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Graduate Student Research Challenge Grant

The 2013-2014 Graduate Student Research Challenge Grants: Building Research Partnerships Across Disciplines

The Office of Graduate Studies and the Office of Research and Innovation are pleased to announce the selected proposals for the 2013-2014 Graduate Student Research Challenge Grants: Building Research Partnerships Across Disciplines. These one-year projects are designed for students to develop research skills that will allow them to excel in their chosen fields. It is part of the mission and strategic plans of USF and the Office of Graduate Studies to build leaders through excellence in collaborative graduate education and research. Each proposal was submitted by a team of four students, where at least two of the students were from two different colleges. All of the projects advance the students’ academic programs and were signed and approved by the student mentors & Colleges.

Congratulations to the awardees, and we ask that all students and faculty keep checking the Office of Graduate Studies website for information about future research opportunities!


Funded Proposals:


1) Improving Drinking Water Quality in Pinellas County via Optimized Flushing

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2) Developing a New Computationally Efficient Method for Optimal Design of the Heliostat Field for a Solar Power Tower Plant

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3) Design and Evaluation of an Aquaponic System for Local Food Production

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4) The Social Stratification of Health Risks Associated with Wastewater Irrigation: A Rapid Assessment in Punata, Bolivia

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5) Museum-based Photo-elicitation in an Adult English as a Second Language Program: A Visual Ethnography

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6) Multivariate Nonlinear Modeling of Beach-profile Evolution: A Case Study along Pinellas County Coast, Florida

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7) Multidisciplinary Approach to Sustainable Latrine Systems for Displaced Populations in Kibeti: Instituting a Simple Business Model in the Development of Latrine Systems

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8) Coming Home: The Post-deployment Reintegration Process and Health Outcomes in Military Student Veterans and their Children

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