Recent Grants and Awards

Deneb KarentzDeneb Karentz

Deneb Karentz, College of Arts and Sciences has received a $1,178,625 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This grant will support and strengthen US participation in Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). This grant will help to develop new directions and establish new frontiers in the international framework of polar science. SCAR is an international organization of which the US is a member, and Dr. Karentz is one of two national delegates. (April 1, 2020)

David SaahDavid Saah

David Saah, College of Arts and Sciences, has received a $219,717 award from the California Energy Commission through a collaboration with Spatial Informatics Group (SIG). This award will be applied towards research and development to fill gaps in knowledge of fire science and apply that new knowledge to improve models to assess wildfire risk for grid operations and planning. The research will help to ensure resiliency of the electric grid in the near- and long-terms in the face of the growing wildfire risk under climate change. (March 18, 2020)

Evelyn HoEvelyn Ho

Evelyn Ho, College of Arts and Sciences, has received a $30,709 award from Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) in collaboration with University of California San Francisco (UCSF). This award aims at conducting pragmatic research of acupuncture and counseling to reduce pain among hospitalized patients with cancer. The research will help to know whether using non-pharmacologic treatments alongside pain medications can better address patients’ pain. (January 3, 2020)

Nicole ThometzProf. Nicole Thometz

Nicole Thometz, School of Arts and Sciences has received a $4,939.88 grant from the Sea Otter Foundation and Trust. This grant will help fund the scientific research for conservation of sea otters. The research involves study of a segment of the southern sea otter range with the goal of expansion and species recovery. (December 31, 2019)

Xiaosheng HuangProfessor Xiaosheng Huang

Xiaosheng Huang, College of Arts and Sciences, has received a $189,889 grant from The Space Telescope Science Institute. This grant is awarded to provide funding for the program titled "Confirming Strong Galaxy Gravitational Lenses in the DESI Legacy Imaging Surveys". This research will help to tackle the cosmologically significant problems of studying substructures in dark matter and measuring the Hubble Constant. (December 19, 2019)

Alison CohenUSF Faculty Alison Cohen

Alison Cohen, School of Management, has received a $20,816 grant from the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation. This award will help to conduct a community-based health needs assessment. This project is aimed to promote health, well-being and social justice in underserved communities of San Francisco. (December 3, 2019)

Nicole ThometzProf. Nicole Thometz

Nicole Thometz, School of Arts and Sciences has received a $60,426 grant from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in collaboration with UC Santa Cruz. This grant will help to collect data through comparative and comprehensive physiological research. The research will advance current knowledge of the physiology capacities and constraints of ice-dependent seals in Alaska. (August 28, 2019)

Alessandra Cassar

Professor Alessandra CassarAlessandra Cassar, School of Arts and Sciences, has received a $300,817 award from the National Science Foundation for a 3- year collaboration with Rutgers University. Funding from this award will support economic research on gender differences in competitiveness and status-seeking behavior. This research will help design economic institutions that contribute to further gender equality. (August 2)

George Gmelch

Photo of Professor George GmelchGeorge Gmelch, School of Arts and Sciences, was awarded $14,900 from the National Science Foundation. This award will fund the editing and post-production costs of a film demonstrating anthropologists at work in the field. The film is intended to show the nature of contemporary ethnographic field research. (July 24)

Bill Ong Hing

Bill Ong HingBill Ong Hing, School of Law, was given a $303,260 subaward from the Central American Resource Center of Northern California as part of the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative. Funding from this award will support legal representation of unaccompanied children, families, and individuals with cases in San Francisco’s Immigration Court. (July 1)

Angela Banks

Angela BanksAngela Banks, School of Nursing and Health Professions, has received a $120,000 grant from the Office of State Health Planning and Development. The University of San Francisco Song Brown RN Program strives to increase education opportunities for ethnic minorities, such as Hispanic/Latinos, underrepresented in the nursing field. This grant supports USF’s partnership with Immaculate Conception Academy to identify potential Hispanic/Latino nursing students, as well as training and retention activities for the nursing program. (July 1)

Alexa Curtis and Trinette Radasa

Trinette R Radasa, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Health Professions, USFAlexa CurtisAlexa Curtis, DNP, Trinette Radasa DNP, School of Nursing and Health Professions, have received $2,462,647 from Health Resources and Services Administration. This award funds clinical training for Nursing professionals to provide accessible behavioral health care in medically underserved populations in Northern California and the California Central Valley. (July 1)

Erin Brigham

Erin Brigham Erin Brigham, Director, The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and Ignatian Tradition, received a $43,000 grant from the Raskob Foundation to support a cross-institutional collaborative of female scholars who are researching and writing a volume on women and the Catholic social tradition. The project will draw upon women’s diverse lived experiences to advance the social tradition in light of the #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements. (May 24)

David Donahue

David DonahueDavid Donahue, McCarthy Center, has received a $20,000 grant from the Walter and Elise Haas Fund. This award will help fund the publication, distribution, and celebration of Engage San Francisco’s Changemakers book project which honors the history of Black San Francisco. (May 10)

The Data Institute at USF

The Data Institute at USF has received a $210,000 grant from the Schmidt Family Foundation to develop data science training in order to increase data capacity across the entire Schmidt Family organization. USFDI will assist the Schmidt Family Foundation in developing data capacity for TSFF Program staff and grantees, scooping grantee data science projects, consulting on grantee data collection, and modelling and advancing scientific discovery. (April 19)

James Wilson and David Uminsky

Professor James WilsonDavid UminskyJames Wilson and David Uminsky, College of Arts and Sciences, have received a $15,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. This grant will help fund the 2nd Annual Data Institute Conference held at USF drawing leaders of industry and academia to explore the latest theoretical advances and technological applications in data science to promote the next generation of cross-disciplinary research. This conference will focus on recruiting and increasing diversity in data science with attendees that are not traditionally represented in STEM fields. (March 14)

Deneb Karentz

Deneb KarentzDeneb Karentz, School of Arts and Sciences, has received $35,000 from the National Science Foundation. The grant helped fund participant travel to SCAR XIII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences in Incheon, Republic of Korea in July 2019. SCAR is an international organization of which the US is a member, and Dr. Karentz is one of two national delegates. (March 8)

Sophie Engle

Sophie EngleSophie Engle, Computer Science, College of Arts and Sciences, along with co-PI’s Alark Joshi, Matthew Malensek, Malik Henfield, and Christina Tzagarakis-Foster, have received a $650,000 5-year grant from the National Science Foundation which will fund scholarships for 12 STEM students. This grant aims to prepare low-income academically talented students for the technology workforce by offering a comprehensive suite of structured opportunities to learn from and contribute back to the departmental, technical, and broader local community. (February 27)

Alexa Curtis

Alexa CurtisAlexa Curtis, DNP, School of Nursing and Health Professions, has received a $56,743 subaward for a training grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Services Administration for a 3-year collaboration with the UCSF, School of Medicine, and the CSU Sonoma, School of Nursing. Funding from this grant will help NP trainees learn about safe opioid prescribing and help them to receive their buprenorphine waiver certifications. (February 8)

Bill Ong Hing

Bill Ong HingBill Ong Hing, School of Law, has been awarded $120,000 from Vital Immigrant Defense Advocacy and Services (VIDAS) as part of the Sonoma County Secure Families Collaborative. Funding from this award will support legal representation of immigrants who live in Sonoma County in removal defense actions. (January 10)