IWL 2021 Interdisciplinary Summer Grant Program

The goals of the Institute for Women’s Leadership interdisciplinary grant program are to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations across the Marquette University community that further our understanding of gender and sex across the full range of human affairs, and to stimulate the development of such research into larger extramurally funded projects.

The Interdisciplinary Summer Grant Program will support high quality, interdisciplinary research projects involving collaborators from two or more disciplinary backgrounds or traditions that advance our understanding of gender and/or sex in any domain of human endeavor and show promise of receiving extramural funding.

2021 Award Recipients

The 2nd Annual Interdisciplinary Summer Pilot Grant Program award winners include four research grants and one project grant: 

Restorative Justice in Movement (RJM): Exploring the Embodiment of Healing and Gender Empowerment
PI Team: Dr. Heather Hlavka, Dr. Noelle Brigden, and Dr. Jennifer Ohlendorf, with Dr. Amber Tucker from Cardinal Stritch University

"Restorative Justice in Movement" is a research partnership with the Milwaukee Turners to develop a pilot program to promote gender equity, community empowerment, and collective healing from trauma.

Sex Differences in the Persistent Effects of COVID-19
PI Team
: Dr. Sandra Hunter, Dr. Linda Piacentine, Dr. Marie Hoeger Bement, and Dr. Paula Papanek

The overarching goal of this research is to determine the long-term effects of COVID-19 on physical and psychological function across different population demographics including sex, age, race, and ethnicity. 

Decolonizing the Archives: Ynéz Mexía’s Herbaria Digital Platform
PI Team: Dr. Michelle Medeiros and Dr. Henry Medeiros, with Dr. Denise Coutinho Endringer from Vila Velha University-Brazil

The purpose of "Decolonizing the Archives" is to analyze collecting expeditions to South America by the Mexican American botanist Ynéz Mexía (1870-1938).

An Early Index of Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease in Women: Advanced EEG Analysis of Complex Sensorimotor Functioning
PI Team: Dr. Kristy Nielson, Dr. Leigh Ann Mrotek, Dr. Robert Scheidt, and Dr. Scott Beardsley

The purpose of this research is to characterize sex differences in behavioral performance and in functional frontal-cerebellar activation and connectivity using advanced EEG techniques.  

The Persephone Project: Advocate. Amplify. Adore.
PI: Dr. Melissa Shew

The Persephone Project’s mission is grounded in the belief that all young people are “thinkerly” creatures filled with intellectual curiosity about themselves, the world, and each other. Yet, women, girls, and those who identify as gender nonconforming have been widely excluded from the history of intellectual life and are still excluded today. The Persephone Project aims to help remedy that situation.


IWL Research Mini-Grants

Institute for Women's Leadership is now offering mini-grants for research. The IWL Mini-Grants will offer up to $1,000 to individuals who need funds for academic advancement reasons involving the research of gender or sex.


IWL Pilot Interdisciplinary Summer Grant Program Recipients Awarded for Summer 2020

The Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL) launched its Pilot Interdisciplinary Summer Grant Program in 2020.  This research grant program seeks to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations across the university that further the campus community’s understanding of gender and sex across intersecting disciplines. IWL's pilot grant program funded 6 interdisciplinary research projects aimed at advancing understanding of gender and which had the potential for extramural funding. 

The IWL Pilot Interdisciplinary Summer Grant Program supports projects involving collaborators from two or more disciplinary backgrounds or traditions. Projects may be directed toward:

  • The gathering of primary data,
  • The application of innovative approaches and analyses to provide novel insights from existing data, and/or
  • Creative endeavors that stimulate or strengthen competitive extramural grant applications.