Academic Affairs Small Grants Program

Academic Affairs Small Grant Program

The Academic Affairs Small Grants Program provides seed funding up to $5,000 for faculty research projects.  Funds can be used for supplies, equipment, software, or travel expenses incurred in carrying out the research. Faculty Research Grant Committee members individually read and rank research proposals using a rubric to make funding decisions. The calls for proposals are every fall and spring semester.

Call for Academic Affairs Small Grants

The call for research grant proposals for 2023-2024 Round II opens February 1, 2024 with a deadline of February15, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. EST.  Applicants should read the guidance provided by Academic Affairs. Review the Faculty Research Grant rubric, the Creative Endeavor Grant rubric, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant rubric for more information. Once the applicant has her/his materials ready to submit, please log into GeorgiaVIEW/D2L, click on the Self Registration menu option, find the 2023 Academic Affairs Small Grants Program course.  Be sure to complete the self-registration for the course. Submission instructions and forms to upload your materials are in the course announcements.  

For assistance, contact, or call (478)445-2520

Spring 2024 Submission Timeline

Application Open: February 1, 2024 to February 15, 2024 @ 5:00 p.m. EST
Committee review of proposals: March 5, 2024
Proposal decisions submitted to Provost's office: March 6, 2024
Notification letters distributed to applicants: March 11, 2024
Award Lasts Until:  May 1, 2025
Project Period: Up to one calendar year
Preliminary Reports Due by: November 1, 2024
Final Reports Due by: May 1, 2025

Submitting Preliminary Reports

Faculty who have received grants will need to submit a preliminary (six-month) Research Grant Report. This report should summarize your activities and progress toward the achievement of your research objectives and will provide information for the Faculty Research Grant committee. Acceptance of this award constitutes your agreement to have your proposal and report shared with committee members. The report should contain the following:

• Summary of results during the course of the project and how they addressed the Seed Funding program goals.
• Budget report outlining utilization of funds and details of any expenditure(s) outside the approved budget.
• Resulting publications, performances, conferences, exhibits, including titles, dates, venues, and bibliographic information.
• Progress in applying for external funding, including titles, agencies, date submitted (past and future), amounts requested, status, and awarded amount. You are encouraged to meet with Donna Douglas, Interim Director of the Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects, to identify potential funding sources.
• Recognition: awards, honors, prizes, and reviews.

Preliminary reports should be submitted through this survey link:

Submitting Final Reports

Faculty who have received grants will need to submit final reports by November 1 for Round I grants and May 1 for Round II grants. The following conditions will need to be met:

  1. All expenditures from this award must follow Georgia College’s e-procurement, purchasing, and travel procedures. It is your responsibility to process your travel expenses and to enter all purchase requests into the e-pro system. All computer and software purchases must be approved by IT through Travel expense statements are to be entered into the system. You must maintain records in your research file.
  2. Any equipment purchased will remain the property of Georgia College. During the active life of your project, you will have priority use of this equipment.
  3. Any funds not encumbered or spent by May 1 (Round I) or November 1 (Round II), will be returned to the Faculty Research Grants Committee for reallocation.
  4. Submit a copy of the final report to OGSP(

The final report template can be found here.

Academic Affairs Small Grants Program Committee Members

The following faculty members serve on the Academic Affairs Small Grants Program Committee.  They spend time and effort examining each application and determining who should be funded.  Their efforts help make this process stronger.

Name Department Term Role
Angela Roberts Health Sciences 2021-2024 Member
Valeka Holt Arts & Sciences 2019-2022 Member
David Zoetewey Arts & Sciences 2019-2022 Member
Bob Duesing Business 2021-2024 Member
John Swinton Business 2019-2022 Member
Liz Speelman Heath Sciences 2019-2022 Member
Bill Risch Arts & Sciences 2019-2022 Chair - Spring 2021
Jessamyn Swan Library 2022-2025 Member
Hiller Crook Education 2019-2022 Member
Karynne Kleine Education 2021-2024 Member
Jim Berger Center for Teaching & Learning   Ex-officio
Dana Gorzelany-Mostak Center for Teaching & Learning   Ex-officio
Grant Recipients

Spring 2024 round ii recipients

Faculty NameTitleAward AmountGrant Type
Tsu-Ming ChiangUnderstanding the Effects of COVID-19 on Young Children's Social-Emotional Development to Build Tools for Emotional Coaching$2,786.10FRG
Dominic DeSantisEffects of roadways on seasonal movement strategies and mate location success in an imperiled pit viper (Crotalus horridus)$4,970.00FRG
Susmita SadhuEarly warning signals of tipping in multispecies ecological models$5,000.00FRG
Ashley TaylorEnhancing Social-Emotional Learning in Rural Classrooms: A Teacher-Centered Needs Analysis$5,000.00FRG
Amy JohnsonAppalachian Anthropocene: Wayfinding with Women in Northwest Georgia$4,915.00FRG
Jamie DowningMapping and Making Sense of Munich’s Dispersed WWII Monuments$2,222.00FRG
Katie SimonDriving While Black: Mobility, Travel, and Violence in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”$3,150.00FRG
Krystal CanadyPrimary Prevention of Incivility in Nursing Students$4,262.00FRG
Matthew ForrestDyslexia resource support K-12$4,750.00CEG

FRG = Faculty Research Grant, CEG = Creative Endeavor Grant, SOTL = Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant

Fall 2023 round i recipients

Faculty NameTitleAward AmountGrant Type
Helen DupreeThe Body Project: An Assessment of Program Impacts on Eating Disorder Behaviors among College Students$5,000.00FRG
Indiren PillayEffects of Soil Chemistry on the Distribution and Genomic Diversity of Actinobacteriophages in Central Georgia$4,944.50FRG
Chris ClarkEstimating the Effects of The HOPE Scholarship on College Tuition$1,465.00FRG
Sunita ManianInterview of Key Informants Working with Trans Men in India$5,000.00FRG

FRG = Faculty Research Grant, CEG = Creative Endeavor Grant, SOTL = Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant

Spring 2023 round ii recipients

Faculty NameTitleAward AmountGrant Type
Andrew AllenSigurd Raschèr in the United States: 1940-1945$2,175.00FRG
Kevin Hunt, Lisa Griffin, Candice GriffethExercise is Medicine: An Assessment of Early Onset Osteopenia and Osteoporosis in College Aged Individuals$5,000.00FRG
Hasitha MahabadugeDevelopment of Solid-State Detectors for CubeSat Satellite Missions$5,000.00FRG
Bruce SnyderSouth Georgia Millipede Survey$5,000.00FRG
Ellen FranceIdentification of novel interactor of Sec6 protein via Yeast Genetic Screen$4,954.00FRG
Joanne SpaldingAnalysis of the Physical and Positional demands of an NCAA DII Women’s Soccer Season with Measures of External and Internal Load$4,984.00FRG
Stephanie Jett & Laurie PeeblesSights and Sounds of Veteran Identity: The Use of Photovoice Technique and Lyric Analysis in a Community-Based Participatory Action Research Framework$4,998.00FRG
Benjamin (Chad) Whittle & Christina C. SmithLocal Media Start-Up: Baldwin County High School Podcasting Club$3,030.00CEG

FRG = Faculty Research Grant, CEG = Creative Endeavor Grant, SOTL = Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant


fall 2022 round i recipients

Faculty NameGrant TitleAward AmountGrant Type
Dana Gorzelany-MostakSongs of Political Persuasion: Hearing Music on the U.S. Presidential Campaign Trail, 1840-1918$3,700.00CEG
David WeeseEcological Succession in Macroinvertebrate Communities Following a Volcanic Eruption$4,406.89FRG
David ZoeteweyUnderstanding the Structural Mechanism of SARS-CoV2 Membrane Fusion During Infection$5,000.00FRG
Kasey KarenPotential Roles of the Proteins E4 11k and Ddx6 in RIG-I-dependent Interferon Activation in an Adenovirus Infection$5,000.00FRG
Natalie ToomeyIndividual Differences and Multimedia Learning$5,000.00SOTL
Sandra TrujilloRavenna Mosaic Project$4,976.00CEG

FRG = Faculty Research Grant, CEG = Creative Endeavor Grant, SOTL = Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant


Spring 2022 Round II Recipients

First NameLast NameGrant NameAward Amount
ArnabSenguptaRegulation of mRNA translation in cancer genes $5,000.00 
AndreiBarkovskiiEmerging waterborne Vibrio pathogens: method development$4,947.00
SarahMyersAthletic Training Student Perceptions of Standardized Patient Post Encounter Feedback$4,800.00
DominicDeSantisRevisiting the energetics hypothesis: can accelerometer recording reveal hidden variation in the movement behavior of secretive species?$5,000.00
KimMuschaweckSpecial Education Teacher Mentoring, Instructional Coaching, & Professional Development Project$5,000.00
Ruben Yepes-MunozArt and Covid-19 Crisis in Latin America$5,000.00
AndreaChristoffWho are we? Exploring the civic possibilities of Washington DC$3,562.00
OwenLovell"Aaron Copland's 1930 'Piano Variations': a video reference recording"$1,875.00
TinaHolmes-DavisCenter for Music Education at Georgia College$3,600.00
SajadAminiIntelligent UX in Graphic Design, Human-computer interaction using CV$4,977.00


Fall 2021 Round I Recipients

First NameLast NameGrant NameAward Amount
HasithaMahabadugeDesign and Fabrication of a Smart, Passive Greenhouse $5,000.00 
RichardAdamsHarnessing artificial intelligence, evolutionary biology, and robust undergraduate training to solve an apparent paradox of evolutionary inference$5,000.00
JenniferPiazza-PickWhistling Hens: Creating an Equitable, Sustainable Future for Women Composers$5,000.00
Tsu-MingChiangHelping Parents Provide Emotional Coaching to Children in Pandemic Times$3,270.00
JamesDariaThe Garinagu in Georgia: Garifuna Migration, Displacement, and Diaspora from Central America to the US Southeast$4,975.00
GregoryGlotzbeckerCuration of the Georgia College Fish Collection$3,344.00
ChikaUnigweLeaving Meshach$5,000.00


spring 2021 Round II Recipients

First NameLast NameGrant NameAward Amount
DanielBurtIncreasing the Use of Poultry Litter in Georgia: Isolation and Characterization of Poultry Liter Urease-Producing Bacteria for Construction Remediation/Detection and Survival of Fusarium Species in Georgia's Agricultural Soils $4,900.00 
AngelaCriscoeSoundscapes, Audio Dramas, and Foley, Oh My! From Concept to Distribution$2,098.00
MehrnazKhalaj HedayatiThe Role of Digitization in Knowledge Creation: A Case of Hospice Industry$4,925.00
JinkyungParkEffects of Different Time-Restricted Eating Schedules with Exercise on the Body Composition in Overweight Adults$4,925.00
DamianFrancisAssessing blight and community assets in rural underserved communities in Georgia$4,745.00


Fall 2020 Round I Recipients

First NameLast NameGrant NameAward Amount
Alfred MeadUsing stable isotopic signatures in late Pleistocene alligator teeth to interpret prevailing environmental conditions in Georgia 20,000 years ago $1,325.00 
Laura WhitlockBeyond the Dome $5,000.00 
KatieStumpfDetection and description of nest predation on Black-cheeked Ant Tanager nests on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica $4,985.00 
HasithaMahabadugeInvestigating Magnetic Properties of Semiconductor Thin Films $5,000.00 
JessamynSwanThe Seventh Circle Chronicles: Documenting Milledgeville's Lesbian Community $4,936.00 


Spring 2020 Round II Recipients

First NameLast NameGrant NameAward Amount
Dominic DeSantisValidating an automated classification system for snake movement behavior: refining and extending the radio telemetry-accelerometry framework $5,000.00 
Aurora Castillo-ScottCross-Cultural Competence through Virtual Exchange Programs $1,600.00 
SterlingRobertsValidating Senior and Graduate Nursing Students Educating Junior Learners Utilizing Mid-fidelity Simulation: Implementing and Testing of the CJMM Theoretical Framework $5,000.00 
William DanielHolcombeCenter for Dalinian Studies: Research Completion for First Monograph $5,000.00 
AshleighIkemotoExamining the Proposed Spanish Conquest of China, 1565- 1610 $1,701.00 
DaveBachoonMolecular Detection of Pathogenic Leptospira in Rivers and Lakes of Georgia $5,000.00 
Dana Gorzelany-MostakTrail Trax 2.020: Tracking the Electoral Soundscape $2,960.00 
KaseyKarenCharacterizing the impact of an adenovirus infection on cellular P-bodies $4,955.00 
MatthewForrestProgram Development & Residency for Artists with Special Needs $4,950.00 


Fall 2019 Round I Recipients

First NameLast NameGrant NameAward Amount
AndreiBarkovskiiImpact of aquaculture technique and post-harvest treatment on Vibrio pathogens in diploid and triploid oysters: targeting Vibrio in oysters meat and their environment $   4,850.00 
Tsu-MingChiangPromoting Young Children’s Social Emotional Skills  $   2,640.00 
Emily J.GomezCumberland Island: Land, Water, Wind, and Light $   3,213.20 
DebbieGreeneImpact of TeamSTEPPS Training and Simulations on BSN Student Communication and Teamwork Skills $   4,435.00 
HasithaMahabadugeHigh Efficiency Flexible Cadmium Telluride Solar Cells $   2,500.00 
WathsalaMedawalaA Salivary Hormonal Study to Evaluate Socio-economic Risk Factors of Prostate Cancer among African Immigrants $   2,942.00 
ChristineMutitiInvestigating the cause of tree mortality on Sapelo Island, Georgia $   5,000.00 
SandraTrujilloARTAIC Custom Mosaic $   5,000.00 

Spring 2019 Round II Recipients

First NameLast NameDepartmentGrant NameAward Amount
MatthewMilnesBiological and Environmental SciencesThe Effects of a Common Pesticide Metabolite on Alligator Sex $   4,999.00 
EllenFranceBiological and Environmental SciencesIdentification of Novel Interactors of SEC6 Via Genetic Suppressor Screen Using a Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Genomic DNA Library  $   2,500.00 
ValekaHoltTheatre and DanceDid You Take Your CLOMID?: A One Woman Show $   4,036.00 
JenniferGoldsberryNursingSupplemental Instruction and BSN Student Success $   5,000.00 
DanaGorzelany-MostakMusicTrail Trax 2.020: Tracking the Electoral Soundscape $   2,697.00 
StephanieOppermanHistory and GeographyIsabel Kelly Biography (Book Proposal) $   3,979.00 
TeaYounKim-KassorArtShibori Workshops in Japan $   4,998.00 
KimYoungmiMusicTwo Solo Recitals in Europe $   4,921.00 


Fall 2018 Round I Recipients

First NameLast NameDepartmentGrant NameAward Amount
ChristopherBurtBiological and Environmental SciencesThe Effect of an Acidified-Gypsum Mixture on Broiler Litter Urease Producing Bacteria and Nitrogen Mineralization $  4,800.00 
JacobGrazerHealth and Human PerformanceTraining Load Quantification in Division II Collegiate Athletes $  4,385.00 
DebbieGreeneNursingImpact of TeamSTEPPS Training and Simulations on BSN Student Communication and Teamwork Skills $  5,000.00 
DoreenSamsManagement, Marketing, and LogisticsBrand Communities in the Nonprofit Sector $  4,999.00 
KatieStumpfBiological and Environmental SciencesPopulation genetics of two Tryannid flycatchers: Eastern Phoebes and Southwestern Willow Flycatchers $  4,964.00 
SandraTrujilloArtImpronta Workshop, Mexico $  4,798.00 

Spring 2018 Round II Recipients

First NameLast NameDepartmentGrant NameAward Amount
ValerieArandaArtWomen Artists of the Mexican Mural Movement $    4,211.00 
CarrieCookGovernment & SociologyExperiences with Inmate Misconduct and Victimization among an Incarcerated Jail Population $    1,838.00 
GlynnisHaleyNursingDevelopment of a RE-AIM Course for Nursing Success at Georgia College & State University $    1,082.00 
TinaHolmes-DavisMusicMore Able Than Dis . . .  $    5,000.00 
GretchenIontaBiological and Environmental SciencesDetermination of Ploidy Level and Nuclear Content in Meadow Beauties (Rhexia; Melastomataceae) Via Flow Cytometry $    4,824.00 
MatthewMilliganPhilosophy & Liberal StudiesThe Economic Growth of Buddhism in Sri Lanka 300 BCE to 300 CE $    5,000.00 
AmandaReinkeGovernment & Sociology Faculty and Student Perceptions of GC2Y Effectiveness $    2,075.00 
Scott ButlerButlerHealth and Human Performance  
PeterRosado-FloresChemistry, Physics, and Astronomy Chemistry in Art: Understanding the Connection Between Art and Chemistry $    1,065.00 
GennadyRudkevichGovernment & SociologyExplaining Regional-Level Variation in the Results of Russian Federal Elections $    1,225.00 


Fall 2017 Round 1 Recipients

First NameLast NameDepartmentGrant NameAward Amount
AbrahamAbebeArtGuzo-Journey: A Collection of Poems and Short Stories $  1,409.00 
ElissaAuerbachArtSpiritual Pilgrimage in Early Modern Dutch Visual Culture $  1,378.00 
StephenAuerbachHistory and GeographyEnlightenment, Revolution, and Rebellion in Provincial Bordeaux, 1750–1793 $  1,378.00 
DaveBachoonBiological and Environmental SciencesMolecular Detection of Bacterial Pathogens in Fecal Samples of Feral Pigs in Georgia $  2,500.00 
JenniferFlahertyEnglish and RhetoricThe Ophelia Agenda: Folger Shakespeare Seminar and Research in London Archives $  3,281.00 
BrittneyHardinHealth and Human PerformanceImplementing Standardized Patients to Teach Cultural Competency to Athletic Training Students $  1,270.00 
MandyJerrielHealth and Human Performance  
Ashok Hegde  Biological and Environmental SciencesMechanism of Rpt6 Nuclear Translocation in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae $  4,997.24 
EllenFranceBiological and Environmental Sciences  
KevinHuntHealth and Human PerformanceExploring the Effects of Service Learning in the Kinesiology Curriculum:  An assessment of Student Self-Efficacy, Empathy, and Learning $  3,898.53 
NathanLordBiological and Environmental SciencesNext-Generation Student Training for Next-Generation Science $  4,200.00 
DeborahMacMillanNursingTry To See It My Way: Patient Perspective Video Capture Debriefing in Simulation $  4,394.70 
HasithaMahabadugeChemistry, Physics, and AstronomyImpact of Students’ Signature Work on Employability $     500.00 
DavidWeeseBiological and Environmental SciencesRevealing Cryptic Diversity in an Endemic Crayfish of Georgia (Procambarus lunzi) Using Molecular Genetics $  4,470.00 

Fall 2016 Round I & Spring 2017 Round II Recipients

First NameLast NameDepartmentGrant NameAward Amount
DeanBakerNursingSBIRT Project $     2,900.00 
AndreiBarkovskiiBiology and Environmental SciencesAnalysis of Vibrio, Shigella, and Salmonella Pathogens in Georgia Sites Proposed for Oyster Aquaculture $     3,200.00 
ScottButlerHealth and Human PerformanceCondom Express: A Mail-in Condom Delivery Program at College Campuses $     2,581.00 
Tsu-MingChiangPsychologyEmotional Coaching for Autistic Spectrum Characteristics Children $     1,200.00 
NicoleDeClouetteTeacher EducationTeacher Education, Cross-Cultural Diversity in Special Education (Tanzania) $     1,259.96 
PeggyElliottWorld Languages & CulturesChanneling Enlightenment Love: The Letters of Marie Le Prince de Beaumont (1711-80) $     4,943.00 
AllenGeeEnglish and RhetoricAt Little Monticello: a biography of James Alan McPherson $     3,813.15 
KevinHunt andHealth and Human PerformancePromoting Global Health Awareness Through Community-based Engaged Learning in San Ignacio, Belize $     4,992.69 
EmilySimonaviceHealth and Human Performance  
MonicaKetchieNursingNurses' Attitudes, Beliefs, and Barriers Toward Physiologic Birth $     3,964.50 
HasithaMahabadugeChemistry, Physics, and AstronomySpectrometer System for Sputter Deposition Monitoring $     5,000.00 
AmandaReinkeGovernment & SociologyPolicy-Drive Restorative Justice Implementation in Virginia $     1,201.00 
BruceSnyderBiology and Environmental SciencesConstructing a Preliminary Phylogeny of the Native Earthworm Genus Diplocardia $     4,978.00 
KatieStumpfBiology and Environmental SciencesAvian Community Analysis at Lake Laurel Research Station $     4,990.00 
AllisonVandeVoortBiology and Environmental SciencesInvestigating the Long-term Impacts of Agriculture on Andalusia Farm Soil: A Soil of Historical, Agricultural, and Literary Importance $     5,000.00