On Friday, September 30, Gallaudet’s Office of Research hosted an event honoring faculty and staff who have current federal grants. Provost Dr. Khadijat K. Rashid, ’90; Dr. Paige Franklin, ’91, Interim Dean of the Faculty, and each School Director praised 40 researchers for their contributions to the university, their respective fields, and the Deaf community.

Three women on stage, left one has black pants, tan jacket, holding a bag about to exit the stage, middle has black hair, light gray long blazer with  a patterned bottom, right has chin length black hair, glasses, white long sleeve shirt, navy blue vest, khaki pants, white shoes and is holding bags with the powerpoint presented above them.
Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar, ’93, Dean of Research, at right, and Dr. Khadijat K. Rashid, ’90, Provost, center, recognized the important contributions these researchers are making.

Projects recognized represent a wide range of disciplines, from theater to linguistics, and astronomy to interpretation. The breadth of this work helps Gallaudet extend its impact globally. “I have so much respect and admiration for the researchers recognized here today — few people in the world are doing the kind of projects happening here at Gallaudet,” said Neerja Vasishta, Research Development Manager, Office of Research. 

Gallaudet faculty and staff submitted 37 grant proposals for Fiscal Year 2023, which has already translated into $1.2 million in new funding. The majority of proposals are still awaiting review, and could bring millions more to campus. 

Grants frequently build in ways to support students, Vasishta added. Examples include mentoring programs, summer camps, and research experiences, such as fieldwork in the Chesapeake Bay. Funding also covers new equipment and technologies that students can then take advantage of. “This is laying the groundwork for future possibilities,” she explained.

Over the next few months, the Office of Research will be highlighting project leaders on their
MyGU page. Check each week for a short summary of what they are learning with their research.

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