Professional Improvement Grant Awardees

2018-2019 (second call)

Recipient Description Department Award
Hannah Altmann Research talk at the American Mathematical Society (AMS) meeting at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI MATH/CS $931.38
Rucha Ambikar Present at the American Anthropological Asociation’s annual meeting in San Jose, CA SOC $1,200
Andrew Arsham Present research at the Genetics Society of America’s annual research conference in Dallas, TX BIO $1,200
Virgil Bakken Present research report at the Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference in Las Vegas, NV INT MED $1,200
Evie Campbell Submit proposal to the International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma in Honolulu, HA SOWK $1,500
Stephen Carlson Travel to perform Schubert’s Die Winterreise in Tucson, AZ MUS $1,200
Cory Renbarger Travel to perform Schubert’s Die Winterreise in Tucson, AZ MUS $1,200
Thomas Dirth Present at the Midwestern Psychological Association’s annual conference in Chicago, IL PSYC $1,200
Jessica Durgan Present at the 2019 Mapping Victorian Empires, Cultures, Identitities conference in Jerusalem, Israel ENG $1,500
Season Ellison Presentations at the Playwriting Symposium for the Mid-American Theatre Conference in Cleveland, OH HUM $1,200
Eric Forsyth Presentation at the 2019 Global Sport Business Association Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL HPSH $1,200
Todd Frauenhotz Presentation at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in San Diego, CA MATH/CS $1,200
William Graves Present findings of online study to Accounting Information Systems Educators Conference in Denver, CO ACCT $1,200
Debbie Guelda Present results at the Gardner Institute Conference in Atlanta, GA BIO $1,200
Michael Hamann Presentation of lab results at the National American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Orlando, FL BIO $1,200
Heidi Hansen Presentation at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in San Diego, CA MATH/CS $1,200
Tiffany Hommes Poster Presentation at the HPSN World conference in Orlando, FL NURS $1,200
Dwight Jilek Presentation at the Minnesota State ACDA Convention in Mahtomedi, MN MUS $699
Samantha Jones Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers conference in Washington D.C. GEO $1,200
Kathryn Klement Presentation at the 2019 Midwestern Psychological Association annual meeting in Chicago, IL PSYCH $1,200
Angie Kovarik Presentation at the Clute International Academic Conference on Business in Las Vegas, NV BUAD $1,200
Prabin Lama Presentation at the Colorado and Wyoming Writing Tutors Conference in Denver, Colorado ENG $1,200
Kelly LaVenture Presentation at the International Conference for Tourism Research in Porto, Portugal BUAD $1,500
Brenda Mack Presentation at the Minnesota Association of Children’s Mental Health annual conference in Duluth, MN SOWK $974
Donna Pawlowski Presentations at the Central States Communication Association annual convention in Omaha, NE SPCM $1,200
Katie Peterson Two presentations at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Orlando, FL CHEM $1,200
Gary Rees Presentation at the Association for Asian Studies 2019 Annual Conference in Denver, CO ENG $1,200
Sue Rickers Presentation at the annual conference of the Association of Social Work Baccalaureate Program Directors in Jacksonville, FL SOWK $1,200
Travis Ricks Presenting research at the Psychonomics Conference in New Orleans, LA PSYC $1,200
William Sea Presentation at the 12th North American Forest Ecology Workshop in Flagstaff, AZ EESS $1,200
Mehdi Sheikholeslami Presentation at the American Canadian Conference for Academic Disciplines in Montreal, Canada ACCT $1,200
Larry Swain Presentation at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI ENG $1,200
Mark Wallert Presentation at the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology National Meeting 2019 in Orlando, FL BIO $1,200
Mary DuBois Presentation at the 5th International Conference on Social Studies/help colleagues present abstract in Sydney, Australia ACCT $1,500
Josefina Li Presentation at the Western Social Science Association Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA MATH/SOC $1,200
Craig Rypkema Presentation at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference in San Diego, Ca MATH $1,200
Total Awarded: $43,404.38


2018-2019 (First Call)

Recipient Description Department Award
Tricia Cowan Travel to present paper at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference or the Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference in Chicago, IL NURS $1,200
Angela Fournier Chairing and presenting a symposium and poster to the International Society on Anthrozoology in Sydney, AU. PSY $1,500
Joann Fredrickson Paper presentation at the Financial Education Association meeting in San Antonio, TX. BUAD $1,200
Mark Fulton Travel to present paper at the 2018 Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science conference in Bozeman, MT BIO $1,200
Nancy Hall Travel to present paper at the Advance Care Planning conference in Bloomington, MN NURS $1,200
Bill Joyce Rank #2 Travel to present paper at the 2018 Global Business & International Management Conference in Seattle, WA ACCT $1,200
Kathryn Klement Travel to present symposium at the 2019 Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in Portland, OR PSY $1,200
Michael Murray Travel to present paper at the University of Massachusetts in Ahmherst, MA ECON $1,200
Jenna O’Dell Travel to present at the PME-NA conference in Greenville, SC MATh/CS $1,200
Janine Wahl Travel to present paper at the National Convention of Council for Exceptional Children in Indianapolis, IN EDU $1,200
Valerie Wallingford Travel to present paper at the 5th International Academic Conference on Social Sciences in Sydney, Australia BUAD $1,500
Gabriel Warren Travel to present paper at the 5th International Academic Conference on Social Sciences in Sydney, Australia BUAD $1,500
Marty Wolf Travel to present paper at the ETHICOMP conference in Sopot, Poland CS $1,500
Total Awarded: $16,800

2017-2018 (second call)

Recipient Description Department Award
Rucha Ambikar Presenting research at the American Anthropological Association’s Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. SOC $1,150
Valica Boudry Research paper presentation at Central States Communication Association 2018 Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI. INT MED $1,150
Bill Joyce Research paper presentation at the Midwest American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. ACCT $1,150
Michael Hamann Present research at the National American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology meeting in San Diego, CA. BIOL $1,150
Heidi Hansen Present research at the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Conference in Houston, TX. MATH/CS $1,150
Carl Isaacson Presentation at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN. ENVR $1,150
Dwight Jilek Presentation at the Minnesota State American Choral Director’s Association Convention in Mahtomedi, MN. MUS $721
Samantha Jones Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in New Orleans, LA. GEO $1,150
Kathryn Klement Presentation of two papers at the Midwestern Psychological Association’s conference in Chicago, IL. PSY $1,150
Angie Kovarik Presentation of paper at the Clute International Academic Conference on Business in Las Vegas, NV. BUAD $1,150
Jenna O’Dell Presentation at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Washington D.C. MATH/CS $1,150
Donna Pawlowski Presentation at the Annual Central States Communication Association in Milwaukee, WI. SPCM $1,150
Gary Rees Presentation at the 2018 American Comparative Literature Association annual meeting in Los Angeles, CA. ENG $1,150
Sue Rickers Poster presentation at the Annual Conference of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education in Scotts Valley, CA. SOWK $1,150
Travis Ricks Present research at the Annual Psychonomics Conference in Vancouver, Canada. PSY $1,150
William Sea Present research at Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. EESS $1,400
Mehdi Sheikholeslami Presentation at the HSES 40th International Academic Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. ACCT $1,400
Mark Wallert Presentation at the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology National Meeting in San Diego, CA. BIOL $1,150
Valerie Wallingford Presentation at MBAA International Conference in Chicago, IL. BUAD $1,150
Michele Willman Presenting two papers at the Midwest Modern Languages Conference in Cincinnati, OH. ENG $639
Gabriel Warren Participate in a panel discussion at the Black Communities – A Conference for Collaboration in Durham, NC. BUAD $1,150
Li Zhou Present research at the Cognitive Neuroscience Conference in Boston, MA. PSY $1,150
Total Awarded: $24,860


2016-2017 (First call)

Recipient Description DEPT Award
Rucha Ambikar Travel funds to present paper at the American Anthropological Assoc. meeting in Minneapolis, MN. SOC $1,200
Thomas Beech Travel funds to present paper at the Southern Political Science Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. POL $1,200
Season Ellison Travel funds to direct play at the Dramatists Lab at Mid-America Theatre Conference in Houston, TX HUM/HOPR/LibEd $1,200
Angela Fournier Travel funds to the annual conference of the Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Associaton in Denver, CO. PSY $1,200
Eric Forsyth Travel funds to present paper at the 2017 Global Sport Business Assoc. Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL. HPHS $1,200
Amber Fryklund Travel funds to attend 2016 USA Hockey National Hockey Coaches Symposium in St. Louis, MO PHED-Women’s Hockey $1,200
Tiffany Hommes Travel funds for confirmed presentation at the National Assoc. of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Conference in Denver, CO. NRSG $1,200
Samantha Jones Travel funds to present research findings at the Association of American Geographers in Boston, MA. GEOG $1,200
Youngsok Kim Travel funds to present paper at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting in New Orleans, LA. CJ $1,200
Holly LaFerriere Travel funds to be invited speaker and co-convener at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Microbe 2017 meeting, New Orleans, LA. BIOL $1,200
Cliff Li Travel funds to present paper at the 2016 Southern Finance Association meeting in Sandestin, FL. BUAD $1,200
Colleen Livingston Travel funds to present at the 2017 Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in Duluth, MN. MATH $865
Michael Murray Travel funds to present paper at the 2017 Eastern Economic Assoc. Annual Meeting in New York, NY. ECON $1,200
Christine Nguyen-Moen Travel funds to be a poster presenter at the National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference in Baltimore, MA. NRSG $979
Donna Pawlowski Travel funds to participate in panel presentations at the Central States Communication Conference in Minneapolis, MN. SPCM $1,200
Jeff Ueland Travel funds to co-chair session at the AAG Conference in Boston, MA GEOG $1,200
Michael Urban Travel funds for confirmed paper presentation at Geological Society of American annual meeting in Denver, CO. ED $1,200
Jeanine Wahl Travel funds to present paper at the National Field Experience Conference in  Ruston, LA. ED $1,200
Mark Wallert Travel funds to present research at the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology conference in Chicago, IL. BIOL $1,200
Marty Wolf Travel funds to present paper at the CEPE/ETHICOMP Conference in Turin, Italy. CS $1,500
Youngsok Kim Confirmed presentation CJ $1,200
Total Awarded: $24,944

2015-2016 (First Call)

Recipient Description DEPT Award
Mahmoud Al-Odeh Travel to present paper at the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) conference in St. Louis, MO TAD $1,200
Thomas Beech Travel to present paper at the Western Political Science Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV POL $1,200
Drago Bilanovic Travel to present paper at the 2014 Defense Energy Summit in Austin, TX EESS $1,200
Angela Fournier Travel to present paper at the annual conference of the Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association in Layton, UT PSY $1,200
Debbie Guelda Present research at the annual meeting of Society of Freshwater Science in Milwaukee, WI BIO $1,200
Heidi Hansen Travel to present paper at the MCTM Spring Conference in Duluth, MN MATH/CS $818
Tiffany Hommes Travel to present paper at the American College of Health Association conference in Orlando, FL NRSG $1,200
Stacie Jergenson Travel to present twice at the International inter-Disciplinary Conference on Crime Scene in Ariel, Israel. CJ $1,500
Bill Joyce Travel to present paper at the ASBBS 22nd Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV ACCT $1,020
Richard Koch Travel to present paper at the Annual Meeting of Society of Freshwater Science in Milwaukee, WI BIOL $1,200
Kelly LaVenture Travel to present paper at the Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy conference in Melbourne, Australia BUAD $1,500
Shannon Norman Travel for confirmed paper presentation at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference in Las Vegas, NV. HPSH $1,200
Elizabeth Rave Travel for poster presentation at the Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society annual meeting in Duluth, MN BIO $712
Glen Richgels Travel for confirmed poster presentation and attendance at the NCTM annual conference in Boston, MA MATH/CS $1,200
Susan Rickers Travel for confirmed poster presentation at the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education conference in Seattle, WA SOWK $1,200
Mehdi Sheikholeslami Travel for confirmed paper presentation at the International Conference for Business Economics in Vienna, Austria ACCT $1,500
Larry Swain Travel for confirmed paper presentation at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI ENG $1,200
Valerie Wallingford Travel for paper presentation at the MBAA International Conference in Chicago, IL BUAD $1,200
Total Awarded: $21,450

2015-2016 (Second Call)

Recipient Description Department Award
Tom Beech Travel funds to present paper at the Southwestern Political Science Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV POL $1,200
Vivian Delgado Travel funds to present paper at the Native American Indigenous Studies Association Conference 2016 in Honolulu, HI LNG/ETH ST $1,200
Jessica Durgan Travel funds to present paper at the American Comparative Literature Association 2016 Annual Meeting in Cambridge, MA ENG $1,200
Angela Fournier Travel funds to attend the Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association conference in Lexington, KY to facilitate a workshop. PSY $1,200
John Gonzalez Travel funds to present paper at the Native American Indigenous Studies Association Conference in Honolulu, HI PSY $1,200
Brandy Grabow Travel funds to present paper at the Midwest Writing Center Association in Cedar Rapids, IA ENG $1,113
William Graves Travel funds to present survey findings at the Accounting Information Systems Educators Conference in Denver, CO  ACCT $1,200
Janice Haworth Travel funds to present at two conferences: International Conference on Musicology and Ethnomusicology in London, England and the British Forum for Ethnomusicology in Newcastle, England. MUS $1,500
Brian Hiller Travel funds to present research at an international conference in Winnipeg, MB Canada BIO $1,200
Stacie Jergenson Travel funds to attend and present at the American Society of Criminology in Washington D.C. CJ $1,200
Michael Lund Travel funds to conduct research at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies in Los Alamos, NM TAD $1,200
Donna Pawlowski Travel funds to present paper at the National Communication Association convention in Las Vegas, NV. SPCM $1,200
Gary Reese Travel funds to present paper at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference in Cambridge, MA ENGL $1,200
Cory Renbarger Travel funds for residency at the University of Toronto, Canada MUS $1,200
Randy Robinson Travel funds to present poster at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in Orlando, FL BUAD $1,200
William Sea Travel funds to the University of Canberra for research team meeting at Canberra, Australia EESS $1,500
Medi Sheikholeslami Travel funds to present paper at the Euro-American Conference for Academic Disciplines in Paris, France ACCT $1,500
Larry Swain Travel funds to present paper at the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI ENG $1,200
Mark Wallert Travel funds to present research results at the American Society of Biochemistsry and Molecular Biology Annual meeting in San Diego, CA BIOL $1,200
Total Awarded: $23,613

2014-2015

Recipient Description DEPT Award
Misty Condiff Present paper at the Indigenous Nurses Aotearoa Conference in Auckland, New Zealand NURS $1,500
Andrew Hafs Oral Presentation at the American Fisheries Society national meeting in Portland, OR BIOL $1,200
Carl Isaacson Paper presentation at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry meeting in Salt Lake City, UT EESS $1,500
Samantha Jones Present paper at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in San Francisco, CA GEOG $1,200
Michael Murray Paper presentation in San Francisco, CA ECON $1,200
Elizabeth Rave Travel for poster presentation at the Wildlife Society annual conference Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada BIOL $1,200
Debra Sea Travel to conduct a professional development workshop at the University Film and Video Annual Conference in Washington, DC INTM $1,850
Valerie Wallingford Travel to present the second half of the results of this research to faculty from institutions located throughout the US at the MBAA conference in Chicago, IL BUAD $1,200
Derek Webb Present proposal at the 2015 conference on Research and Innovation in Teaching Mathematics with Technology at LaCrosse, WI MATH/CS $861
Marty Wolf Paper presentation at the 2015 Ethicomp conference in Leicester, UK MATH/CS $1,500
Total Awarded: $12,261