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Faculty Awards & Grants

Emmeline B. Wells Grant & Women’s Research Initiative Grants

BYU faculty members can apply for research support on specific projects via the university Emmeline B. Wells Grant or the Women’s Research Initiative Grants, which are administered through the Office of the Associate Academic Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. Each year a small group of Global Women’s Studies faculty affiliates participates in the review committee for these grants. Recipients of these grants may be invited to present their findings at the Global Women’s Studies colloquium as they work on and complete their research.

 

Scholarly and Creative Work Grants: Emmeline B. Wells Grant

The Emmeline B. Wells Grant offers support for research and creative work with a focus on contexts and issues related to women's lives.

This grant is intended to encourage and support scholarly and creative work by full-time BYU faculty in a CFS-track position. They are not intended as awards and will not be recognized at the Annual University Conference. These grants will be awarded based on review by a faculty panel for each area of interest. These funds may not be used for faculty salaries.

Any area of scholarship or creative work is eligible for support. Special emphasis will be given to work in the following five broad areas of particular interest to the University and to the Church. The maximum amount of each award will be $25,000 and funds will carry over one additional year (2019 and 2020).  Applicants may also be considered for a Women’s Research Initiative (WRI) grant, but must indicate their desire to do so on the application and submit an additional budget for up to $5,000.

If you received a previous Emmeline B. Wells grant, you are eligible to apply again if you submitted a final report to the AAVP-Research Office.

Applications must include:

  • Cover sheet (download)
  • Curriculum Vitae (no more than 5 pages) 
  • Two letters of support – one from the Dean or Associate Dean, and one from your Department Chair, either attached to application, or sent to lynn_patten@byu.edu or A-376 ASB (must be received by deadline).
  • Description of the project (no more than 3 pages)
  • Detailed budget in the areas of supplies, travel, and/or student wages.

Deadline for Application:  October 31, 2018

Submit the completed application by email to Lynn Patten (lynn_patten@byu.edu) in the Office of Associate Academic Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. 

Notifications of awards will be made in December 2018. Funding will be available in February 2019.

A final report will be required at the end of the project period no later than April 30, 2021. Submit to lynn_patten@byu.edu. It should report on the accomplishments during the term of the grant, the current status of the project, and how the budget was expended. If final report is not submitted, application to another scholarly grant will not be accepted until report is received.

Evaluations or proposals will be based on the following areas:
1.     Application guidelines are followed correctly.
2.     Strength of focus on contexts and issues related to chosen Scholarly Grant area.
3.     Strength of proposal’s research, creative plan, and/or reasonable methodologies.
4.     Strength of outcome of research for publishing or creative products in investigator’s field.
5.     Strength of proposed budget to meet overall objectives. 

If you apply for the Emmeline B. Wells grant and would also like to be considered for the Women’s Research Initiative grant, there is a box you will need to check on the coversheet you downloaded. We recommend doing this so if you are not awarded the Emmeline B Wells grant, you will still be in the applicant pool for the WRI grant (info below).  
 

Women's Research Initiative Grants

These grants are intended to support research and creative work focusing on women by full-time BYU Faculty in a CFS-track position. The maximum amount of each award will be $5000 and the money must be spent during the calendar year in which the award is received. Funds may not be used for faculty salary. If you received a previous Women’s Research Initiative grant, you are eligible to apply again if you submitted a final report to the AAVP-Research Office.

Application should include:

  • Cover sheet
  • Curriculum Vitae (no more than 5 pages)
  • Signatures indicating support from the Dean and Department Chair on the Cover Sheet (NO letters of recommendation needed)
  • Description of the project (no more than 3 pages)
  • Detailed budget in the areas of travel, supplies, and/or student wages.

Deadline for application: October 31, 2018

Submit the completed application by email to Lynn Patten (lynn_patten@byu.edu) in the Office of Associate Academic Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.

A final report will be required at the end of the project period no later than April 30, 2020. Submit to lynn_patten@byu.edu. It should report on the accomplishments during the term of the grant, the current status of the project, and how the budget was expended. If final report is not submitted, application to another scholarly or WRI grant will not be accepted until report is received.

 

2018 Awards:

Emmeline B. Wells Grant

Chelom E. Leavitt (School of Family Life)
“Women's Sexual Mindfulness Project”

Women's Research Initiative Grants:

Celeste Beesley (Political Science)
“Crisis and Sexism”

Laura Bridgewater (Microbiology)
“A Personalized Treatment for Stress- and Diet-Related Deterioration of the Gut Microbiota in Female Mice”

Martha Moffit Peacock (Art History)
“Heroines, Harpies, and Housewives: Women of Consequence in the Dutch Golden Age”

James Dee Higley (Psychology)
“Genetic and Experiential Effects on Mother-Infant Attachment and Infant Outcome”

Marc Hansen (Biology)
“Precision Treatment of Ovarian Cancer with a Novel Therapeutic Background/Readiness”

Stacey Shaw (Social Work)
“Developing a Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Tool to Promote Mental Wellbeing among Refugee Women in Malaysia”

Jenny Hale Pulsipher (American Studies, History)
“Shadow Sacagawea: A Family Story of Race and Religion in the American West”

Katya Jordan (Russian)
“In Their Own Words: Women’s Literary Magazines in 19th-Century Russia”

 

2017 Awards:

Emmeline B. Wells Grant

Charlotte Stanford
“Women and the Building Trades in Henry VIII's England”

Women's Research Initiative Grants:

Michael Taylor
“Witnessing Wounded Knee with "Bright Eyes”: Suzette La Flesche and the Invisible Archive of Indigeneous Women"

Rachel Cope
“Searching for Sanctification: The Spiritual Biography of Catherine Livingston Garrettson”

Heather Jensen and Daryl Lee
“Representations of Mormon Women in Nineteenth-Century French Culture”

Julie Allen
“Triangulating New Nordic Identities: African Christian Women in Danish Disporia ”

Dale Pratt
“Iberian Women Science Fiction Writers”

Anna-Lisa Halling
“Soror Maria do Ceu's Aves illustradas: An Article and an Annotated Edition”

Donna Lee Bowen
“Household Formation Systems and Societal Stability and Resiliance: Year 3”

Craig Harline (History)
“Inseperable: A Story of Conversion, Migration, and Family”

Kristin Matthews
“Black Feminism 2.0”

Evan Ward
“Matron of the Modern: The Life of Blanchette Rockefeller”

2016 Awards:

Emmeline B. Wells Grants:

Eric Wilson (Micro & Molecular Biology)
“Elucidating the Source of IL-17A in Mastitis”

Daniel L. Nielson (Political Science)
“Please Hold the Phone: A Field Experiment on Mobile Technology and Women’s Welfare in Tanzania” 

Women's Research Initiative Grants:

Olga Stoddard, Chris Karpowitz, & Jessica Preece (Political Science)
“The Effects of Group Composition on Long-Term Group Dynamics”

Michael J. Larson (Psychology)
“Error Monitoring Across the Menstrual Cycle: The Role of Dopamine and Association with Mental Health”

Donna Lee Bowen (Political Science)
“Household Labor and Family Satisfaction”

Celeste Beesley & Natalie Wright Romeri-Lewis (Political Science)
“Thresholds of Female Legislative Power, Women’s Experiences, and Countrywide Outcomes”

Brianna Magnusson & Ali Crandall
“The Moderating Effect of Cognitive Control on the Relationship of Early Age at Sexual Intercourse and Risky Sexual Behavior in Adult Women” 

 

2015 Awards:

Emmeline B. Wells Grant:

Mary Jane Woodger, "The Innovations, Inspiration, and Implementations of Elaine Anderson Cannon on LDS Church Organizations"

Women's Research Initiative Grants:

Juan Arroyo - "Molecular Mechanisms of Secondhand Smoke-Induced Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)"

Donna Lee Bowen - "Household Formation Systems and Societal Stability and Resilience"

Eric Dursteler - "Redemption and Honor: Women Slaves in the Early Modern Mediterranean"

Amy B. Harris - "Who was Harriet Browett? Finding Married and Childless Women's Origins in Nineteenth-Century England and America" and "The Strange Case of the Browett Women: Childlessness on the Mormon Frontier"

Brian Poole - "Epitope Spreading in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus"

Brandie Siegfried - "Unveiling Enigma: Queen Elizabeth I, Shakespeare, and the Sackville Pedigree"

Niwako Yamawaki - "Weight-Based Discrimination on Alleged Sexual Violence"

2014 Awards:

Nan Osmond Grass Professorship: Dr. Brandie Siegfried (BYU English)
Emmeline B. Wells Grant:

Spencer James and Brian Willoughby (School of Family Life), "The Marital Paradigm Study: Wave 3"

Jamie Jensen (Biology), "Gender Bias in Lesson Contextual Factors for Life Science Education"

Women's Research Initiative Grants:

Celeste Beesley, “Economic Globalization and Women’s Political Participation”

Donna Lee Bowen, Lynne Nielsen and Valerie Hudson, “Clan Governance, Female Subordination, and State Stability”

Eric Dursteler, “Redemption and Honor: Women Slaves in the Early Modern Mediterranean”

Joshua Gubler and Jessica Preece, “Media Coverage and Implicit Biases about Gender and Politics”

Benjamin Gibbs (Sociology), “Major Decisions: The Role of Gender in the Selection of a College Major”

Tim Heaton (Sociology), “Gender and Political Participation in Africa”

Heather Belnap Jensen (Art History), “Mormon Women Artists Abroad, 1880-1945”

Blake D. Hansen (Teacher Education), “Supporting Mothers with Children with Autism with Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavioral Activation”

2013 Awards:

Nan Osmond Grass Professorship: Dr. Bandie Siegfried (BYU English)
Emmeline B. Wells Grant:

Jessica Preece (Political Science): "Gender and Political Ambition"

Joseph Price (Economics): "Assessing the Effects of Common Social Identity on Individual Effort, Cooperation, and Coordination in Cross-gender Teams: Experimental Study"

Women's Research Initiative Grants:

Rachel Cope (Religion): "Drops of Grace and Mercy: How 19th Century Women Cultivated Personal Change through Conversion"

Jennifer Haraguchi (Italian): "Eleonora Ramirez di Montalvo and Women's Education"

Robert Hudson (French): "Royal Plumes, Redemptive Verse: The Devotional Poetry of Queens and Regents in Reformation France, an Analysis"

Niwako Yamawaki (Psychology): "Perception of Violence Against Women among College Students in the US, Japan and India"

Mikaela Dufur (Sociology): "Acquisition of and Returns to Social Capital: Potential Differences between Boys and Girls"

Nicholas Mason (English): "Caroline Bowles and Women's Satire in Romantic-era Britain"

David Nelson (Family Life): "Normative Perceptions of Aggression among Ukrainian, Turkish, and Taiwanese Adolescents"

Donna Lee Bowan (Political Science): "Clan Governance, Female Subordination, and State Stability"

2012 Awards:

Nan Osmond Grass Professorship: Dr. Brandie Siegfried (BYU English)
Emmeline B. Wells Grant:

Brent Nielsen (Micro & Molecular Biology): “Identification and Association of Mitochondrial DNA Mutations with Fibromyalgia”

Carol Ward (Sociology): “Women Veterans Health Care Focus Group Study—Utah and Montana”

Women's Research Initiative Grants:

Neal Bangerter (Neuroscience): “Quantitative Sodium MRI for Improved Detection and Characterization of Breast Cancer”

Sarah Coyne (Family Life): ’All Girls are Princesses’: Associations between Exposure to Disney Princess-Related Media and Gender Stereotypical Behavior in Girls”

Eric Dursteler (History): “Redemption and Honor: Women Slaves in the Early Modern Mediterranean”

Tina Dyches (Teacher Education): “Perceptions of Single Mothers Raising a Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder”

Leslie Hadfield (History): “On the Frontlines of Health: African Nurses in the Rural Eastern Cape, S. Africa, 1960’s-1980’s”

Marc Hansen (Biology): “Identifying Novel Biomarkers for Early Detection of Breast Cancer Metastasis”

Amy Harris (Family History): “On Their Own? Single Women & Kinship in Early Modern England and New England”

George Ryskamp (Family History): “Weavers, Washerwomen and Wenches: Women, Families and Community in a Rural Spanish Village of the 1700s”

2011 Awards:

Nan Osmond Grass Professorship: Dr. Brandie Siegfried (BYU English)
Emmeline B. Wells Grant: Dr. Valerie Hudson (Political Science)
Women's Research Initiative Grants:

Julie Bevan (Music)

Ralph Brown (Sociology)

Sarah Coyne & Laura Stockdale (Family Life): "Pretty as a Princess? Appearance based and personality features of Disney Princesses"

Cynthia Finlayson (Anthropology)

John Hawkins (Anthropology)

Valerie Hegstrom (Spanish): "An Edition of the Soledades de Buçaco and other poems"

Heather Belnap Jensen (Art History)

Michael Larson & Julianne Holt-Lunstad (Psychology)

Brian Poole (Micro-Biology): "Interferon Regulatory Factor 5 in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus"

Jessica Preece (Political Science): "The Impact of Party Candidate Selection Procedures on Women's Parliamentary Representation"

Carl Sederholm (Humanities): "Lydia Marie Child and the Progress of Religious Ideas"

Carol Ward (Sociology)

Niwako Yamawaki (Psychology): "Others Attitudes Toward Domestic Violence Victims: When the Victims Decide to Return to their Abuser"

2010 Awards

Emmeline B. Wells Grant: Diane Spangler
Women's Research Initiative Grants:

Richard Butler (Economics)

Barbara Culatta et al. (Communication Disorders)

Michael Findley (Political Science)

Valerie Hudson (Political Science)

Larry Nelson (School of Family Life)

Anca Sprenger (French and Italian)

Scott Steffensen (Psychology)

Pat Vehrs (Exercise Science)

Mary Jane Woodger (Church History and Doctrine)