Liu Faculty Fellows Hui and Kowalski Receive ND Research Internal Grants

Author: Brandi Wampler

Hui Kowalski

Twenty-three researchers from the University of Notre Dame have received awards through the Notre Dame Research (NDR) Internal Grant Program. The goal of this program is to support outstanding research, scholarship, or creative endeavor that will make a major contribution in any field of study.

“This past year provided many challenges for faculty and the Internal Grant Program has allowed us to support researchers and scholars with the funding and tools they need for success,” said Richard E. Billo, associate vice president for research and professor of computer science and engineering. “Although more limited this year due to the pandemic, we are proud this program fosters an atmosphere that encourages research, scholarship, and creative endeavor across the Colleges and Schools at Notre Dame.”

There were two NDR programs that awarded grants for 2021: the Faculty Research Support Program - Initiation Grant (FRSP-IG) and the Equipment Restoration and Renewal grant program (ERR). The FRSP-IG provides seed funding to established faculty initiating new research or to faculty in the early stages of their research programs while the ERR assists in the restoration, replacement, and renewal of equipment or facilities on campus. 

The 2021 FRSP-IG recipients are:

  • John Blacklow, professor of piano, for state-of-the-art audio equipment for national and international recordings.
  • Christopher Chowrimootoo, assistant professor of liberal studies and concurrent assistant professor of music, for his research titled, “Sacred Secularism: Music and religion in the 20th-century public sphere.”
  • Korey Garibaldi, assistant professor of American studies and concurrent professor of Africana studies, and Emily Wang, assistant professor of German and Russian languages and literatures, for the project, “Reconsidering Race in the Age of Pushkin.”
  • Matthew E.K. Hall, professor of political science and concurrent professor of law, for his study titled, “Civil Discourse in the Workplace: Good for politics, good for business.”
  • Robert Hughes, research associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, for his research, “Single-crystal gold films on glass as a novel platform for biosensors.”
  • Victoria Tin-bor Hui, associate professor of political science, for her project titled, “Hong Kong voices in American politics.”
  • Emmanuel Katongole, professor of theology and peace studies, for the project, “Sowing Hope: Peace, ecology, and integral human development.”
  • Julia Kowalski, assistant professor of global affairs and concurrent assistant professor in the Gender Studies program, for the study, “Relational representation? Retheorizing gender and democracy in north India.”
  • Paul McGinn, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, for his research titled, “Master sintering curves for binder jet printing.”
  • Kerry Meyers, assistant dean for student development, Ahearn Family Director of the Notre Dame Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program, and director of the Women in Engineering Program, for the project, “Engineering Education Summer Research Deep Dive: Women in Engineering.”
  • Dana Moss, assistant professor of sociology, for the research titled, “When the ‘Means of Violence’ Rebel: Explaining dissent in the US military during the Vietnam War (1965–75).”
  • Olukola Owolabi, professor of organ and head of graduate organ studio, for audio visual installation in the Reyes Organ and Choral Hall.
  • Xinxue (Shawn) Qu, assistant professor of IT, analytics, and operations, for the study, “Digital privacy issues on mobile platforms.”
  • Thien-Toan Tran, assistant research professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, for the research, “Intelligent biosensor system to detect interstitial cystitis biomarkers.”
  • Abigail Weaver, assistant research professor of civil and environmental engineering and earth science, for the project titled, “Beyond micro: Real-time imaging of entire polymicrobial microbiomes to understand infection."

The 2021 ERR recipients are:

  • Austin Collins, professor of art, art history, and design, for replacement of machinery and equipment in the sculpture area within the Riley Hall of Art.
  • Ian Carmichael, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and director of the Radiation Laboratory, and Hoon Lee, scientific computer engineer, for the replacement of the digital phosphor oscilloscopes.
  • Evgenii Kovrigin, research associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and director of the Magnetic Resonance Research Center, for the restoration of a magnet monitoring unit of the Bruker Avance II 800.
  • Eric Matlis, research assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, to upgrade the High Enthalpy Arc Tunnel at the Hessert Laboratory for Aerospace Research.
  • Cody Smith, Elizabeth and Michael Gallagher Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, for an infrastructure upgrade to enable effective light sheet microscopy services at the Optical Microscopy Core within the Integrated Imaging Facility.
  • Peter Burns, Henry J. Massman Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences and director of ND Energy, to replace the mechanical profilometer with a versatile optical profilometer.
  • Kyle Doudrick, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences, for the replacement of the liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry system in the Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Facility.

All other Notre Dame Research grant programs are currently on hiatus.


Brandi R. Wampler / Research Communications Specialist

Notre Dame Research / University of Notre Dame / 574.631.8183 /  @UNDResearch

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Originally published by Brandi Wampler at on May 12, 2021.