integrated Media Buckskin
Samantha Fedoush Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Plant Biology  The Potential Role of E3 ligases in Plant Gravity Perception and Response Mechanisms
Haley Kean M.F.A. in Printmaking Passive Forms: An Examination of Place and Connection
Samuel Lockhart Ph.D. in Environmental & Plant Biology Determining the viability of seeds produced chasmogamously and cleistogamously in four
species of stemless blue violets
Kehinde Moyosola Ositimehin M.S. in Environmental Studies Hydrology and Agricultural Sediment Pollution in the Pre-restoration Bloody Run Swamp of Ohio
David Daniel Sarpong Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Plant Biology  Molecular and functional characterization of a type 1 toxin-antitoxin system, TisB/IstR1, in Shigella flexneri
Mary Shea Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Evaluating Strategies to Support Sustainment of Effective Classroom Management Practices after Year-long Consultation
Joshua Smith M.M. in Instrumental Music Conducting An Immersive Sensory Experience of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” Universe
Christopher St. John M.F.A. in Ceramics Snow for Flat Rabbit: Exploring the Local through Site-Specific Video Installation

2022 Fall Travel Award Recipients

Name Degree Program
Lawrence Oluwafunbi Ajayi Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
Angelah Bor M.A. in International Studies: African Studies
Gerard Chidiebere Chukwu M.A. in International Studies: African Studies
Abolfazl Faeli Qadikolae Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
Harrison Fender Ph.D. in History
Robert Geng M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Abriana Gresham Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology
Nathan Hawes M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Kayla Heacock Ph.D. in Mathematics Education
Sana Heydarian Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
Maria Janet Hawa Johnny M.A. in International Studies: African Studies
Freda Akosua Lekey Ph.D. in Health Communication 
Bose Maposa Ph.D. in Translational Biomedical Sciences
Miguel Abraham Mojarro Ramirez Ph.D. in Physics 
Travis Moleski Ph.D. in Mechanical and Systems Engineering
Kevin Niese M.M. in Music Education
Babatunde Ibrahim Ojoawo Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
Frank Oppong Ph.D. in Educational Research and Evaluation
Kushal Singla Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
Courtney Taylor Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology
Reaz Uddin Ph.D. in Biological Sciences

2022 Spring Original Work Grant (OWG) Recipients

Name Degree Program Title of Proposal
Oumarou Abdoulaye Balarabe Higher Education and Student Affairs By the Numbers and from their Own Voices: Identifying and Understanding Pathways to Student Thriving at a Public University in Benin. 
Nancin Yusufu Dadem Communication Studies Advancing Social Support Through Interpersonal Communication to Improve Cervical Cancer Screening in North-Central Nigeria
Wren Edwards Biological Sciences The use of wild and cultivated plants for Buraiga chimpanzees in Kibale National Park
Alyssa Embry Theater  Accessible Arts Project 
Tyler Goerge Biological Sciences Assessing the influence of heat hardening on boldness behavior in tree lizards
Robert Green History  The Curtain Falls: Cambodia and the Collapse of American Foreign Policy in Southeast Asia, 1969-1973
Andrew Howard History  Fixing the 'Happy Valley': British Sentimentality and Their Era of Preponderance in Kashmir, 1884-1925
Iman Ikram Communication Studies Evaluation of relationship between men and their willingness to communicate about menstruation: Mediating and moderating factors
Freda Akosua Lekey Communication Studies Cultural Construction of Infertility: The Embodied Experience of Involuntary Childless Women in Ghana
Selene Charnelle Lisbey Geological Science Testing relationships between "hot" and "cold" HP/LT metamorphic rocks in the Rio San Juan and Samana Metamorphic Complexes, Dominican Republic
Kathleen Madsen Environmental and Plant  Biology The Fitness Consequences of Gypsum Endemism
Khairun Nahar Biochemistry Development of photo-affinity label peptides for mapping therapeutically-relevant protein-protein interactions
Gbolaga Oluwasegun Olanrewaju Molecular and Cellular Biology  Investigating the Optimal Protocol for Fixing Protein Cysteine-S-Nitorsation in Arabidopsis
Daniel Asamoah Opoku Graphic Design Identimatics: Deciphering the Mathematical Grammar of Kente Patterns
Brooke Ripley Painting & Drawing Revival Tract

2022 Spring Travel Awards Recipients

Name Degree Program
Zachary Arnett Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Samba Bah Higher Education and Students Affairs
Ellie Becklund Plant Biology
Nancin Yusufu Dadem Health Communication 
Emily Davis Molecular and Cellular Biology
Marissa Dyck Biological Sciences
Melanie Kasaris Osteopathic Medicine
Shiya Liu Counseling and Higher Education
Christian McCall History
Ryan McKnight Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Jacob Murphy Physics
Khairun Nahar Chemistry and Biochemistry
Kehinde Moyosola Ositimehin Environmental Studies
Stefana Rafiroiu Osteopathic Medicine
Hammad Ur Rehman Mechanical Engineering
Ashley Rutkowski Costume Technology
William Schuerman Photography
Jingwen Song Molecular and Cellular Biology
Christopher St. John Ceramics
Xiaorui Sun Instructional Technology
Cassandra Thompson Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Ashley Tudder Experimental Health Psychology
Brian Waldron Biological Sciences
Nicholas Whitticar Translational Biomedical Sciences
Jordan Zdinak History
Yiyue Zhang Experimental Psychology

2022 Summer Travel Awards Recipients

Name Degree Program
Oumarou Abdoulaye Balarabe Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs
Tyler Arnold M.S. in Environmental and Plant Biology
Roshni Ashiq Ph.D. in Health Communication
Kubra Civan Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision
Meredith Fitschen-Brown Ph.D. in Biological Sciences 
Julia Marie Joos Ph.D. in Biological Sciences 
Keamogetse Yasmine Khudu Ph.D. in Counselor  Education and Supervision 
Samuel Lockhart Ph.D. in Environmental and Plant Biology
Kathleen Madsen Ph.D. in Environmental and Plant Biology