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Office of Research issues largest number of Research Launch Awards to date

Findings Staff Report | Sept. 9, 2021

Success from day one—that’s what the Office of Research wants for all first-year faculty researchers at the University of Cincinnati.

So, in order to provide the support which draws out success, the Office of Research began issuing the Research Launch Award in 2018, a program which rewards researchers in their first year at UC with $2,500 in research or professional development funding for attending at least ten Office of Research Professional Development Series events in their first academic year. Since its inception, 87 individuals have completed the Research Launch program requirements.

Last year was a record year for the program. We had more awardees than ever, and more from almost every college.

“Attending the events tremendously helped me acclimate to the wide array of resources UC has to support early-career investigators, in addition to widening my UC network,” says Samantha J. Boch, who has a doctorate in nursing science and is a registered nurse that finished her first year as an assistant professor in the College of Nursing last year.

Boch wants to become a leading nurse scientist in areas that improve the health and healthcare delivery of children of incarcerated parents and other populations that have been impacted by justice issues.

Each of the 32 awardees is doing fascinating work. Meet them all, below, and check out a full list of winners since 2018—with links to their profiles.

Research Launch Awardees 2021

Daniel Arendt

Assistant Professor

Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences

College of Pharmacy

 

Ishita Basu

Assistant Professor-Research

Neurosurgery

College of Medicine 

 

Randi A. Bates

Assistant Professor

College of Nursing 

 

Samantha J. Boch

Assistant Professor

College of Nursing 

 

Joe Brackman

Assistant Professor

Media Production Division 

College-Conservatory of Music

 

Michelle Burbage

Assistant Professor

Public Health Sciences Division

Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences

College of Medicine  

 

Gi Woong Choi

Assistant Professor

Instructional Design and Technology

School of Education

College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services

 

Nate Ela

Assistant Professor

Political Science and Law

College of Arts & Sciences and College of Law 

 
Greg Eldridge

Associate Professor

Opera Directing  

College-Conservatory of Music  

 

Jerome A. Graham 
Assistant Professor

Educational Leadership 
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services 


Xiaoqin Guo

Assistant Professor

Department of Mathematical Sciences 

College of Arts & Sciences

 

Brittany E. Hayes

Assistant Professor

School of Criminal Justice  

College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services 

 

Melissa Jacquart 
Assistant Professor
Philosophy Department
Associate Director of the Center for Public Engagement with Science


Emily Jobe

Assistant Professor of Biology

Blue Ash College


Zobaida Laota

Assistant Professor-Educator 

Counseling

College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services 


Seokki Lee 

Assistant Professor 

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

College of Engineering and Applied Science 


Youn Seon Lim

Assistant Professor

Quantitative and Mixed Methods Research Methods, Educational Studies

College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services 


Anne Lingwall Odio

Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

College of Arts & Sciences


Aditi Machado 

Assistant Professor 

Department of English and Comparative Literature 

College of Arts & Sciences 


John R. Martin

Assistant Professor 

Department of Biomedical Engineering 

College of Engineering and Applied Science


Eduardo J. Martinez

Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy

College of Arts & Sciences


Kara Moranski

Assistant Professor

Romance & Arabic Languages & Literatures

College of Arts & Sciences


James L. Pease

Assistant Professor 

School of Social Work 

College of Allied Health Sciences 


Rachel Saunders

Assistant Professor

Counseling

College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services 


Jill Shirokawa

Assistant Professor of Chemistry  

Department of Science and Health  

Clermont College


Inne Singgih 

Assistant Professor Educator 

Department of Mathematical Sciences 

College of Arts & Sciences 


Pietro Strobbia

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry

College of Arts & Sciences


Kristy Swift

Assistant Professor of Musicology Educator 

Division of Composition, Musicology, and Music Theory 

College-Conservatory of Music 


Colleen Uscianowski 

Assistant Professor

Early Childhood Education Program

College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services 


Lori Vincent

Assistant Professor 

School Psychology Programs/School of Human Services 

College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services 


Danielle M. Winget

Assistant Professor

Department of Science & Health

Clermont College 

Felicia Zamora

Assistant Professor

Department of English

College of Arts & Sciences