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Junior faculty receive WSU seed funding

Four researchers in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences are among 14 recipients of Washington State University’s New Faculty Seed Grants, helping develop their research, scholarly or creative programs.

The New Faculty Seed Grant program is funded by the Office of Research and the Office of the Provost.

For more than 40 years these offices have provided seed funding to junior faculty as they build the foundation for their academic programs, allowing them to effectively seek out extramural funding and providing them opportunities for professional growth.

This year, 54 proposals were received. The 14 selected proposals represent the range of scholarly activity taking place at WSU. The total amount of grant funding is $249,986.

Winning proposals include:

  • Brianna Ewing, School of Food Science, yeast nutrition in cider fermentation.
  • Sarah Hart, School of the Environment, environmental recovery and resilience after fire.
  • Chanmi Hwang, Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles, the development of economically feasible and functional maternity hospital gowns.
  • Richard Iles, School of Economic Sciences, exploring the effects of cognitive information processing costs through a simulation which asks users to either sell or vaccinate livestock.

To read full descriptions of these programs, visit