Graduate Studies

Faculty-Mentored HEERF Awards

Inactive for 2022–2023

2021-2022 Faculty-Mentored Research & Creative Activities Program

Recovery and Resilience: Student-Faculty Research Partnerships
A Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) Program

Award Date: October 15, 2021 

Program Overview

This faculty-guided student research and creative projects program is designed to help counteract the impact of the pandemic by providing hands-on faculty-mentored projects that (re-)engage students in their academic work.  Funding is provided for faculty-mentored projects that support retention and academic progress, close the equity gap, curb feelings of social and intellectual isolation, advance the understanding and response to the pandemic’s impact, and build student and community resiliency for the inevitable next crisis.

Faculty Eligibility:

  • All faculty (including lecturers) are committed to providing students with a closely-guided research experience
  • Faculty may sponsor up to two individual students pursuing separate projects or one small student research team (2-5 students) working on the same project
  • Faculty may be asked to participate in one or two peer-facilitated sessions to discuss their mentoring experiences or serve as volunteer presenters in student-research-oriented Tipping Point session

Student Eligibility:

  • Enrolled undergraduate and graduate students in any program at all levels in good academic standing
  • Some preference will be given to those who started virtually (transfer, first, and second year students) or are struggling academically.

Project Requirements:

We consider research to be any scholarly or creative activity that leads to the production of new knowledge, insights, and problem-solving capabilities.

  • Research may be undertaken in any academic area utilizing the methods and approaches appropriate to the discipline.
  • Projects may be new or ongoing faculty research or student-designed projects guided by the faculty mentor.
  • Some preference will be given to projects that further the research output of the campus related to some aspect of the pandemic including, for example, health, economic, and cultural impacts; crisis management and control; and building student and community resiliency.
  • Students will be expected to give a public presentation of their work in some form at a campus research forum (i.e., poster or 3-minute presentation), student research competition, or student or professional conference.
  • Students will be required to submit an abstract of their work for publication to Adelante: A Chico State Journal of Student Research and Creative Work by April 1, 2022.
  • Duration: Minimum 8 weeks starting fall 2021, winter 21-22 session, or early spring 2022



  • $1500 for individual student projects (limited to two; separate applications required for each)
  • $3000 for sponsoring a small student team
  • Faculty will be funded through state payroll (subject to 125% of faculty assigned time, all paid by 4/30/22)


  • $4,800 per student (whether working on individual or team projects)
  • Student awards will disburse through Financial Aid and are taxable and subject to withholding. (These funds, however, are not considered student employment and do not count toward the 20 hr/wk work hour restrictions.)

Faculty-Mentored Research & Creative Activities Program

2021-2022 Faculty Awardees

Behavioral and Social Sciences
Abalone In Crisis: Heritage and Climate Change on the Sea Floor/Tásmam-Kóyóm: Life, Death and Rebirth in a Sacred Valley ANTHBrian BrazealSmall Team
Lessons Learned from the Camp Fire: Day-to-Day Playbook about What to Do During and After a DisasterCHLDLindsey NenadalIndividual Student
Basic Needs Project EvaluationECONDhanu ThamarapaniIndividual Student
We See You. Do You You See Us? Learning About Equity & BelongingMCGSMolly HeckSmall Team
Students helping students: Understanding the experience of housing insecurity at Chico StatePHHAStephanie MachadoIndividual Student
Study of Serious Offender Restorative Justice InterventionsPOLSSarah SmithIndividual Student
Perseverance to a Point: Does Grit Interfere with Help-Seeking in First Generation College Students?PSYCPatrick JohnsonIndividual Student
The influence of a permaculture workshop on mental health of fire survivorsPSYCLinda KlineIndividual Student
Students helping students: Understanding the experience of housing insecurity at Chico StateSWRKMolly CalhounSmall Team
Instructors' Antiracist Pedagogy: Experiencing Instructing, Facilitating, and Discussing RaceSWRKMichele EggersIndividual Student
Identifying Academic Needs Among Students Amid a PandemicSWRKJudy VangSmall Team
Communication and Education
Cultivating Transgender Health Communication in a Time of COVID-19CMASJennifer MalkowskiIndividual Student
Science Education in Covid 19 PandemicEDUCCatherine LemmiSmall Team
Humanities and Fine Arts
Art and Creative Writing in the Time of the PandemicILLCChar PrietoIndividual Student
Natural Sciences
Investigating Small Molecules for Biologically-Relevant ApplicationsCHEMCarolynn ArpinSmall Team
Determining the sources of naturally occurring asbestos in the Paradise and Magalia region, in readiness for the post-Camp Fire construction boomGEOSHannah AirdSmall Team
Watershed health impacts of the Camp FireGEOSSandrine MatiasekSmall Team
MYana Explorer: Investigation and communication of the evolution of an extinct volcano in Northern CaliforniaGEOSRachel TeasdaleIndividual Student
Producing ultracold atomic samplesPHYSHyewon PechkisSmall Team

For Additional Information Contact 

Sharon Barrios at or Brandi Aranguren at