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CSUF Awarded $12 Million in Grants, Contracts and Program Funding

More than $12.1 million has been awarded to Cal State Fullerton during the first quarter of the academic year. The funding supports programs that help students go to college, earn degrees in specific fields, expand high-impact practices for students and benefit communities, and underwrite faculty research, much of which is conducted with students working alongside faculty members.

Among the awards given between July 1 and Sept. 30 are:

Michael Daniel, director of the Small Business Development Center: $2,415,870 from the U.S. Small Business Administration for the 2017 “California Orange County/Inland Empire SBDC” project.

David Chenot, chair and associate professor of social work:

  • $1,471,435 from the Regents of the University of California, Berkeley, for the “Title IV-E Stipend Program-MSW Project.” The federally funded California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) stipend program provides two years of support, at $18,500 per year, to full-time students enrolled in the child welfare concentration. Part-time students also are eligible for stipends that cover tuition, books and travel.
  • $151,000 from the Regents of the University of California/California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development for the “Educational Stipend Program — Masters of Social Work in the Public Mental Health Services.”


Adriana Badillo, GEAR UP project director: $1,116,440 U.S. Department of Education funding in support of the Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Program/GEAR UP Anaheim program. Related: GEAR UP Program to Follow Students Through First Year of College

Ruth Mielke, associate professor of nursing: $698,801 Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration for “Advanced Nursing Education Grant Program: Rural-Women of the Mountain Accessing New Services.”

Sora Tanjasiri, chair and professor of health science: $640,505 from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration in support of the “Health Careers Opportunity Program.”

Nilay Patel, associate professor of biological science: $609,000 in first-year funding from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine for “Bridges to Stem Cell Research, Therapy and Careers: A Talent Development Program for Training Diverse Undergraduates for Careers in Regenerative Medicine.” The five-year grant is expected to total $3,045,000; previously Patel received a five-year grant in 2010 for $2.96 million.

Berenecea Johnson Eanes, vice president for student affairs, and Victor Rojas, director of CSUF Upward Bound: $630,613 in first-year funding of two five-year, U.S. Department of Education grants. The awards are $373,118 for Upward Bound, serving four public high schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District, and $257,497 for the Upward Bound Program North, serving the Anaheim Unified and Fullerton Joint Union hIgh school districts.

Joshua Bilbrew, director of Educational Talent Search: $537,264 U.S. Department of Education grants supporting the Educational Talent Search programs.

Dawn Macy, director of the Center for Internships and Community Engagement:

  • $524,292 from the Buena Park School District for “Titan After School Education & Safety (ASES) Program.” Related article: College, Elementary Students Learn From Each Other in After-School Program
  • $68,387.40 supplement from the Tustin Unified School District for the “Tustin After School Education and Safety Program.” Earlier in the year, the program was awarded $853,262 for a total award of $921,649.40.
  • $83,037 Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc. award for the continuation of Jumpstart Project for 2017-18. Under the program, Titans spend two days a week leading educational activities in Santa Ana and Anaheim preschools.


Katherine Powers, director of the Office of Graduate Studies: $521,265 U.S. Department of Education award funding the fourth year of “Strengthening Opportunities, Access and Resources” or SOAR.

Pablo Jasis, associate professor of elementary and bilingual education: $474,991 U.S. Department of Education award in support of the third year of Cal State Fullerton’s High School Equivalency Program (CSUF-HEP) to assist migrant farm workers and their children.

Paula Hudson, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry: $368,212 National Science Foundation award for the “Acquisition of an Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography mass Spectrometer for Multi-Disciplinary Research.”

Lilivao Tautolo, director of Student Support Services program: $301,109 from the U.S. Department of Education in support of the Student Support Services program.

Janice Myck-Wayne, professor of special education: $250,000 in fifth-year funding from the U.S. Department of Education award in support of “Project STAR.”

Sara Johnson, professor of anthropology: $250,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture award for “U-ACRE 3.0 Partnership Across HSIs to Enhance the Student Research Experience.” Total award is $500,000. Related: U-ACRE Wins Statewide Award

Laura Gil-Trejo, director of the Social Science Research Center:

  • $199,402 contract from the Air Resource Board to conduct the “Small Off-Road Engine Zero Emission Equipment Accelerated Turnover Pilot Program” project.
  • $24,099 contract from the Harder + Company Community Research Inc. for the “Bridge Housing Corporation Household Survey Project.”


Natalie Tran, professor of educational leadership:


Kelvin Billingsley, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry: $140,000 from the National Institutes of Health for the “Novel Hyperpolarized Agents for the Metabolic Imaging of Cancer” project.

Geoffrey Lovelace, associate professor of physics: $136,819 National Science Foundation grant for “LSC Center for Coatings Research.”

Brady Heiner, associate professor of philosophy: $125,000 award from the Bickerstaff Family Foundation and $82,143 from The Opportunity Institute for Project Rebound.

Barbara Doyer, lecturer in nursing: $124,513 from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development for “Standardized Patients in the BSN Health Assessment Courses.”

Haowei Wang, associate professor of mechanical engineering: $72,491 contract from the Olson-Ecologic Engine Testing Lab for a “Convert a Diesel Engine to a CNG Engine With Aftertreatment.”

John Haan, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry: $70,000 American Chemical Society grant for “Understanding the Electronic Perturbation of Metal Catalysts Toward a More Efficient, Less Toxic Catalyst for the Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Formate.”

Maria Matza, assistant professor of nursing: $50,000 from Kaiser Foundation Hospitals for “Latino/a Neighborhood Health Advocates for Health Access.”

Sheryl Fontaine, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Corrine Decapite, FIRST director: $47,526 from the Regents of the University of California, Office of the President, for FIRST (Fullerton International Resources for Students and Teachers) 2017-18” project.

Joseph Carlin, assistant professor of geological sciences: $37,160 in first-year funding from the American Chemical Society for “Linking Decadal-Scale Changes in Continental Shelf Sediment Accumulations to Variability in Ocean and Terrestrial Processes.” Carlin is expected to receive $17,840 in second-year funding for a total award of $55,000.

Claire Cavallaro, emeritus dean of education: $25,000 from the California State University Chancellor’s Office for “CSU Pathways to New STEM Teacher Excellence 2017-18.”

Darren Sandquist, professor of biological science and director of the Desert Studies Center: $24,980 National Science Foundation grant for “Enhancing Research and Scholarly Training at the Desert Studies Center.”

Michael Boytim, lecturer in nursing: $27,112 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the “Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships” project.

Zair Ibragimov, associate professor of mathematics: $25,000 from the California State University Chancellor’s Office and $15,000 from the National Science Foundation through University Enterprises, Inc., for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.

Pamela Madsen, professor of music: $20,000 National Endowment of the Arts award for “There Will Come Soft Rains” project.

Peter Fashing, professor of anthropology:

  • $17,500 award from the Zoological Society of San Diego for the “Guassa Gelada Research Project 2017”
  • $15,000 from the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation for “Determining the Conservation Status of Gelada Monkeys: Distribution, Abundance and Phylogenetic Relationship of Theropithecus Gelada Across the Ethiopian Highlands.”


David Pagni, professor of mathematics: $16,000 award from the University of California, Office of the President, for the California Mathematics Project at CSUF.

Sandy Bond, director of the Real Estate and Land Use Institute: $13,834 award from the California State Bureau of Real Estate to continue the institute. The CSUF center, operated by the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, is part of the 23-campus California State University system’s applied research and professional education center for real estate and urban land use. Cal State Fullerton's branch was established in 1996.

Mark Ellis, professor of secondary education: $10,000 El Rancho Unified School District award for the “El Rancho Unified National Board Candidate Support Program.”

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