Funded Research

Funded // 2021-2022 Funding Round

Does Awe Have a Future? Emotion and Aesthetics in the Sciences and Humanities

We propose to examine awe and its effects as a component of science and human flourishing in the intersecting contexts of are astrophysics, the history of religion, and place-based learning.
Astronomy and Astrophysics (Physics); History of Religion; Education
Trio Funded
Funded // 2021-2022 Funding Round

Race in the STEM Curriculum? Exploring the Educational Impact of Science and Engineering Courses Integrating Issues of Racial Inequality

The project explores how S&E courses integrating racial issues in the curricular content impact students’ S&E identities, racial attitudinal development, career interest, and educational experiences.
Engineering and Society; Science and Technology Studies; Education
Trio Funded
Funded // 2021-2022 Funding Round

Aluminum-Based Heterocycles as New Optoelectronic Materials

This project will explore the synthesis and optical properties of aluminum-doped 5-membered ring heterocycles as new materials. The studies will impact next-gen electronics and display technologies.
Chemical Engineering; Materials Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry; Organic Chemistry
Trio Funded
Funded // 2021-2022 Funding Round

School Policy and Adolescent Mental Health over the COVID-19 Pandemic

We will partner with Albemarle County Public Schools to examine how remote schooling relates to income-based disparities in mental health treatment among adolescents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clinical Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Education Policy; Data Science
Trio Funded
Funded // 2021-2022 Funding Round

Exploring critical roadblocks to decarbonization: distributed energy resources and the grid

We will explore some of the key impediments to the low-carbon energy transition. A key area of focus must be on planning for grid infrastructure to support distributed and intermittent energy sources.
Climate; Systems and Integrative Engineering; Power and Energy; Energy Systems; Agricultural and Resource Economics; Public Policy
Trio Funded
Funded // 2021-2022 Funding Round

Fluid Futures: Regional Urban Resilience in Hampton Roads

This project aims to catalyze a regional urban design and qualitative decision analysis framework for socio-environmental resiliency in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia.
Civil Engineering; Engineering and Society; Systems Engineering; Urban Studies and Planning; Physical and Environmental Geography; Human Geography; Urban Studies; Resilience
Trio Funded
Funded // 2021-2022 Funding Round

The Financial and Psychological Relief of Insolvency

We hope to provide debtors with low-cost insolvency options and assess how the price of these options relates to mental health and well-being around financial security.
Economics; Mental Health
Trio Funded
Funded // 2021-2022 Funding Round

Using Technology to Address Domestic Violence in Developing World

Domestic Violence (DV) is a global public health epidemic, with high physical, emotional, and economic costs. This project will develop, deploy, and test mobile-based applications to address DV.
Computer Engineering; Computer Sciences; Economics; Public Health; Nursing
Trio Funded
Funded // 2021-2022 Funding Round

Advanced Electrochemical Reactors for Green Chemical and Fuel Production

This project will leverage expertise in molecular design, materials and additive manufacturing to develop novel electrochemical reactors for conversion of renewable energy to fuels and chemicals
Materials Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry; Catalysis and Reaction Engineering
Trio Funded
Funded // 2021-2022 Funding Round

Applying Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to Personnel Selection and Staffing: Efficacy and Ethics

The goal of the study is to use machine learning/AI to quantify more accurate algorithms for scoring interviews, the goal is to develop predictive algorithms for scoring interviews for future success.
Business in Society; Artificial Intelligence/Robotics; Communication; Ethics; data science
Trio Funded
Funded // 2021-2022 Funding Round

Centering Equity and Resilience in Urban Stream and Watershed Restoration

This project will integrate engineering, environmental, and social equity goals and perspectives to jointly and resiliently improve environmental and social equity conditions in urban regions.
Environmental Engineering; Environmental Sciences; Urban Studies and Planning; Physical and Environmental Geography
Trio Funded
Funded // 2021-2022 Funding Round

Understanding Causality in Complex Systems via Network Guided Causal Inference

This project will develop a novel network guided causal inference framework to uncover causal relations among entities in complex systems, with applications to various physical and human-made systems.
Statistical Methodology; data science; artificial intelligence
Trio Funded