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Research Division announces awardees for the 2023-24 OURC/Baker Fund spring cycle

The OURC/Baker Fund program provides support for research, scholarship and creative activity at Ohio University. The program supports projects that range in scope from initial stages to those that are near completion, with funding requests of up to $15,000.

Funding for this program is provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research and an endowment from 1926 College of Arts and Sciences graduate Edwin L. Kennedy and his wife, Ruth, a 1930 graduate of the Patton College of Education.

The OURC/Baker Fund received a total of 15 proposals for a total funding request of $198,481 in the most recent cycle. Of the 15 proposals received, 11 proposals were resubmissions to the program. The committee selected 11 recipients for the spring cycle, totaling $146,108 in funding. The recipients are:

Michele Fiala, Music
"An Oboe Method E-Book to Expand Accessibility of the Instrument"
Amount Funded: $8,000

Tammy Rapp, Management
"Antecedents and Outcomes of Proactive Work Behaviors in Multiple Team Membership Arrangements"
Amount Funded: $15,000

Glenn Dutcher, Economics
"ERSD Patient Beliefs about Dialysis and Kidney Transplantation"
Amount Funded: $14,980

Ahmed Faik, Environmental and Plant Biology
"Identification of DNA Binding Sites of OsERF71, a Rice Transcription Factor that Positively Regulates Biomass Yield, and the Genes Regulated by its Action"
Amount Funded: $14,900

Merri Biechler, Theater
"The Valley of the Whales"
Amount Funded: $12,094

Ryan Fogt, Geography
"Ship Logbook Processing for Successful Data Recovery Around Antarctica"
Amount Funded: $12,385

Sarah Leibman, Film
"Stale Air"
Amount Funded: $14,600

Lisa Haven, English OHIO Zanesville
"Monty Banks Life and Art Investigation: The Full Monty Banks" (working title)
Amount Funded: $10,260

Cory Crawford, Classics and Religious Studies
"Spatial Modeling and Ceramic Production in the Area H “Orthostats” Temple at Tel Hazor"
Amount Funded: $14,999

Tom Rosol, Biomedical Sciences
"Role of DKK1 in Prostate Cancer"
Amount Funded: $15,000

Tom Hayes, Film
Amount Funded: $15,000

Proposals for the fall cycle have a deadline in early October. Updated deadline and guidelines should be available by mid-July. Inquiries about the program should be directed to Carma West at

May 8, 2024
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