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Scholarship Catalyst Program

2017 SCP Award Recipients Announced

More than 30 winning proposals have been selected in the Texas Tech Scholarship Catalyst Program (SCP). The program is designed to promote excellence in research, scholarship, and creative endeavors and to propel researchers into the next stage in their careers, and to increase external funding.

The Offices of the President, Provost, and Vice President for Research have made available $126,000 to promote research, scholarship, and creative output in areas traditionally not funded by major federal agencies. Funds awarded under the SCP are to be used for research, scholarly-related and arts practice-related expenses, which may include graduate or undergraduate student salaries (but not faculty salaries), specialized equipment, supplies, or other activities that will promote external scholarly engagement or competitive external funding proposals.

Faculty whose primary appointment is at Texas Tech University who propose research, scholarship, or creative endeavors in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences are eligible. Each faculty member may be PI (lead applicant) on only one SCP submission but may also be co-PI (assisting applicant) on one additional SCP submission, regardless of Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences area. Faculty with current start-up funds are ineligible to participate as a funded investigators or applicants but may participate as unfunded co-investigators for the SCP.

The 2017 SCP Award Recipients are:

  • Zenaida Aguirre-Munoz, College of Education (Teacher Education) - Developing Linguistic Confidence and Awareness via Service Learning among Spanish Heritage Language Speakers
    • Co-applicant: Diegeo Pascual y Cabo, College of Arts and Sciences (Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures)
  • Joseph Aranha, College of Architecture (Architecture) - Urban placemaking in Seville, Spain
  • Daehee Bak, College of Arts and Sciences (Political Science) - Deadline Effects in Crisis Bargaining
  • Stefanie Borst, College of Arts and Sciences (Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures) - "To see or not to see" your chat partner: Video chatting and foreign language anxiety
    • Co-applicant: Yanlin Wang, College of Arts and Sciences (Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures)
  • Zachary Brittsan, College of Arts and Sciences (History) - Marginal Nations: Community, Commerce, and Conflict in Western Mexico and the United States, 1821-1880
  • Laura Calkins, College of Arts and Sciences (History) - International Aid to China, 1944-49
  • Hyojung Cho, Texas Tech University Museum (Museum Science) - Collaboration for Capacity Building of the National Museum of Afghanistan
  • Ali Duffy, Visual and Performing Arts (Theatre and Dance) - Restaging Dance Works for Invited Residency at UNC Charlotte
  • Carole Edwards, College of Arts and Sciences (Classical and Modern Languages and Literature) - Laurent Gaudé's Postcolonial Aesthetics as Poetics of Relation
  • Idoia Elola, College of Arts and Sciences (Classical and Modern Languages and Literature) - Linguistic landscapes: Geographically mapping Spanish and bilingual public signs in metropolitan areas in Texas
  • Kristi Gaines, College of Human Sciences (Design) - Promoting Child Health and Education through the Built Environment: The Implementation of Outdoor Learning Environments (OLE!)
    • Co-applicant: Charles Klein, College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources (Landscape Architecture)
  • Jiawei Gong, College of Visual and Performing Arts (School of Art) - Explore the Visual Rhetoric between East and West
  • Sara Guengerich, College of Arts and Sciences (Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures) - Moving Histories: The Earthquakes of Colonial Peru and their Impact for Interdisciplinary Research
  • Molly Ireland, College of Arts and Sciences (Psychological Sciences) - Long-Term Associations Between Language Style Matching and Marital Quality and Health in Latino and White Newlywed Couples
    • Co-applicant: Sylvia Niehuis, College of Huamn Sciences (Human Development and Family Studies)
  • Catherine Jai, College of Human Sciences (Hospitality and Retail Management) - Aging and online purchase decision making: The comparison of eye-tracking data and behavioral data
    • Co-applicant: Charlene Kalenkoski, College of Human Sciences (Personal Financial Planning)
  • Amy Koerber, College of Media and Communication (Communication Studies) - Communication and Professional Success in the STEM Workplace: A Qualitative Study
  • Sung-Wook Kwon, College of Arts and Sciences (Political Science) - Interlocal Economic Development Collaboration in Rural Metropolitan Areas: Network Approach to the Case of Municipalities in West Texas
  • Anita McChesney, College of Arts and Sciences (Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures) - Crime Scene Austria. Hidden (Dis)chords behind the Sounds of Music
  • Kimi Nakatsukasa, College of Arts and Sciences (Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures) - Analysis of the interactions between foreign language learners' individual differences, level of cognitive processes, and language learning
  • Sylvia Niehuis, College of Human Sciences (Human Development and Family Studies) - Pilot Study of Couples' "Shared Reality"
    • Co-applicants: Alan Reifman, College of Human Sciences (Human Development and Family Studies) and Molly Ireland, College of Arts and Sciences (Psychological Sciences)
  • Jorgelina Orfila, College of Visual and Performing Arts (School of Art) - Display Strategies in Two International Survey Exhibitions
  • Robert Paine, College of Arts and Sciences (Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work) - Human skeletal assessment of modern remains from Heraklion, Island of Crete.
  • Diego Pascual, College of Arts and Sciences (Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures) - Probability in Spanish as a Heritage Language
  • Carmen Pereira, College of Arts and Sciences (Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures) - Dis/placements: Politics and Poetics of Place and Absence in Rosalía de Castro and Emilia Pardo Bazán
  • Brandy Piña-Watson, College of Arts and Sciences (Psychological Sciences) - A Resilience Approach to Intergenerational Acculturation Differences in Latina Adolescent Suicidality: The Role of Father-Daughter Relationships
  • John Poch, College of Arts and Sciences (English) - New Psalms
  • Yuan Shu, College of Arts and Sciences (English) - Doing Research at Yale and Princeton
  • Victoria Surliuga, College of Arts and Sciences (Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures) - Negotiating Roles in Modern Art: Artist, Art Publisher, and Collector Ezio Gribaudo
  • Abigail Swingen, College of Arts and Sciences (History) - The Financial Revolution and the British Empire
  • Megan Thoen, College of Arts and Sciences (Institute for Forensic Science) - Assisting Their Own: Assessing Suicide Prevention & Wellness Programs Utilized By Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Chenggang Wang, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (Agriculture and Applied Economics) - Emergence of Institutions for Sustainable Production of the Caterpillar Fungus Resource on the Tibetan Plateau
  • Dustin White, College of Architecture (Architecture) - Infinity Helmet
  • Julie Willett, College of Arts and Sciences (History) - Nothing to Laugh At: The Vietnam War and the Comic Stage
    • Co-applicant: Randy D. McBee, College of Arts and Sciences (History)
  • Christopher Witmore, College of Arts and Sciences (Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures) - Revisiting Samothrace: An archaeological survey
  • Jingxue Yuan, College of Human Sciences (Hospitality and Retail Management) - Emotion-centered hedonic consumption experience: An fMRI investigation of the Millennials' perception of congruency between music genres and upscale restaurant styles