Diversity Research Network Launch Awards Program (LAP)

The Diversity Research Network (DRN) invites applications for competitive awards under the auspices of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. The LAP is a new established program developed through the Diversity Research Network. The LAP is intended for underrepresented faculty of color and diversity scholars at MSU. The award is intended to aid scholars in launching new research through pilot study, new creative projects of scholarly merit or the enhancement of a measure or technique. Work that benefits diverse scholars or populations will be prioritized. Collaborations across departments or colleges are also high priority.

Consistent with the goals of the DRN, the LAP supports and promotes productivity among diverse scholars at MSU. This new award is meant to provide some support for new research programs or efforts as scholars to build toward external granting success. In this program we recognize the difficulty of working with underrepresented populations and the challenges associated with early career success among scholars of color.  We are interested in applications that emphasize programmatic research, innovation, community engagement, etc.   Applications having the greatest potential for external funding are particularly supported.   Grants will awarded in an amount of up to $5000.

Applications for the 2019 - 2020 awards will open in June 2019   

Instructions: Proposals are limited to four pages (eleven-point font, one-inch margins; references, professional bio, and detailed budget should be included as appendixes), and must clearly articulate a rationale, methods, offer a concise statement of expected outcomes, and justify the use of this funding source. A letter of support from the unit chair/director must accompany each application. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Diversity Research Network.

Follow-up Reporting Required: A brief midterm report (1-2 pages) detailing progress to date and use of funds is due April 5, 2019. The final report detailing results or outcomes of the project, final accounting and plans for follow-up grant submission is required within 10 months of the award date no later than October 1, 2019.

Questions: Please submit any questions to DRN@msu.edu or call 517-353-4563.

2017 - 2018 Recipients  


Jennifer E Cobbina and Bianca Riesdorf, CSS School of Criminal Justice; CCAS Media & Information

Project: Digital rehabilitation: A pilot study of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the prisoner reentry process

This study aims to evaluate the use and usefulness of ICTs in parolee’s reentry process.

Peter De Costa, CAL Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages (L & L)

Project: Building a Foundation for a Research-Practice Partnership with the Lansing Refugee Development Center 

This project aimed to further the development of research-practice partnership between Lansing’s Refugee Development Center (RDC), Dr. De Costa and Dr. Carrie Symons (Department of Teacher Education) by analyzing asset inventory data from the RDC’s 2017 GLOBE summer program, and collaborating on the design of the curriculum for GLOBE 2018.

Laura Dilley, CAS Communicative Sciences & Disorders

Project: Neurocognitive basis of disparities in clinical evaluations of speech of African Americans

This project aimed to identify acoustic‐phonetic properties responsible for auditory detection of AAE dialect and determine how listener bias and listener experience affect speech intelligibility, specifically for African Americans and AAE dialect.

Alexandra Hildago, CAL Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

Project:  The Weeping Session

This project aimed to develop a website and preview of the film The Weeping Session in support of completion of the film. The Weeping Session intertwines the repercussions of the loss of a beloved person with the loss of one’s country through emigration and through political upheaval like the dictatorship currently oppressing Venezuela.

Cecelia Martinez-Gomez, CNS Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Project: Enhancing sustainable agriculture by unraveling the metabolic footprint of plant-microbiome interactions dependent on rare earth element

This project aimed to unravel the mechanisms by which an effective group of agrochemicals, rare earth elements (REE), affect plant-microbe interactions.  Specifically this project aimed to uncover the functional effect of REE upon Methylobacterium, and seeks to identify the mechanism leading to plant growth stimulation.

Chezare A. Warren, Education Teacher Education 

Project: Utility of Empathy in Culturally Responsive Interactions with Young Black Men and Boys

This project aimed to produce an instructive model for the application of empathy in multicultural classroom contexts by studying specific pedagogical moves teachers make during one-on-one interactions that produce evidence of culturally responsive pedagogy, the motivations underscoring their actions, and the role empathy ultimately plays in their professional decision-making.