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WIU Summer Stipend Award Recipients

November 29, 2022

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL -- The Western Illinois University Foundation, and the Office of Sponsored Projects have awarded eight stipends to WIU faculty for Summer 2023.

The grants, which amount to almost $26,000, provide opportunities for faculty to engage in projects leading to the professional advancement of the proposal writer, and the enhancement of WIU in the areas of teaching, research and creative activity.
"As part of our mission to promote and support scholarly activity, the Office of Sponsored Projects is honored to be engaged with the WIU Foundation in supporting the Summer Stipend program," said Shannon Sutton, director of the Office of Sponsored Projects.
WIU Foundation Executive Officer Brad Bainter said the Foundation is proud to support the scholarly activity of University faculty.
"Since 1989, the Foundation has provided Summer Stipend Awards so faculty have the opportunity to engage in projects beyond those traditionally pursued during the academic year," said Bainter.

Summer 2023 recipients include:

Accounting, Finance, Economics, and Decision Sciences
Professor Thomas Sadler
- Absolute Essentials of the Global Economy

Assistant Professor Vaskar Nepal
- Assessing the population characteristics of Bowfin in the Upper Mississippi River

Associate Professor Liguo Song
- Research on green liquid chromatography to minimize the use of hazard chemicals and generation of toxic waste for comprehensive cannabinoid testing of hemp plant materials

Professor Rebekah Buchanan
- Immigration Narratives and Nostalgia: How Norwegian Immigration Stories are Told in the United States and Norway

School of Music
Assistant Professor Emily Sevcik
- Scoping Review of Music Therapy Historical Research

Political Science
Professor Keith Boeckelman
- Improving Political Science 122 to Advance Civic Education

Associate Professor Leigh Ann Fisler
- Validating an Employment Readiness Training for Autistic Adults from Marginalized Backgrounds with Mixed Reality Simulation

Sociology & Anthropology
Professor Lora Wallace
- A Halloween Stigma Assignment and Mental Health Beliefs Among University Students

For more information about the Summer Stipend program, visit

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