Grants and Awards

The primary purpose of the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects and the Office of Grant Evaluation and Statistical Support is to support faculty and staff in obtaining funding from sources external to the university and to provide project evaluation and statistical support to advance creative, scholarly and research activities on the LMU campus.

LMU Grant Awards from May – June 2020

Congratulations to the following grant award recipients:

Magaly Lavadenz, School of Education, Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL), was awarded $130,000 for two years from the National Security Administration for a project titled 2020 STARTALK Mandarin Combines Summer.

Magaly Lavadenz, School of Education, Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL), was awarded $25,000 for one year from the Stuart Foundation for a project titled Supporting Secondary-Level English Learners During COVID-19.

Introducing the GESS Website

The Grant Evaluation and Statistical Support (GESS) office introduces their website in a short video. The video provides information about GESS offerings and scope of work that is broken down into four core areas: evaluation plan development; post-award evaluation; research and statistical consultation; and professional learning. The video also provides guidance on how to request an appointment and how to connect with staff directly. Here’s the link to the website: https://academics.lmu.edu/gess/

LMU Grant Awards from May – June 2020

Congratulations to the following grant award recipients:

Robert Cancio, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, Sociology Department, was awarded $853,800 for three years from the University of California, Office of the President, Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, for a project titled Youth Vaping in Los Angeles: Youth’s Perceptions, Behaviors, and Outlet Density.

Magaly Lavadenz, School of Education, Center for Equity for English Learners, was awarded $263,922 for three years from Californians Together for a project titled EWIG English Learner Roadmap Policy Implementation.

Kathryn Mouzakis, Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, was awarded $55,000 for one year from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement for a project titled Targeting the SARs-CoV-2 Frameshift Site Pseudoknot.

Maureen Weatherall, Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, was awarded $2,361,567 for one year from the U.S. Department of Education in accordance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund – Student Financial Aid.

Kathleen Weaver, Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost, was awarded $2,361,567 for one year from the U.S.  Department of Education, in accordance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund – Institutional Portion.

Leon Wiebers, College of Communication and Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Dance Department, was awarded $4,250 for two months from The Korea Foundation for a project titled Traditional Korean Dance at LMU.


LMU Grant Awards from April – May 2020


Congratulations to the following grant award recipients: 

Carla Bittel, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, History Department, was awarded $50,000 for one year from the Huntington Library for a project titled A Most Useful and Peculiar Science: Phrenology in Practice in the Nineteenth Century.

Sean Kennedy, Loyola Law School, Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, was awarded $200,000 for one year from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation for a project titled Crossover Youth.

Priscilla Leiva, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, Chicano/a Studies Department, was awarded $15,000 for one year from the Huntington Library for a project titled Fighting for the City: Race and Civic Identity in Postwar Los Angeles.

Yanira Lemus, Loyola Law School, Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic, was awarded $250,000 for one year from the California Department of Social Services for a project titled FY 2019-2020 Immigration Services Funding.

Lisha Maddox, Student Affairs, was awarded $50,000 for one year from the Angell Foundation for a project titled Guardian Scholars.

Gary Williams, Loyola Law School, was awarded $5,000 for one year from California ChangeLawyers for a project titled Young Lawyers.

Sylvia Zamora, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, Sociology Department, was awarded $15,000 for six months from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for a project titled Race(ing) Across the Border: The Racial Journey of Mexican Migrants.

LMU Grant Awards – February – March 2020

Congratulations to the following grant award recipients:

Kristen Covino,  Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering, Biology Department, was awarded $1,000 for one year for a project titled The Feasibility of Using Excreta Samples to Quantify Hormone Levels in Breeding Great Black-Backed Gulls

Magaly Lavadenz and Gina Chavez, School of Education, Center for Equity for English Learners, were awarded $75,396 for one year from the University of California, Office of the President, for a project titled LMU California Reading and Literature Project (CRLP)

Magaly Lavadenz, School of Education, Center for Equity for English Learners, was awarded $500,000 for two years from The Sobrato Family Foundation for a project titled Research Policy and Leadership Capacity-Building for English Learners II

Paula Mitchell, Loyola Law School, Project for the Innocent, was awarded $37,000 for one year from the American Bar Endowment for a project titled Combating No-Crime Convictions of Innocent Women

Gene Park, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, Political Science Department, was awarded $10,000 for one year from the Korea Foundation for a project titled The Alliance System in Asia: ROK-Japan Relations

 Eric Strauss, Center for Urban Resilience in Academic Affairs, was awarded $35,000 for one year from the Ballona Wetlands Conservancy for a project titled Ballona Freshwater Marsh Scientific Study Phase II


LMU Grant Awards – February 2020

Congratulations to the following grant award recipients:

Robert Hurteau, Center for Religion and Spirituality, was awarded $300,000 for two years from anonymous, for a project titled Transformative Development of Hispanic Pastoral Leadership

Paula Mitchell, Loyola Project for the Innocent, Loyola Law School, was awarded $20,000 for one year from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California for a project titled Los Angeles District Attorney (LA DA) Justice Reform


LMU Grant Awards – January 2020

Congratulations to the following grant award recipients:

Darin Early, School of Education, was awarded $150,000 for two years from Windsong Trust, for a project titled SOE STEM Initiative Project for K-12 Schools

Cheryl Grills, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, Psychology Department, was awarded $650,000 for two years from Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, California Reinvestment Grant Program, for a project titled CalCRG Community Reinvestment Project

Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic, Loyola Law School, was awarded $40,000 for one year from The California Department of Social Services, Unaccompanied Undocumented Minor Legal Services funding, for a project titled Unaccompanied Undocumented Minor Legal Services Funding

Anna Muraco and Sylvia Zamora, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, Sociology Department, was awarded $20,000 for one year from the Albert & Elaine Borchard Foundation, for a project titled Advance Care Planning Among Older Latinx Immigrants in Los Angeles

Demian Willette, Seaver College of Science and Engineering, Biology Department, was awarded $35,000 for one year from The Albert & Elaine Borchard Foundation, International Colloquium in France, for a project titled Modernizing Global Fisheries Surveillance with Molecular Genetics and Electronic Monitoring Technologies

NOTE: SciENcv – New Required Format for NSF Biosketches

Biographical Sketches submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) required for proposals must now be generated using SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae). The NSF has designated the National Institutes of Health’s SciENcv as the approved format for submission of biographical sketches. This will be effective with the soon-to-be released 2020 NSF Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG).

NSF applicants can create their biosketches at the following SciENcv web site: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sciencv/

Additionally, those who use ORCID to maintain their publishing/professional data can link their account in SciENcv to import the ORCID data to the SciENcv profile. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier (an ORCID ID), used to maintain all professional data. The ORCID ID can be used to share the information with other systems.

Link here for more information on ORCID: https://orcid.org/

Questions can be directed to Alice Martini Doyle, Assistant Director, ORSP, 310.338.7753 or amartini@lmu.edu.


LMU Grant Awards – December 2019

Congratulations to the following grant award recipients:

Justin Levitt, Loyola Law School, was awarded $25,000 for one year from the New Venture Fund for a project titled All About Redistricting Tech Upgrade

Eric Strauss, Center for Urban Resilience (CURes) was awarded $270,000 for two years from an anonymous donor for a project titled Southern California Restorative Justice Initiative

Demian Willette, Biology Department, was awarded $25,000 for one year from Santa Monica Seafood/Fish Wise for a project titled Improving Seafood Traceability and Literacy 


LMU Grant Awards from June 2019 – November 2019

Congratulations to the following grant award recipients:

Kathy Clemmer, School of Education, Teaching and Learning Department, was awarded $375,000 for one year from the Leonetti O’Connell Family Foundation for a project titled Mathematics Learning Collaborative

Mary Culbert
, Loyola Law School, Center for Conflict Resolution, was awarded $1,985,020 over five years from the County of Los Angeles –WDACS Dispute Resolution program, for a project titled LCCR Dispute Resolution Program – Community Service

Deepa Dabir, Seaver College of Science and Engineering, Biology Department, was awarded $323,775 for three years from the National Institutes for Health, Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15) for a project titled Aim32p; a novel multi-faceted protein in mitochondrial biogenesis

Cheryl Grills, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, Psychology Department, was awarded $200,000 for two years from the Weingart Foundation, for a project titled Youth Organizing Initiative Evaluation

Stephen Heller, Seaver College of Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Biology Departments, was awarded $55,000 for one year from the American Chemical Society – Petroleum Research Fund – Undergraduate New Investigator (UNI) program for a project titled Upcycling Petroleum-Derived Lactams: Development of Net C-N Insertion Reactions of Amides to Access Saturated Azacyclic Frameworks

Joseph LaBrie, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, Psychology Department, was awarded $2,204,502 for five years, from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism – screening and brief Alcohol Intervention in Underage and Young Adult Populations, for a project titled Revolutionizing Normative Re-Education: Delivering Enhanced PNF within a Social Media Inspired Game About College Life

Magaly Lavadenz, School of Education, Educational Leadership Department, was awarded $32,500 for one year from Stanford University for a project titled Local Control Funding Formula Research Collaborative

David Moffet, Seaver College of Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry Departments, was awarded $407,364 for three years from the National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions (R15) for a project titled Optimizing Peptide Inhibitors of Human IAPP Amyloidogenicity and Identifying their Effects on the Unfolded protein Response System

John Sebastian, Jade Smith, Vanessa Morales and Kat Weaver, Provost’s Office, were awarded $10,000 for one year from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVue) professional Development Awards, for a project titled Professional Development Activities: Reframing Vocational Education to Address the Needs of Today’s Era

John Sebastian, Jade Smith, Marne Campbell, Lane Bove, and Kat Weaver, Provost’s Office, were awarded $5,000 for one year from the Interfaith Youth Core – Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence Implementation Grant for a project titled LMU’s Interfaith Working Group

Brendan Smith, Seaver College of Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Department, was awarded $157,075 for one year for a project titled Research Funding Agreement between Loyola Marymount University and Hyundai American Technical Center, Inc.

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