2020 Grants and Awards

Bill Ong Hing

Professor Bill HingBill Ong Hing, School of Law, has been awarded additional funding of $168,000 from the California Department of Social Services to continue providing legal services to unaccompanied undocumented minors as part of USF’s Immigration Law Clinic. This will be Professor Hing’s seventh year of funding. The Refugee Programs Bureau funds nonprofit legal organizations to provide these services and USF’s Immigration Law Clinic will continue to represent unaccompanied undocumented minors in Northern California over the next year. (November 6, 2020)

Naupaka Zimmerman

Naupaka ZimmermanNaupaka Zimmerman, College of Arts and Sciences, has received a $199,108 award from the National Science Foundation. This grant will help to understand the magnitude of changes in soil carbon fluxes to predict the carbon balance of terrestrial ecosystems in a changing climate. This project aims to increase the number of educational modules in ecosystem science." (August 3, 2020)

Angela Banks

Angela BanksAngela Banks, School of Nursing and Health Professions, has received a $3,250,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Funding from this grant will provide scholarships to nursing students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This grant will help to increase the number of BSN graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds practicing in medically underserved areas, and primary care settings. (May 28, 2020)

Angela Banks has also received a $120,000 grant from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. The University of San Francisco Song Brown RN Program 2019 aims to increase education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented among nurses. This Song-Brown Program grant will allow Dr. Banks to provide cohort participants with the following: pre-entry preparation, mentoring with retention activities, student financial support, and cultural competency. Dr. Banks has received this award for the third time in the last three years. (May 26, 2020)

Deneb Karentz

Deneb KarentzDeneb 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 Saah

David SaahDavid 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 Ho

Evelyn HoEvelyn 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)