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The W Awards

Compelling new research projects get a boost through the College’s innovative grant program

By Daniel P. Smith

After a successful launch in 2016, the W Awards have returned.

An internal grant program designed to spark scholarly inquiry among College faculty, the Weinberg College Research and Innovation Grants — the W Awards, for short — provide seed funding for exploratory research, including innovative new work, significant changes in research direction and new collaborative ventures.

Selected by a faculty review committee, this year’s W Award winners include a dozen faculty projects touching a diverse array of topics ranging from political science and psychology to anthropology and chemistry. The honorees are:

“The W Awards are to catalyze and support new and exciting research endeavors,” says Kelly Mayo, associate dean for research and graduate studies. “They are an investment in Weinberg College faculty and a recognition of the diverse and important scholarship in which they engage.”

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