Auburn University Award and Recognition Programs


Creative Work and Social Impact Scholarship Funding Program (CWSIS)

The CWSIS program is a strategically focused Auburn University investment strategy that enhances faculty capacity and University prestige. This program supports scholarship in areas of creative work and social impact that has strong potential to enhance program and university rankings and bring greater visibility and recognition of our faculty and institution. In addition to raising the visibility and influence of Auburn University, CWSIS projects may attract external funding in the forms of grants, industry partnerships and contracts, private foundation funding, and donor support. Investing in CWSIS supports the University’s strategic plan by elevating scholarly impact, investing in outstanding people who advance the university’s mission, and providing an elevated Auburn experience for our students.

Creative Work and Social Impact Scholarship Funding Program (CWSIS)

Junshan Liu, College of Architecture, Design and Construction, “Digitally Preserving and Re-presenting Alabama’s Rosenwald Schools”

Alicia Powers, College of Human Sciences, “A clinical-community pediatric wellness initiative to manage and prevent cardiometabolic diseases in children with limited resources in Alabama”


Creative Work and Social Impact Scholarship Funding Program (CWSIS)

Beverley Rilett, Auburn University Libraries, “19th Century Lit, 21st Century Tech: Interdisciplinary Partnerships for a Digital Humanities Initiative”

James (Rusty) Smith, College of Architecture, Design, & Construction, “Optimizing Integration and Adoption of Healthy Building Materials in the Design of Energy Efficient, Resilient Single-Family Building Envelope Assemblies”

Creative Work and Social Impact Scholarship Funding Program (CWSIS)

Heidi Hausse, College of Liberal Arts, History, “Engineering History: An Experimental Approach to Recovering the Lived Experience of a Sixteenth-Century Amputee.”

Eden McLean, College of Liberal Arts, “The Limits of Fascism: Luigi Molina and the Struggle for Fascist Hegemony in an Italian Borderland, 1923-1944.”

Research Support Program (RSP)

The RSP is a strategically focused Auburn University investment strategy that promotes promising and impactful new lines of research as well as the growth of collaborative and/or interdisciplinary teams to build the foundations of science, to overcome scientific and societal challenges and to promote and enhance the quality of life and wellbeing of individuals, groups and communities. Research activities supported by the RSP will have a strong potential to attract extramural funding for sustained research efforts. The program will also enhance the visibility and recognition of our faculty and institution. Investing in the RSP supports the University’s strategic plan by elevating research and scholarly impact to address society’s critical issues and promote economic development in Alabama and beyond, investing in the outstanding people who advance the university’s mission, and providing an elevated Auburn experience for our students.

Research Support Program (RSP) 

Brian Albanese, College of Liberal Arts, “Neurobehavioral sensitivity to negative reinforcement in suicide”

Benjamin Bush, College of Architecture, Design and Construction, “EX4C: Next Generation Blood and Vaccine Transport for Combat, Austere and Challenging Environments”

Nathaniel Hardy, College of Agriculture, “The Evolution of Virulence in Xylella fastidiosa”

Amal Khalil Kaddoumi, Harrison School of Pharmacy, “Amylin role in Alzheimer’s disease”

Peng Li, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, “Probing Novel Quantum Phases in van der Waals Magnet Fe5GeTe2”

Panagiotis Mistriotis, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, “Bioengineering tools to uncover the mechanisms of human mesenchymal stem cell migration”

Kristina Neely, College of Education, “Inhibitory Motor Control in Adults with ADHD”

Janna Willoughby, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, “How do environmental and genetic effects interact to determine individual fitness?”

Heather Alexander, College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment, “Estimating carbon storage, fuel loading, and fire behavior consequences in hurricane-impacted, fire-dependent forests of the southeastern U.S.”

Symone Alexander, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, “Decoding Diffusion in Dietary Fiber Networks”

Joseph Bardeen, College of Liberal Arts, “Testing a Single-Session Attention Bias Modification Program for Individuals with PTSD and Maladaptive Behavioral Phenotypes of Threat Processing”

Ming Chen, College of Sciences & Mathematics, “Exploring the Radical Chemistry of Organoboron Compounds”

Siyuan Dai, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, “Isotopic van der Waals engineering for phononic light-matter interactions”

Kelly Krawczyk, College of Liberal Arts, “Measuring the Impact of Civil Society on Political Participation in Liberia”

Marcelo Kuroda, College of Sciences & Mathematics, “DNA-Enabled High-Density Storage in Two-dimensional Channel Devices”

Austin Robinson, College of Education, “Can Ketone Supplementation Attenuate the Adverse Cardiorenal Consequences of High Dietary Salt in Human Participants?”

Selim Sukhtaiev, College of Sciences & Mathematics, “Population dynamics in complex media”

Research Support Program (RSP)

Henry Baker, College of Veterinary Medicine, “A Nanoplasmonic Biosensor for Rapid Antemortem Detection of Rabies Infection.”

Sarit Dhar, College of Sciences & Mathematics, “High temperature ion implantation for Gallium Oxide power electronics."

Stephen Erath, College of Human Sciences, “Predicting Adolescent Reception of Parental Support: Matches and Mismatches Between Provided and Desired Support.”

Aime Johnson, College of Veterinary Medicine, “Viral Vectored Contraceptive GnRH Vaccine for Cat Population Control.”

Christopher Kieslich, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, “Data-enabled mesoscale simulations of virus capsid self-assembly.”

Daniel Kroeger, College of Veterinary Medicine, “Reducing levels of beta-amyloid (Aβ) and tau by stimulating natural sleep circuits in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Lana Narine, College of Forestry, Wildlife & Environment, “Enhancing The Ability to Detect Forest Changes from Hurricane Disturbance Using Multitemporal Spaceborne Lidar and Imagery.”

Jake Nelson, College of Sciences & Mathematics, “Evaluating community resilience through preparedness behavior using large-scale human mobility data.”

Tanzeel Rehman, College of Agriculture, “Data-Driven High-Throughput Blueberry Drought Tolerant Phenotyping for Sustainable Production Under Changing Climate.”

Creative Research & Scholarship Awards

The Creative Research and Scholarship Awards were created to recognize the research achievements and contributions of Auburn University faculty through the presentation of two annual awards. These awards are presented to faculty who have distinguished themselves through research, scholarly works, and/or creative contributions to their fields.

Launch Innovation Award

LAUNCH proposals must be defined as applied and not basic (pure) research. Proposals will adhere to a submission process which identifies the technology readiness level for the project along with pertinent information regarding market assessment, commercial viability, milestone schedule and budget required. Grant proposals will be screened for compliance with defined selection criteria identified by the OVPRED. 

SEC Faculty Travel Grant Program

Up to $10,000 is available in travel grants for the 2021-2022 academic year to be distributed among faculty who are selected for these awards. These funds can be used for transportation, room, board, etc.   The SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities.  It gives faculty from one SEC university the opportunity to travel to another SEC campus to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals, and conduct research.