Marquette COVID-19 Research Initiative

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected most aspects of the daily lives of Americans and people across the world. Marquette University, a research and student-focused institution, is in the unique position to bring together scholars from the Marquette community, including faculty, staff, and students, to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, how we got here, and the emerging trends and strategies to address the changing world.

The primary goal of this research initiative is to identify, and promote research performed by the Marquette community on the immediate and long-term issues and the impact on society related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This could involve small or large research collaborations, from new or existing interdisciplinary collaborative teams, or work led by individual investigators. The emphasis will be on achievable and feasible short- and long-term research projects or educational opportunities focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative will provide high-impact learning opportunities for Marquette graduate and undergraduate students through research of COVID-19 pandemic issues that will affect this generation for years to come. The Marquette initiative will complement the current Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) COVID-19 Research Initiative that is focused on clinical and health systems studies.

External funding opportunities 

External funding opportunities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) website

To identify areas of interest and strength, and specific skill sets among Marquette faculty, staff and students, the Office of Research and Innovation at Marquette will host an online faculty-staff research forum (Town hall) to connect investigators who wish to address some of the research opportunities that the COVID-19 crisis has set in motion.  Before attending the Town hall please fill in this questionnaire identifying your area of interest and skills, project ideas, or need for collaborators. Ideas that are generated will be shared within the internal Marquette University community to improve our ability to create teams and connect researchers. These ideas will not be released to the general public or other local or non-local academic institutions without explicit permission of all researchers involved and will only be accessible to the Marquette community when logged in to the website with Marquette University credentials.


Submit your research interests, ideas, and skill sets related to COVID-19.


View others' research interests, ideas, and skill sets related to COVID-19 (Marquette VPN or campus network connection required).




Virtual Town Halls - April 28th and 29th. A recording of the town hall is available here.

(Restricted to Marquette VPN and campus network only)

Wisconsin's COVID-19 Policies Webinar - May 22nd, 12PM. Zoom link here


Questions & Answers

What are the Desired Outcomes from the Marquette Covid-19 Research Initiative?

  1. Interdisciplinary collaborations and research studies
  2. New knowledge and applications
  3. Publications
  4. Grant applications to external agencies and subsequent funding
  5. Research blogs, podcasts and webinars by faculty and students
  6. Research seminar series offered by faculty on COVID-19 - related issues
  7. Dynamic website to centralize and streamline communication of the details of the initiative, host blogs, podcasts, webinars and promote the outcomes of the research
  8. High-impact educational experiences through research and teaching for graduate and undergraduate students
  9. Graduate and undergraduate classes/seminars: education on the research and consequences of Covid-19 and emerging diseases in a changing world
  10. External and corporate partnerships in the local and broader community

Is internal funding available for my project?

This initiative primarily aims to connect investigators with various research ideas and skills sets to address small and large research and educational opportunities associated with COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, the steering committee will also examine opportunities to leverage small and repurposed internal funds as available and appropriate to support these opportunities.

How can I locate external funding opportunities?

Known external COVID-19-specific funding opportunities can be found at this link and websiteThere are many other existing opportunities that will support COVID-19 related research, but do not call it out or name it specifically. It is important to develop your project idea first. Averia Flasch (, x5327) and Erin Folstad (, x 3642) in ORSP can help guide teams in finding additional non-COVID-19-specific opportunities.

My research does not directly relate to COVID/pandemic. Does that mean I cannot participate or that I have to change my research program? 

Please do participate in the Town hall.  It might be that you will find ways that your research program intersects with others on campus for collaborations now or in the future.

My research is on a different topic, but my teaching addresses disease, disability, and other related topics. Is teaching a part of this initiative?

Absolutely--one goal of organizing our responses to the current pandemic is to engage our graduate and undergraduate students in our work. The COVID-19 virus example may offer high-impact activities through teaching in our specific disciplines and across the common core.

How can I connect with other project investigators or teams after the Town hall?

After the Town hall meeting, the submitted descriptions of the research projects, educational ideas and skill sets will be available online (Marquette access only and with contact information). This will be the opportunity for investigators with expertise in different areas and/or new skill sets to connect with research groups or individual investigators. If you have a skill set or area of expertise that could fit with a research group or the ideas of an individual investigator, please contact them and start the conversation. You do not need to wait for feedback from the Town hall meeting organizers. The organizers, however, will reach out to you to ensure the needed connections are made.

The ideas that are generated will be shared within the internal Marquette University community to improve our ability to create teams and connect researchers. These ideas will not be released to the general public or other local or non-local academic institutions without explicit permission of all researchers involved and will only be accessible to the Marquette community when logged in to the website with Marquette University credentials.

I am a student at Marquette and interested in being involved in research that is related to the COVID-19 pandemic. How do I get involved?

Attend the Town hall meetings and fill out the online questionnaire. If you missed the Town hall, you will be able to access a recording on this website (see link on the front page), and also view descriptions of project ideas and teams who are seeking student involvement.  Reach out to the primary contact.

If you do not have access to a Marquette VPN or campus network connection, reach out to and we will assist you in getting connected to a research team.

Additional questions or concerns?

Address any additional questions or comments to 

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Steering Committee:

Dan Bergen (Office of Economic Engagement)

Executive Director, Office of Community Engagement

Edward Blumenthal (College of Arts & Sciences)

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs, Arts & Sciences

Co-Director, Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute

Andrew Dentino (School of Dentistry)

 Associate Dean of Research, Dentistry

Guilherme Garcia (Dept of Biomedical Engineering)

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University and The Medical College of Wisconsin

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin

Kimberlee A. Gretebeck (College of Nursing)

 Interim Associate Dean for Research

Michael Haischer (Athletic and Human Performance Research Center)

 Laboratory Manager, AHPRC

Graduate student, Exercise Science and Rehabilitation program, Dept of Physical Therapy

Sandra Hunter (Exercise Science, Dept. of Physical Therapy)

Planning Director, Athletic and Human Performance Research Center (AHPRC)

Krassimira Hristova (Dept of Biological Sciences)

Director, Global Water Center (GWC)

Young Kim (Diederich College of Communication) 

Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication

Lezlie Knox (Dept. of History)

Assistant Chair, Dept. of History

Committee on Research, Humanities representative

John Mantsch (Dept. of Biomedical Sciences)

Chair, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences

Sameena Mulla (Dept. of Social and Cultural Science)

 Associate Professor Dept. of Social and Cultural Science

Paula Papanek (Exercise Science, Dept. of Physical Therapy)

Director, Exercise Science Program

CTSI Executive Committee and COVID-19 Research Initiative Steering Committee

Andrea Schneider (Law School)

Director, Institute for Women's Leadership

Director, Law School Dispute Resolution Program

Lucas Torres (Dept. of Psychology)

Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology

Faculty Fellow, Officie of Research & Innovation 

Leigh Vandenkieboom  (Dept. of Educational Policy)

Chair, Dept. of Educational Policy

Amy Van Hecke (Dept of Psychology)

Executive Co-Director, Next Step Clinic

Director, Marquette PEERS Program in the Interdisciplinary Autism Initiative

Chair, Committee on Research

Kalpa Vithalani (Office of Research & Sponsored Programs)

Executive Director, Technology Transfer

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