Internal Funding Opportunities Montana Tech

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Internal Funding Opportunities

Several internal funding opportunities are available for faculty with the Seed Grants for new faculty and the Faculty Development Initiative. These competitive opportunities are offered in the spring.

Seed Grants for New Faculty

2022 Call For Proposals Research Seed Grants FOR NEW FACULTY will be issued March 2022.

The Seed Grants for New Faculty program is a competitive funding opportunity available each spring semester for tenure-track or MBMG faculty in their first or second year of employment at Montana Tech.

The purpose of the program is to “stimulate research and scholarly activity among new additions to the Montana Tech faculty by providing all new faculty the opportunity to compete for seed-money grants to help them embark on a program of research and/or scholarly activity at Montana Tech.” These one-time, $7,000 awards are considered a “starter” and are expected to lead to active research projects, grant proposals, publications, and/or products of research. Proposals are typically due in March.

Seed-grant proposals are reviewed by the Research Seed Grant Committee with members from each of the Colleges at MTech.

Name Department Details

Gavillott, Yann


Paleoseismic Investigation of the Bitterroot fault to Improve Seismic Hazards Assessments of the Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys, western Montana

Huft, Nathan

Mechanical Engineering

Cold wire gas metal arc welding for additive manufacturing, cladding, and joining

Name Department Details

Irons, Trevor

Geophysical Engineering

Next generating batteries for geophysical and remote sensing applications

Name Department Details

Atkinson, Dawn

Corbitt, Stacey


Create & Investigate the development of an open textbook for a co-requisite pairing of Writing Fundamentals and Introduction to  Technical Writing

Gilkey, David


EHAC survey analysis

Gotkowitz, Madeline


Groundwater recharge estimates informed by stable isotopes of water

Oppong Anane, Akua

Freshman Engineering

Tabletop university game to increase freshman engineering student engagement at Montana Tech

Staple, Ryan

Biological Science

Blood storage lesion

Name Department Details

Curtiss, Phillip

Computer Science

Fusing Data Sets from the VAO using a modified 2D DWT for viewing in the NASA FITS Liberator

Graff, Joel

Biological Sciences

Identifying and prioritize novel mycobacteriophage proteins that warrant further investigation in the laboratory

Jiang, Daqian

Environmental Engineering

Bio-Electrochemically Induced Degradation of 8:2-fluorotelometer alcohol: Feasibility and Mechanisms

Lucon, Peter

Mechanical Engineering

Acquire instrumentation, build proof of concept devices, and generate initial data for NSF, DARPA, DOE and NSF MRI

Prieto, Dario

Mechanical Engineering

In-operando study of mining byproducts as catalysts for natural gas upgrading

Thomson, Connie


Determining surface water influences on groundwater near the Montana Resources process water pond

Name Department Details

Birkenbuell, Lorrie


Assessing Particulate Matter Wall Loss with Conductive vs. Non-Conductive Cassettes used for Airborne Mineral Dust Sampling

Shrestha, Kishor

Civil Engineering

The Performance-Based Contracting for Road Maintenance Activities

Yakovlev, Petr


Constraining Cenozoic Extension in the Swan Range using Low-Temperature Thermochronometry and Cosmogenic Radionuclide Dating.

Zodrow, Katherine

Enviro Engineering

Living Microfiltration Membranes:  From Biomimetic to Biological

Name Department Details

Autenrieth, Dan


An Intervention Study to Improve Hearing Protector Use in the the Montana Logging Industry: A Point-Source Approach

Cox, Alysia


Merging Microbial Activity with Geochemistry in Hydrothermal Ecosystems

Korzeb, Stanley


Lead Isotope Study of the Boulder Batholith Mineral Deposits and Volcanic Host Rocks, Southwestern Montana

Pal, Robert


Biogeographic Research on Exotic Plant Invasion

Wang, Lei

General Engineering

Reliability-Based Design Framework for Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Structures

Yang, Xufei

Environmental Engineering

Characterization of Fog Samples at and Downwind from the Berkeley Pit

Name Department Details

English, Alan


Using Stable Isotopes, Major Ions, and Trace Elements to Evaluate Recharge Areas and Flow Paths for Cold-Water Springs and Geothermal Springs Adjacent to Yellowstone National Park

Miah, Khalid

Geophysical Engineering

Ice Energy - a Renewable and Sustainable Energy Source to be Harnessed in Terrestrial and Space Environments

Nagisetty, Raja

Environmental Engineering

Application of QUAL2Kw Model to Estimate In-stream Dissolved Oxygen Response to Different Nutrient Load Scenarios for Upper Silver Bow Creek, Montana

Pramanik, Brahmananda

General Engineering

High-Strain Rate Mechanical Characterization of Engineering Materials Via Developing Split-Hopkinson Pressure Bar Test Facility in Montana

Rosenthal, Scott

Mining Engineering

Investigation of Current Underground Mine Industry for Safe Design of Mobile Equipment Entries, Adits, Drifts and Haulageways

Sorenson, Karen


The Rhetorical Construction of Extraterrestrial Life and the Paranormal

Name Department Details

Bayat, Jahan

General Engineering

Modeling the Mechanical Properties of Biological Cells and their Connectors

Capoccia, Stella


Territory, Dispersal, and Population Estimates of the Urban Pidgeon in Uptown Butte, Montana

Hawthorne, Nick


Interactive Glassware Application Development for Google Glass

Hill, Bryce

Electrical Engineering

Acoustic Feedback for Object Tracking

Mosolf, Jesse


Deciphering the Helena Volcanic Fields and Eruptive and Techtonic History Using Modern Analytical Techniques

Name Department Details

Crowley, Jack


Mobile Field GIS Deployment for Seamless Data Integration with the Ground Water Information Center: Potential Efficiencies as Compared to Traditional Paper-based Manual Data-entry Data-processing Models

Scarberry, Caleb


Stratigraphy of the Eocene Lowland Creek Volcano Field, Southwestern Montana

Skinner, Jack

General Engineering

An Investment in Emerging Nanotechnology at Montana Tech

Yan, Qi

General Engineering

Reliability of Bluetooth Travel Time Data

Name Department Details

Al-Rawashdeh, Waleed

Mathematical Sciences

Weighted Composition Operators Between Weighted Bergman and SP  Spaces

Revenaugh, Lance

Business & IT

The Role of ERP in Strategy Alignment: Examining the world’s largest ERP implementation

Vertanen, Keith

Computer Science

Prototype Recognizer for Dwell free Eye Typing

Name Department Details

Getty, John

Petroleum Engineering

Developing standardized methodologies, quantifying instrument accuracy and designing an instrument calibration protocol for use in measuring static gel strength in oil well cements

Shyba, Lori

Professional and Technical Communication

Book, Pathmaze: Travel, Technology and Our Changing Times

Hailer, Katie


Determining the role the putative lactam utilization protein ybgL plays in the recognition and repair of the exidized guanine lesion spiroiminodihydantoin in hexavalent chromium treated E. coli

Shaw, Glenn

Geological Engineering

Monitoring the Response of Groundwater Recharge to Climatic Variation in the Headwaters of the Boulder River, Montana

Name Department Details

Danielson, Chris

Liberal Studies

Moral Panics, Popular Culture, and the Mobilization of the New Right

Klem, Michael

Chemistry & Geochemistry

Synthesis and Hyperthermic Study of Magnetic Nano-Materials for Potential Anti-Cancer Applications

Shearer, Heather

Professional and Technical Communications

Organizational Communication in the 'Promised Land': How texts mediated the life cycle of Peoples Temple Agriculture

Smith, Larry

Geological Engineering

Preliminary Age-dating of Glacial Lake Missoula Sediments with the Use of the Optically Stimulated Luminescence

Sudhakar, K.V.

Metallurgical & Materials Engineering

Characterization and Comparison of Beta-Tiatanium (B-Ti) Alloys for Biomedical Applications

Name Department Details

Elliott, Colleen


Purchase and Implementation of Digital Field Mapping Technology

Kukay, Brian

General Engineering

Proof Loading, a Non-Destructive Approach to Post-Fire Assessments

Meredith, Elizabeth


Methanogen Nutrient Assessment of Montana Coal Aquifers

Risser, Scott

Liberal Studies

Tangled Web: An Investigation of Online Interactions

Smith Risser, Hilary


Technology Counts: An examination of the uses of technology in the teaching of K-12 mathematics

Name Department Details

Ackerman, Frank

Computer Science

An Investigation into the use of scriptable commercial computer games in teaching Computer Science and Software Engineering

Battle, Laurie


Stochastic Simulation Modeling of Native-Nonnative Trout Interactions

Cox, Lief

Geophysical Engineering

Finite element modeling and visualization software to design and interpret 3D electrical and electromagnetic surveys

Van Dyne, Michele

Computer Science

Intelligent Multi-Agent Research Lab

Name Department Details

Downey, Jerome


Control of PIC Emissions During Fluid-Bed Combustion of Tire-Derived Fuel

Good, William


Life History and Stadia Form of the Mayfly, Ephemerella inermis Eaton

Jaansalu, Kevin


Thermodynamic Property Measurement of Metastable Forms of Metallic Elements

Kasinath, Rajendra

Environmental Engineering

Collodial Apatite nanoparticles with active luminescent and magnetic properties for biotechnology applications

Pedulla, Marisa


Mycobacteriophage characterization: morphological, genomic, and protein profiling of viruses isolated by Montana students.

Name Department Details

Alvarado, Arlene


Is mate choice in wild deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) affected by infection of the male by Sin Nombre virus (SNV)?

Icopini, Gary


Enhancing in situ Biodegradation of Organic Contaminates

McGrath, Steve


Recovery of Copper and Zinc from AMD Treatment Sludges

Tucci, Nicholas


Microbial Characterization of Iron-, Manganese-, and Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria in the Orphan Boy Mine Shaft, Butte, MT

Zhou, Xiaobing

Geophysical Engineering

Retrieval of Soil Moisture from Space-borne Radar Backscattering Data in Montana

Name Department Details

North-Abbott, Mary

Petroleum Engineering

Development of the Coalbed Methane (CBM) Petroleum Engineering Research Program at Montana Tech

Name Department Details

Apple, Martha


Instrumentation for Field Measurements of Leaf Physiology

Hamon, Matt

Professional and Technical Communication

Enduring Legacy:  A Portrait of the Basques

Heath, Leo

Petroleum Engineering

Small Diameter Tubing Design for Wellbore Gas-Water Unloading

Name Department Details

Bardsley, Sally

Safety, Health & Industrial Hygiene

An Evaluation of the Physiological Effects of Cooling Vests Worn Under Impermeable Clothing During Moderate Work

Conrad, Paul

Mining Engineering

Investigation of the Potential for Metals Leaching from Coal Ash Disposed in Reclaimed Surface Mines

Kuenzi, Amy

Biological Sciences

Baseline Studies of Bat Communities in Southwestern Montana

Parker, Steve


A Study of the Carbon and Oxygen Stable Isotope Fractionation Patterns During Diel Cycling in the Clark Fork River, Montana

Shirk, Henrietta

Professional and Technical Communication

Proposal to Support the Development of a Usability Testing Lab in the Professional and Technical Communication Department

Name Department Details

Carstarphen, Camela


Conserving and Protecting Montana's Ground Water by Creating K-12 Educational Opportunities for Teachers and Students

Kennelly, Patrick


First Steps Incorporating Geographic Information System (GIS) Technology into Montana's K-12 Earth Science Education Program

Kerschen, Mike


Determine the source of CO2 in the flooded underground mines and Berkeley pit Using 13/C/12C

McIntosh, Allison


Collaboration Between Montana Tech Nursing Department and the Belmont Senior Citizens' Center

Rose, James


Age-Dating Groundwater Recharge in Springs Near Yellowstone Park

Name Department Details

Carstarphen, Camela


Conserving and Protecting Montana's Ground Water by Creating K-12 Educational Opportunities for Teachers and Students

Donovan, Rick

General Engineering

Rocky Mountain Agile Virtual Enterprises

Jensen, Roger


Signal-word Panel Formats for Workplace Safety Signs

Kennelly, Patrick


First Steps Incorporating Geographic Information System (GIS) Technology into Montana's K-12 Earth Science Education Program

Praetorius, Pete


Technical Communications in the Northern Rocky Mountains

Name Department Details

McNearny, Rich

Mining Engineering

Enhancement of InSAR Imaging Resolution

Olson, John


Using Single Well Tracer Tests to Determine Site Specific Aquifer Hydraulic Conductivity: A New Method to Evaluate Septic Drainfield Impacts

Name Department Details Award

Cross, Carl


Development of a Weldability Testing Facility at Montana Tech


Hanson, Klark


Implementation and Evaluation of Methods for the Rapid and Efficient Speciation of Metals in Sediments


Hobbs, David


Chemical Speciation and Molecular Modeling of Aqueous Metal Complexes


Name Department Details

English, Alan


Source-Rock Determination Using Lead and Strontium Isotope Ratios

Jarvis, James


High Sensitivity Application of Full-scan Gas Chriomatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) Screening Technique for Organic Contaminates near Lewistown, MT

Rutland, John

Business and Information Technology

Task Relevant Ability and Group Performance

Stierle, Andrea


Investigation of the Production of Bioactive Metabolites from the Yew-Associated Penicillium sp.

Name Department Details

Gammons, Chris

Geological Engineering

Hydrothermal Workstation

Keller, Barbara


An Evaluation of Lead and Strontium Isotope Ratios as a Technique for Fingerprinting Southwest Montana Watersheds

Ziaja, Malgorzata

Petroleum Engineering

Application of an Experimental Technique for Measuring the Reactive Forces at the Bi-Center PDC Bit

Faculty Development Initiative

The Montana Tech Faculty Development Initiative is an occasional funding opportunity established to enable and accelerate research and creative scholarship by growing the number of research-engaged instructional faculty and their research/creative productivity.

Tenured and tenure-track academic/teaching faculty (including Highlands College) are eligible. These six-month grants provide up to $7,000 each. Funding may be used for summer salary, adjunct course coverage, materials, supplies, equipment, and travel clearly related to enabling and accelerating research and creative scholarship by the applicant.  Proposals are typically due in November, in the years the opportunities are open.

The Faculty Development Initiative proposals are reviewed by the Dean’s Council, chaired by the Provost.

2017 - 2018
2017 Department Proposal Title for 2017 Report out in Spring 2018
Autenreith, Dan OSH A Pilot Study Examining the Effect of Head Protection Weight on Muscle Loading in the Cervical Spine.
Graff, Joel Bio Increasing the Amount of Internet Content Used in Biology Course
Hailer, Katie Chem Metal Accumulations & Genetic Changes in a Human Population in an Open-Pit Mining Community
Khalil, Mohamed Geophysical A Static Shift Correction for 2-D Resistivity Data Through Frequency Domain Electromagnetic Data
Koontz, Brian CS Identifying & Developing User Interfaces to Efficiently Present High-Volume Real-time Data in the Electric Power Industry
Pramanik, Brahma Mech/Gen Eng Developing an Efficient Model-Experiment Strategy for Predicting the Ability of Composite Material in Impact Energy Absorption
Richards, Lee Pet Eng. Treatment of Produced Water Utilizing Flare Gas
Stewart, Jerry Highlands Construction of Simulation Boards for the Automotive Technology Program
Yang, Xufei Env Eng. Characterization of Carbonaceous Aerosols Emission from Wood Stoves.
2016 - 2017
2016 Department Proposal Title for 2016 Report out in Spring 2017
Campos, Isabel LibStudies The Sputnik & Fizzle Publishing Series.
Cox, Alysia Chem Unraveling the Mudpot Mystique
Elakovich, Denise Highlands Merging Psychology Concepts with Math Tereby Increasing Students' Retention and Math Success
Hoffman, Todd Pet Eng An Improved History Matching Methodology
Lovell, Elyse Highlands Merging Psychology Concepts with Math Tereby Increasing Students' Retention and Math Success
Roos, Chris Min Eng Evaluating the Variability in Estimates of Loading Productivity
Smith, Larry GeoEng Optically stimulated Luminescence Dating of Pleistocene & Holocene Lakes, Montana & California: Towards Climate Histories.
Stack, Theresa SHIH Standing Up on the Job for Improved Health
Wang, Lei GenEng Robust design Methodologies for Geotechnical Design of Geothermal Foundation
Webb, Michael Chem Study of Small Molecule Therapeutics for the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease
Wesenberg-Ward, Karen Chem Incorporation of Aronia Berry Extract into an Edible Film to control Oral Multispecies Biofilm Formation.
2015 - 2016
2015 Department Proposal Title for 2015 Report out in Spring 2016
Amtmann, John SHIH Effects of Swim Strokes in Labor-Wear with and Without a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) over 25 Yards
Apple, Martha BioSci Glacier National Park Snowfield Plants Project Completion and Developing a Grant Proposal on the Interactions of Treeline Dynamics with Snowpack and Snowmelt Hydrology
Capoccia, Stella Bio Sci Manuscript Completion: Biodiversity of Amphibians, Flying Icon: Feral Pigeons and their Human Ecology & The Conceptualized Environmentalist; Perceptions. Grant Proposal to Study the Sustainability of Backyard Chickens.
Gammons, Chris GeoEng Exploring New methods to Remove Nitrogenous Compounds from Mine Wastewater
Hill, Bryce ElecEng Mining Telecommunications Network
Kuenzi, Amy BioSci Climate Change and Ecological Processes Determining Sin Nombre Virus Activity in Montana
Kukay, Brian GenEng Predicting the Wood Density and Flexural Properties of Pine-Beetle Infested Pinus Contorta (Pine Beetle Kill) in South-West Montana
Miah GeoEng Design, Build and Test a Versatile Fiber-optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) System for the use in Seismic Applications
Mitra, Atish MathSci Cohomological Asymptotic Dimension
Nagisetty EnvEng Assessing the Effectiveness of Riverine Wetland in Processing the Nutrients for Blacktail Creek in Butte, MT
Shaw, Glenn GeoEng Identifying Source Waters to the Boulder River, MT: Installation of Soil Monitoring Equipment
Sorenson, Karen PTC Manuscript Completion: Cosmos and the Rhetoric of Popular Science
Southergill, Glen PTC Serious Game Strategic Communications