Research Grants

Applying for a 2019 UDARF Research Fund Grant

The UDARF Executive Board appoints three retirees to the Research Fund Award Committee for a two-year term. The Committee is charged with evaluating the merits of the applications. The current Committee’s term ends in 2020.

  • Only retirees are eligible for this grant. However, members of the Award Committee may not apply.
  • Applications are due by March 1, 2019 to the UDARF Research Committee. Send the application form electronically to UDARF Vice-President Janet Johnson (
  • Download the application form (PDF version) (Microsoft Word version). Email the completed form to
  • The Research Fund Committee will report its evaluation results to the UDARF President by May 1.
  • The UDARF President will announce the results at the May luncheon.
  • Eligibility criteria:
    • Funds for travel to depositories of information for research OR
    • Funds for those presenting research papers at an academic conference OR
    • Funds for other reasons as the committee deems applicable.
  • Award requests may not exceed $750 per application. Thanks to funding from the Office of the Provost, our overall annual funding budget is $5,000.

2019 UDARF Research Fund Grants

The Research Fund Committee (Janet B. Johnson: chair, Judith Hough-Goldstein, Theodore Braun) has awarded eight individual grants to support research and presentations at professional conferences.

Deborah C. Andrews (English) to present a paper, “New Writing in New Spaces: The Material Environment of Professional Communication” at the 84th annual conference of the Association for Business Communication, Detroit, October 23-26, 2019.

Leslie Goldstein (Political Science and International Relations) for paper presentation, Technologies of Travel, “Birth Tourism,” and Birthright Citizenship,” at the University of Maryland Law School’s by-invitation workshop for academics from law schools and political science departments on Technology and the Constitution, March 8-9, 2019.

Philip Goldstein (English) for travel to present a paper “Reading Faulkner’s Light in August” at the American Literature Association Meeting, May 23-26, 2019 in Boston.

M. Jo Kallal (Fashion and Apparel Studies) for panel presentation, Nurturing the Value of Sustainability through the Lens of Aesthetics and Taste Within the Fashion System,” at the Regent’s University London and International Textile and Apparel Association Joint Conference: 2019 Sustainability in Fashion, July 30 – August 1, 2019, London, UK.

David M. Mason (Applied Economics and Statistics) for visit to the Centro de Investigacion en Matematical in Guanajuato, Mexico for research related to Lévy processes.

Frederick Nelson (Geography) for paper presentation “The Periglacial Crosscut: Upland Cryoplanation and the Climatic Snowline, Southern Hemisphere International Conference on Permafrost, Queenstown, New Zealand, December 4-14, 2019.

Yda Schreuder (Geography) for travel to UC Berkeley Bancroft Library to use the Engel Sluiter Document Collection to conduct research on the emergence of the Dutch tobacco trade in the Caribbean region in the early 17th century.

John F. Wehmiller (Geological Sciences) for curation of Professor Allen Thompson’s collection of field photographs.

2018 UDARF Research Fund Grants

The Research Fund Committee (Ronald Martin: chair, John Meakin, Robert Taggart) has awarded seven individual grants of approx $715. The awards will support travel and accommodations at conferences at which presentations will be made.

Deborah C. Andrews (English): Continued research for a publication on the physical environment of 21st Century workplaces designed to foster creativity and innovation through collaborative communication. London, June 2018

Theodore E. D. Braun (Language, Literature and Cultures):  Lies, Calumnies, Alternative Facts: Voltaire Against Le Franc de Pompignan, Academie de Montauban. Pompignan, June 2018.

Philip Goldstein (English): Reading Now: Practices, Pedagogy, Profession: An Israel Science Foundation Workshop. Beersheba, June 2018.

David M. Mason (Applied Economics & Statistics): Sándor Csörgő Memorial Conference, Bolyai Institute. Szeged, May 2o18.

Frederick E. Nelson (Geography): 5th European Conference on Permafrost. Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, June 2018.

David P. M. Northmore (Psychological & Brain Sciences):  The magical number four in visual perception conjured from neural network tinkering (poster presentation), Champalimaud Research Symposium: Quantitative Approaches to Behaviour and Neural Systems. Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown. Lisbon, October 2018.

John F. Wehmiller (Geological Sciences): Geological Society of America National Meeting, Indianapolis, November 2018 and the  Geological Society of America Regional Meeting , Charleston, SC, March 2019.

2017 UDARF Research Fund Grants

The Research Fund Committee (Ronald Martin, Leslie Goldstein, Robert Taggart) has awarded grants of $715  to each of the following people:

Deborah C. Andrews (English): travel, registration and accommodations to present Academic maker spaces: Contexts for research on interdisciplinary collaborative communication at the annual meeting of the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication (ACM SIGDOC) in Halifax, Canada, August 11-13, 2017.

Leslie F. Goldstein (Political Science & International Relations): travel and accommodations for the presentation of a paper at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, August 31-September 2, 2017.

Philip Goldstein (English): registration, travel and accommodations for the presentation of a paper at the American Literature Association Symposium, March 3-4, 2017.

David M. Mason (Applied Economics & Statistics): travel for the presentation of a paper at the Workshop on Levy Processes and Time Series in Ulm, Germany, September 11-15, 2017.

Marian Leif Palley (Political Science & International Relations): US travel and accommodations not covered by an organizational grant to present a paper at the Japanese American Women Political Scientists Symposium at Ocha University, Japan, May 2017.

John F. Wehmiller (Geological Sciences): travel and accommodations for the presentation of a paper at the Geological Society of America Meeting, March 30-31, 2017.

Rebecca Worley (English): travel and accommodations for the presentation of a paper at the Association for Business Communication conference in Dublin, Ireland, October 18-21, 2017.