Recipients of 2024 summer team Impact projects announced

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The Office of Undergraduate Education recently awarded five groups with Summer Team Impact Project Grants, which will support multidisciplinary summer projects of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members. The summer grants are part of the larger Mason Impact program that prepares students to tackle significant global questions and challenges by investigating meaningful questions, engaging multiple perspectives, and creating new knowledge. 

These grants combine support for faculty from multiple disciplines to develop and tackle a research question with support for students to engage in that research effortthey are one of the purest examples we have of realizing our mission of access to excellence,” Keith Renshaw, senior associate provost for Undergraduate Education, said. “They also yield high-impact resultspast projects have sown the seeds for what is now the Enslaved People of George Mason Memorial, the bruise and injury detection research in the College of Public Health, and more.” 

Summer Team Impact Projects tackle global questions and challenges within all three focus areas of Mason Impact which include Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities, Community Engagement and Civic Learning, and Career, Industry, and Entrepreneurship. Faculty present a question to a team of undergraduate students who work throughout the summer to create a solution and then present their findings, action plan, or prototype to the Mason community. The following teams have received funding for their topics: 

Investigating the link between civic engagement, E-health, and health outcomes of older immigrants 

  • Limei Chen, assistant professor, social work (College of Public Health) 

  • Jung Yeon (Ellie) Park, assistant professor, quantitative research methods (College of Education and Human Development) 

  • Kyeung Mi Oh, associate professor, nursing (College of Public Health) 

Assessing Supports to Address Suicidality Among Northern Virginian Middle- and High- Schoolers 

  • Melissa Villodas, assistant professor, social work (College of Public Health) 

  • Anna Parisi, assistant professor, social work (College of Public Health) 

Addressing the International Artificial Intelligence Cyber Question with US Cyber Command 

  • Brian Ngac, instructor, information systems and operations management (Costello College of Business) 

  • Nirup Menon, professor, information systems and operations management (Costello College of Business) 

Recording the lived experiences of patients with chronic pain from minoritized and underserved communities 

  • Samuel Acuña, research assistant professor, bioengineering (Volgenau School of Engineering) 

  • Kevin Lybarger, assistant professor, information sciences and technology (College of Engineering and Computing) 

  • Seiyon Lee, assistant professor, statistics (College of Engineering and Computing) 

  • Siddhartha Sikdar, professor, bioengineering (Volgenau School of Engineering) 

How do we recruit and retain a diverse, new generation of Virginia teachers? 

  • Margaret Weiss, associate professor of special education (College of Education and Human Development)  

  • Holly Glaser, assistant professor elementary education (College of Education and Human Development)