UNLV Faculty Opportunity Award Recipients

Jun. 10, 2021


Congratulations to the 2021 UNLV Faculty Opportunity Award Recipients!

The Faculty Opportunity Awards Program provides internal support for development of research with potential for continued funding by extramural funding agencies, private foundations, or industry.

Funding is generously provided by the UNLV Research Foundation and the UNLV Foundation.


Jennifer Byrnes
“Reliability and Validity of Radiographic Comparisons for Positive Identification.”
Mentor: Yu Kang

Tomas Capaldi
“Resolving the Tectonic Evolution of the Antler Orogeny in Nevada and California using Multi-mineral Geochronology.”
Mentor: Michael Wells

H. Jeremy Cho
Mechanical Engineering
“Harvesting fresh water from thin air using iongels.”
Mentor: Kwang Kim

Neffisatu Dambo
Counselor Education, School Psychology, and Human Services
“Interdisciplinary Career Wellness Supports: Vocational Certificates to College Degrees.”
Mentor: Tracy Spies

Jeehee Lee
Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction
“Real-time sensing of thermal comfort and indoor air quality (IAQ) in long-term care facilities.”
Mentor: Jaeyun Moon

Graham McGinnis
Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
“Effects of Circadian Disruption on Space Stressors.”
Mentor: Janice Pluth

Andrew Thomas Reyes
School of Nursing
“Testing the Feasibility of Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Smartphone App Intervention for College Student Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A Randomized Controlled Trial.”
Mentor: Christopher Kearney

Cassaundra Rodriguez
“Viva Mariachi! Student Musicians Crafting Culture, Educational Resilience, and Resistance in Las Vegas.”
Mentor: Ranita Ray

Zaijing Sun
Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences
“Developing Quasi-absolute Method (QAM) in Photon Activation Analysis (PAA).”
Mentor: Steen Madsen

Vanessa Vongkulluksn
Educational Psychology and Higher Education
“Critical Information Processing (CIP) Scaffold: Validating an Instructional Scaffold to Enhance Students’ Critical Integration and Evaluation of Online Scientific Information.”
Mentor: E. Michael Nussbaum

Katherine Wade-James
Teaching and Learning
“Teaching Science as Social Justice Using an Identify Framework.”
Mentor: Kendall Hartley

Yan Zhou
Physics and Astronomy
“Cold Chemistry and Precision Measurements in Novel “Bucket Brigade” Ion Trap.”
Mentor Tao Pang

Scholarly Activity

Phillip Zawarus
Landscape Architecture
“The p[AR]k: An Engaging Augmented Reality through Landscape Performance.”
Mentor: Kee Choi