Geology, music, physics research advances with seed grants

Washington State University.

The Office of Research awarded three College of Arts and Sciences faculty with 2024 New Faculty Seed Grants. The grant program supports junior faculty in developing research and scholarly or creative programs and allowing them to effectively seek out extramural funding and providing them opportunities for professional growth.

“This institutional investment is crucial funding,” said Kim Christen, associate vice president for research advancement and partnerships. “It provides junior faculty with funding that helps catalyze their research and creative practices at WSU.”

This year, 34 proposals across seven areas of discipline-based emphasis were received. In total, nine proposals were selected and represent a broad range of scholarly activity taking place at WSU.

The CAS New Faculty Seed Grant recipients are:

Scott Jess, School of the Environment, will use radiometric dating methods to study the tectonic history of the region and the Central Cordillera to better understand the major geological process and mitigate the risks it poses to society.

Cesar Haas, School of Music, will provide a guest artist residency focused on performances, workshops, and discussion panels that promote dissemination, teaching, and learning of Brazilian music at WSU and middle and high schools in the area free of charge to the community.

Qingze Guan, Department of Physics and Astronomy, will provide a theoretical investigation on a variety of beyond-mean-field physics in weakly interacting Bose-Einstein condensates, which will inform a comprehensive description of recent pertinent experimental results in literature and benefit not only the cold atom community but other areas of quantum research, including quantum optics and quantum information science.

Read about all nine recipients at WSU Insider.

By Karen Hunt, Office of Research