New Research Grants Awarded

May. 31, 2018
  • A $10,000 Faculty Opportunity Grant from the Office of Research and Economic Development at UNLV has been granted to Professor Burmeister and co-PI Dr. Stefani Relles, an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology. Their project is titled “From the Tower to the Streets: Exploring an Interdisciplinary Model of Public Policy Research.” Consistent with UNLV goals to foster interdisciplinary work, the project introduces a model of collaborative research that innovates how (and for whom) scholarship is conceptualized, funded, executed, and disseminated. It melds the traditions of cinéma vérité filmmaking with the traditions of ethnographic research, and will produce a case study of a Las Vegas block near the Fremont Street Experience, exploring the dynamics of a community operating against a backdrop of economic extremes.
  • The Office of Undergraduate Research has granted $1,500 to Department of Art student Zully Mejia. On Instagram and Facebook Mejia let it be known that this money will go towards creating artwork for two exhibitions abroad this upcoming August/September at Bateau Daphne in Paris, France, and ArteriaBCN in Barcelona, Spain. 
  • The Office of Undergraduate Research Summer Undergraduate Research has granted $1,500 to Department of Film student Melissa Del Rosario for her upcoming feature length film entitled Shellfish which is going into production this summer. 
  • The Office of Undergraduate Research Summer Undergraduate Research has granted $1,500 to Department of Art student Nicole Weber for her new interactive structure that will blend sociology and art. 

    “The project I am proposing will be a 6’ (d) by 5’ (h) dome-shaped architectural installation, large enough for a person to enter and sit, whose interior will resemble an egg-shaped cave," Weber explained, "The dome is meant to be an “artistic interruption” of public space (parks, libraries) l, thus the environment where the work is able to be seen must be somewhere outside of a traditional gallery setting, and is designed to be mobile in order to allow the work to change its public settings. My intention is to utilize the location and the physical contact required of the artwork in order to challenge these conditions of the viewer to collect social behavior through the lens of both the art world and public space. Through video surveillance I will be able to record in real time my audience in both the interior and exterior of the structure. The analysis I wish to collect from this work will be focused on how my audience interprets the project as both a work of art and a facility within public space. Whether or not my viewers invite themselves to the work will be the behaviors I wish to capture for further analysis.”

  • The Office of Undergraduate Research Summer Undergraduate Research has granted $15,277 was awarded to Kimberly James, College of Fine Arts; Timothy Self, College of Hospitality for “Objective Measurement of Vocal Fatigue in the Hospitality Industry”