Research Funding Awarded

  • $21.15 million

    Total research dollars awarded in fiscal year 2019

  • 93

    Total number of grants and contracts awarded in fiscal year 2019

2019

The Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice (CERPP) was awarded $878,000 in contracts for their USC College Advising Corps program to be implemented in partner high schools for 2019-20.

The Center for Urban Education (CUE) received a $215,529 grant from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the Instructional and Assessment Model for Equity-Minded Competence.

Estela Bensimon (CUE) received $150,000 each from the College Futures Foundation and ECMC Foundation for a total of $300,000 for the Student Equity Planning Institute: Embedding Equity-Mindedness and Race-Consciousness in Institutional planning. The institutes focused on how equity planning and the process of data inquiry, goal setting, activity building, and funding allocation can work towards mitigating racial equity gaps. Twenty-eight community college teams and over 200 participants attended the institutes.

Adrian Huerta and William G. Tierney (Pullias) received a $300,000 grant from ECMC Foundation to study best practices for recruiting and retaining men of color in colleges and universities.

Sandra Kaplan and Jessica Manzone were awarded a $30,000 grant from the Caplan Foundation to develop an Early Childhood Curriculum.

Margo Pensavalle received $50,000 for the project, “Quality, Equitable, Affordable Teacher Residency Partnerships to Strengthen the Profession,” a multi-university collaboration with Bank Street Prepared to Teach.

Kenneth Yates received $320,000 from the Schmidt Foundation for the project Using Artificial Intelligence to Support Cognitive Task Analysis.

2018

Yasemin Copur-Gencturk and colleagues received a $2,168,584 grant from the National Science Foundation for their project “Usable Measures of Teacher Understanding: Exploring Diagnostic Models and Topic Analysis as Tools for Assessing Proportional Reasoning for Teaching.”

Yasemin Copur-Gencturk and colleagues from Viterbi received a $750,000 award from the National Science Foundation for the project “Immersive Virtual Learning for Worker-Robot Teamwork on Construction Sites.”

Jerry Lucido (CERPP), received $1.2 million in grants from the national College Advising Corps and the Panda Cares Foundation for the USC College Advising Corps program for 2018-19.

Shaun Harper received $960,000 from the Lumina Foundation to support the USC Equity Institutes and the National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates (NACCC)

Shaun Harper received $50,000 from the Ford Foundation to produce and disseminate the report “Black Students at Public Colleges and Universities: A 50 State Report Card.”

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang and colleagues at ICT received $161,822 from Army Research Laboratories to implement biometrics into a Templeton Foundation-funded study to promote adolescents’ intellectual virtue development in urban low-SES contexts.

Tatiana Meguizo (Pullias), along with Co-PIs at Claremont Graduate University and UCLA, received a $100,000 grant from College Futures Foundation to support the Math Pathways Project, a study to understand Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students’ course-taking experiences along their educational pathway from middle school into college, with the end goal to identify promising pathways or interventions that may lead to students’ success in college math.

Julie Posselt (Pullias) and colleagues received a supplemental grant of $72,032 from the National Science Foundation for their project, “Deploying Holistic Admissions and Critical Support Structures to Increase Diversity and Retention of US Citizens in Physics Graduate Programs.” The goal of this supplement is to strengthen current NSF-funded projects related to physics graduate education by creating connections among them that confer mutual benefits.

Morgan Polikoff and Adam Kho (CEPEG) will be working with AchievementNet on an evaluation project funded by the Ballmer Group for $259,215.

Julie Posselt received a $499,947 grant from the National Science Foundation to launch the California Consortium for Inclusive Doctoral Education, a research-practice partnership of graduate schools and faculty at USC, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley, and UC-Davis.

Julie Posselt and co-PIs at Cal Poly Pomona and San Jose State University received a $5,500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to scale up and study Cal-Bridge, a partnership of physics and astronomy departments in California State Universities and University of California institutions, to improve access to doctoral education in these fields for low-income, Black, Latinx, Southeast Asian, and women students.

Gale Sinatra and Co-PIs at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies and the La Brea Tarpits received $1,470,000 from the National Science Foundation for the project “Re-Living Paleontology: Studying How Augmented Reality Immersion and Interaction Impact Engagement and Communicating Science to the Public.”

Morgan Polikoff (CEPEG) and Anna Saaverdra received $65,000 from The International Baccalaureate for their project, “Student Pathways Through Middle School, High School and Into Postsecondary Education: MYP Student Outcomes in a Large US Public School District.”

Julie Marsh (CEPEG) along with colleagues at the National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice (REACH), received $10,000,000 from the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. The Center will be housed at Tulane University.

Erika Patall received $50,000 from the Spencer Foundation for her project, “Development of an Intervention to Promote Agentic Engagement in STEM High School Classrooms.”

Zoë B. Corwin (Pullias) received a $264,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation to study the impact skateboarding has on young people and their educational and career trajectories.

The Math for America program received a $3,000,000 National Science Foundation (NSF)-Noyce Grant for Math for America Los Angeles: Elevating Mathematics and Computer Science Instruction through Teacher Leadership.

Julie Marsh, Patricia Burch, and Morgan Polikoff (CEPEG) received a $100,000 grant from the California Community Foundation. The project is entitled “Educational Equity in L.A.: A Research Agenda in Service to Practice.”

Jerry Lucido received a $100,000 grant from the California Community Foundation/Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund (LASIF) for the USC College Advising Corps program.

Drs. Zoe Corwin and William G. Tierney in the Pullias Center for Higher Education, in a partnership with Get Schooled Foundation, have been awarded a $300,000 grant from ECMC Foundation to address how digital tools can significantly impact service provision during the high stakes transition away from remedial education in the California State University system.

Julie Posselt received a $1.195 million grant from the Mellon Foundation to support the Alliance for Multicampus Inclusive Graduate Admissions (AMIGA) project, a four-year collaboration with UCLA and UC Davis to reform graduate admissions in the humanities and humanistic social science PhD programs.

Yasemin Copur-Gencturk received a NSF CAREER Award for the project, entitled “Development of Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Mathematics Among Beginning Teachers,” for $629,864.

 Zoe Corwin and William Tierney received $300K grant from the ECMC Foundation to develop an online campaign to improve college retention rates at California State University-Dominguez Hills.

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang was awarded the Spencer Foundation Mid-Career Fellowship for 2018-2019 for $150,000 for the project “Integrating insights from social-affective neuroscience into education research and policy on social, emotional and academic development.”

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang and the Brain and Creativity Institute received a grant from the Californians Dedicated to Education (CDE) Foundation for $10,000.

Julie Marsh received the Haynes Faculty Fellowship for the project, “Kaleidoscope of School Options: Differentiating School Missions and Values in Los Angeles” for $12,000.

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang received a conference grant of $49,940 from the NSF to support the 6th biannual conference of the International, Mind, Brain and Education Society, which will be held at USC in September.

Shafiqa Ahmadi received a $29,994 grant from USC’s James H. Zumberge Faculty Research and Innovation Fund Diversity and Inclusion Grant program. Her project is entitled “Understanding Muslim College Student Experiences and Sense of Belonging.”

Yasemin Copur-Gencturk received a grant of approximately $1.4 million from IES for her project “Advancing Middle School Teachers’ Understanding of Proportional Reasoning for Teaching,” which will develop an interactive computer-based professional development program for mathematics teachers.

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang was awarded $30,000 from USC’s James H. Zumberge Faculty Research and Innovation Fund Diversity and Inclusion Grant program. Her project is entitled “Culture-Related Diversity in Adolescent Structural and Network Brain Development.”

David Quinn received a grant of $49,354 from the Spencer Foundation for his project “A Large-Scale Analysis of Educators’ Implicit Racial Biases and their Correlates.”

2017

Shafiqa Ahmadi and Darnell Cole received funding for the “USC Hybrid High School Longitudinal Study,” $500,000.

Shafiqa Ahmadi and Darnell Cole received funding for their project “100 Muslim College Student Experience Project in California,” $50,000.

Estela Bensimon received a grant from the Teagle Foundation and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for “An Instructional and Assessment Model for Equity-Minded Competence,” $750,000.

Adrianna Kezar received a grant from the Teagle Foundation to support two national annual awards for campuses that create best practices in faculty work that support student success. The award, The Delphi Award for Faculty Models to Support College Student Success, is offered in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).

David Quinn received a Zumberge Individual Research Award for “Teachers’ Stereotypes and Implicit Biases: New Measures and Applications in Education,” $30,000.

Jerry Lucido received a $100,000 grant from the California Community Foundation/Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund (LASIF) for the USC College Advising Corps program.

Sandra Kaplan (PI), Pat Gallagher, Eugenia Mora-Flores and Jessica Manzone, in collaboration with Kristin Wright from the California Department of Education Special Education Division, received the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program grant from the US Department of Education for Project Reach EACH through Literacy for $400,350. The project seeks to raise achievement scores in literacy for students within heterogeneous classrooms and to increase the number of gifted learners from underrepresented populations.

Darnell Cole and John Slaughter received a NSF HER Core Research Grant for “African American Workforce Development in Physics and Astronomy: A Workshop,” $99,844.00.

David Quinn received a grant from AERA for “Trends in the Seasonal Dynamics of Test Score Gaps,” $20,000.

Angela “Laila” Hasan and Richard Rasiej, along with faculty from the USC Department of Mathematics were awarded a NSA Mathematics Education Partnership Program (MEPP) Grant for their project “A Train the Trainer Approach to Providing Professional Development in Mathematics to K-5 Teachers,” $50,000.

Frederick Freking received a grant from AAAS to support the 2017 Regional Summit on Stimulating Research and Innovation for Pre-service Education of STEM Teachers in High-Needs Schools, $50,000.

2016

Stephen Aguilar received a grant from the AERA Fellowship Program on the Study of Deeper Learning, from American Educational Research Association & The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for “Masters of their Destinies? Hispanic Students’ Sense of Control in Relation to Post-Secondary Outcomes, a Generalized Structural Equation Modeling Approach,” 2016-2017, $20,000.

Stephen Aguilar received a grant from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) for the Educational Evaluation of Technical Knowledge Acquisition (TechKnAcq) Project, (Co-PI Gully Burns), 2017, $30,000.

Stephen Aguilar and Gale Sinatra received a USC Price School of Public Policy Social Innovation Research Grant for “The Birth of Scientists: Evaluating the Impact of the Living Lab on Urban Students’ STEM Aspirations in City Heights, San Diego,” 2017-2018, $25,000.

Estela Bensimon received a grant from the Teagle Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for “An Instructional and Assessment Model for Equity-Minded Competence,” 2017-2019, totaling $750,000.

Darnell Cole and John Slaughter received a NSF HER Core Research Grant for “African American Workforce Development in Physics and Astronomy: A Workshop,” 2017, $99,844.00.

Zoe Corwin, Bill Tierney & Adrianna Kezar were awarded a grant from Bridging Theory to Practice for “Understanding the University as a Sanctuary,” 2017, $5000.

John Pascarella and Stephen Aguilar received a grant from 2U, Incorporated, for “Assessing the Role of Asynchronous Materials in Supporting Learning,” 2017-2018, $25,000.

Morgan Polikoff received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, for”Never Judge a Book By Its Cover, Use Student Achievement Instead,” Co-Principal Investigator (Principal Investigator Jon Fullerton), 2016-2018, $762,059.

Julie Posselt received a grant from NSF INCLUDES for “A National Network for Access and Inclusion in Physics Graduate Education,” Co-Principal Investigator, 2016-2018, $299,787.

Julie Posselt was awarded a grant from NSF ASPIRE for “Collaborative Research: Active Societal Participation in Research and Education” 2016-2019, $53,392.00.

Brendesha Tynes and Stephen Aguilar received a grant from 2U, Incorporated, for “Using Learning Analytics and Natural Language Processing to Explore the Role of Synchronous Chat in Knowledge Construction During Online Course Sessions,” 2017-2018, $25,000.

Patricia Burch received a grant of $49,990.00 from the Spencer Foundation for her project, “The Role of Tutors in Blended Learning for Disadvantaged Students in India.”