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Faculty Secure Nearly $100K in Grants from Texas Global

  • May 24, 2023
  • Ellen Stader

Texas Global awarded grants to 13 faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin in May 2023, advancing transnational collaborations, research and teaching initiatives, publications and events. The Spring 2023 funding cycle yielded a total of $92,000 for international scholastic endeavors in fields ranging from public health and safety to global business and communication and more. 

An overall total of $774,700 since 2020 has supported faculty in 16 colleges, schools and units for pursuing ventures that advance interdisciplinary, innovative and international opportunities for education, creative activity and research on the Forty Acres and beyond. The Texas Global Funding Opportunities page offers information on funding available to faculty members whose work advances the university’s mission of global engagement.  

Faculty Research Seed Grants 

Texas Global’s Faculty Research Seed Grants provide seed funds for a research proposal with a peer collaborator at an existing or potential partnering institution or organization. The initiative develops new partnerships and strengthens existing ones between UT Austin and higher education institutions and organizations around the world.   

Xiaofen Hamilton  

Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education 
“Regular Fitness Self-testing on Improving Health-related Fitness and Physical Activity Behaviors of American and Chinese College Students Using Wearables”  

Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla  

Associate Professor, School of Architecture 
“Guidelines of Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Heritage Buildings with Cutting-Edge Repairing Technologies and Methods”  

Mary Jo Kirisits  

Professor, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering 
“Investigating the impact of free-living amoebae and their bacterial endosymbionts on drinking water opportunistic pathogens”  

Yan Leng  

Assistant Professor, Information, Risk, and Operations Management, McCombs School of Business 
“Mapping Market Structure Evolution for Disadvantaged Businesses: An Application to a Brazilian Omnichannel Retailer”  

Publication Fund  

The Texas Global Publication Fund encourages the development and dissemination of linguistically diverse knowledge to a global audience, broadening the UT Austin community’s exposure to international politics and histories, languages, literature, global arts and culture.   

Sonia Seeman  

Associate Professor, Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music, College of Fine Arts 
“Sounding Roman: Representation and Performing Identity in Western Turkey”  

Internationalization Event Fund  

The Internationalization Event Fund supports academic units that sponsor globally oriented events involving multiple colleges and schools to reach broad and diverse audiences of 200 or more attendees.  

Ricardo Ainslie  

Professor, Educational Psychology, College of Education 
“Puentes: Building a Bi-national Collaboration to Address Health Disparities in Rural Mexico”   

Global Virtual Exchange  

The Texas Global Virtual Exchange initiative supports faculty in co-creating Collaborative Online International Learning courses with peers at universities around the world. The program fosters meaningful, sustainable and accessible international experiences in which UT Austin students and those at partnering institutions deepen their understanding of the subject matter and gain global perspectives while engaging in project-based learning. 

Marilyn Felkner  

Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Human Ecology, College of Natural Sciences 
“Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Guatemala”   

Global Career Launch  

The innovative internship framework of Global Career Launch allows faculty to lead undergraduate and graduate students in high-impact work and research experiences abroad. Faculty with a new or established relationship at a university, research center, corporation or other industry partner abroad serve as program directors, who lead and support cohorts of up to 10 students each in interning or conducting research abroad.  

David Eaton  

Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs 
“Japan: Opportunities to Design and Build a Sustainable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Hiroshima Prefecture”  

Hirofumi Tanaka  

Professor, Kinesiology and Health Education, College of Education 
“Health Benefits of Buddhist Walking Meditation”  

Maria Luisa Echavarria  

Assistant Professor of Instruction, Spanish and Portuguese, College of Liberal Arts  
“Exploring Local Multidisciplinary Solutions to Global Challenges in a Time of Transition”  

Faculty Travel Planning Grants  

Texas Global Faculty Travel Planning Grants afford faculty a unique opportunity to develop connections and seek potential initiatives within their international networks in the interest of ultimately producing high-quality Texas Global funding proposals.  

Minette Drumwright  

Distinguished Teaching Professor, Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations, Moody College of Communication 
“Reigniting a Partnership in Strategic Global Communication”  

Luisa Gil Fandino   

Assistant Professor of Instruction, Division of Textiles and Apparel, School of Human Ecology, College of Natural Sciences 
“Developing the Next Generation of Nanocoatings and Nanomaterials”  

Benjamin Gregg  

Professor, Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts 
“The Bioethical Principle of Individual Autonomy in Illiberal States: Challenges for Cross-National Gene-Editing Guidelines”   

For more information on grant opportunities available, visit the Texas Global Funding Opportunities webpage.