Launch Awards Program Recipients 2018

The DRN-LAP is intended for faculty of color and diversity scholars at MSU. The award is intended to aid scholars in launching new research through pilot study, 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 of high priority. Learn more about the Launch Awards Program

2018 - 2019 Recipients

Nwando Achebe, CSS History

Project: Viewing the Masquerade Dance from Varying Perspectives: A Visual and Audial Repository of the Nigerian-Biafran War


Safoi Babana-Hampton, CAL Romance and Classical Studies

Project: Mapping Legacies of Trauma and of the Unfinished Work of Memory of French Slavery


April Baker-Bell, CAL Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

Project: Early Career Black Women in Academia: From the Academic StrongBlackWoman & Mammy to Self-Preservation


Yomaira Figueroa, CAL English/AAAS Tamara Butler, CAL English/AAAS Delia Fernandez, CSS History/CLS Estrella Torrez, RCAH Arts & Humanities

Project: Proyecto Palabras Puerto Rico


Alexandra Hidalgo, CAL Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

Project: The Weeping Season


Dongbin Kim, College of Education, Educational Administration

Project: Immigrant professors at Michigan State University: Experiencing conflicts between immigrant and cosmopolitan scholar identities and the implications for their engagements in civic service and leadership.


Sidney Xu Lu, CSS, History

Project: Japanese Exclusion in the United States and Japanese Trans-Pacific expansion, 1897-1964


Michael Olabisi, CANR, Agricultural Food and Resource Economics

Project: Trade and Employment Shocks


Maribel Santiago, College of Education, Teacher Education

Project: A National Comparative Study on Teaching Latinx Social Studies Topics


Mieka Smart, College of Human Medicine

Project: Monitoring the impact of the pending “sachet ban” alcohol policy intervention in Uganda


Kevin Walker, CNS Chemistry Edith Onyeozili Chemistry (Florida A & M Univ., Tallahassee, FL) Walker Group at Michigan State University

Project: Repurposing MIO-Aminomutase Chemistry to Make Bioactive Arylserine Stereoisomers