First Year Research Awards

First Year Research Awards are scholarships designed to match outstanding students with Wittenberg’s award-winning faculty. Students selected for First Year Research awards will work closely with a faculty member while pursuing exciting research opportunities in the first year at Wittenberg.

The First Year Research Awards are for $2,000 ($1,000 per semester) for the student’s first year only. This is a non-renewable award. Students can only receive one First Year Research Award and one will be awarded per area listed below. First Year Research Awards can be combined with other Special Interest Awards.

  • Priority Deadline: December 1
  • Final Deadline: February 1

Biology, Professor Richard S. Phillips

Recipient will assist Dr. Richard Phillips, in consultation with the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, in developing and evaluating survey techniques to document the spotted turtle population numbers at fens in Clark County.

Business and Economics, Professor Ross Jackson

Recipient will assist Dr. Ross Jackson in his current research on management, organizational praxis, power dynamics and resistance, and business language and rhetoric.

Business and Economics, Professor Sunny Jeong

Recipient will assist Dr. Sunny Jeong in her current research in the area of spirituality and management.

Chemistry, Professor Kristin Cline

Recipient will assist Dr. Kristin Cline in his current research.  Recipient will assist Dr. Kristin Cline in ongoing research characterizing the presence and identity of microplastics in local water sources.

Computer Science, Professor Tyler Highlander

Recipient will assist Dr. Tyler Highlander in the ongoing research activities of the Conditional-Dilated Attention Tracking Model (C-DATM), an artificial neural network that uses small amounts of data to generically track objects in real-time.

Education, Professor Michael Daiga

Recipient will assist Dr. Michael Daiga in ongoing research about how PK-16 students learn data and statistics.  In particular, this research project will explore the statistical thinking construct identified as transnumeration, the action individuals demonstrate when rearranging data in a variety of manners in graphical representations to expose the numeracy.

Nursing, Professor Marie Bashaw

Recipient will assist Dr. Marie Bashaw in her research in on educational practices to build clinical judgment in nursing students.

Physics/Environmental Science, Professor Elizabeth George

Recipient will assist Dr. Elizabeth George in an ongoing project to model streamflow in river systems using professional-quality hydrology software (HEC-RAS) to create computational models of the flow behavior of a local stream system (Buck Creek) that is undergoing restoration.

Physics, Professor Jeremiah Williams

Recipient will assist Dr. Jeremiah Williams in the ongoing research activities of the Wittenberg University Plasma Laboratory (WUPL).  The specific project will be determined based on student background and the current research priorities of the laboratory.  For more information about the current research activities in the WUPL, please visit

Political Science, Professor Heather Hadar Wright

Recipient will assist Dr. Heather Hadar Wright in her current research on political theory, political ideology, addiction, gender and film representation.

    Psychology, Professor William Davis

    Recipient will assist Dr. William Davis in his research in psychology and well-being, including topics such as authenticity and meaning in life.  For more information about Dr. Davis’ recent research interests and activities, please visit

    Religion, Professor Travis Proctor

    Recipient will assist Dr. Travis Proctor in in his research on early Christian depictions of Jesus of Nazareth, as understood through perspectives drawn from religious studies, gender studies, and the environmental humanities.

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