Fellowships and Grants

External Awards

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture Competitive Educational Support Program Award. 2015. ($1,000). Awarded to help support production of ‘Body of Water’, an interdisciplinary biology and dance performance, developed with collaborator Jane Hawley, and performed at Luther College, March 5-7, 2015, Decorah, IA.

Body of Water Fundraising Campaign. 2015. ($4,600). Secured internal and external support for ‘Body of Water’ production, an interdisciplinary biology and dance performance, developed with collaborator Jane Hawley, and performed at Luther College, March 5-7, 2015, Decorah, IA. Donors included: Luther College Center for Ethics and Public Life, Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities, Winneshiek County Soil and Water Conservation District, Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Association, City of Decorah, Decorah Bank and Trust, and private donors.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 2012-2016. ($1,500,000). A four-year grant to develop elementary and secondary science teachers who are both effective instructors and engaged leaders in science education. (Member of the core group of science and education faculty that developed this grant proposal).

Iowa Watershed Improvement Review Board Grant, contributor. 2013-2015. ($99,750). Grant awarded to the Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Association. Two years of monitoring data and analysis by our lab played a key role in the success of this grant aimed to reduce bacteria levels in Dry Run Creek. Grant award includes funds for continued monitoring efforts by our laboratory for two years ($8,000).

American Society for Microbiology Student Travel Grant. (with student Laura Swanson). 2012. ($500). Competitive award to support travel to the ASM General Meeting to present poster ‘Calcium-regulated gene expression in V. parahaemolyticus’.

Iowa College Foundation/McElroy Student Research Award. (with student Erin Voelschow). 2011-2012. ($2,000). Characterization of calcium-regulated genes in bacteria. 

Iowa State Extension Water Monitoring Contract. 2011. ($4,000). Water quality monitoring in the Dry Run Creek Watershed using bacterial, chemical, and benthic macroinvertebrate analyses. 

Iowa College Foundation/McElroy Student Research Award. (with student Heather Nelson). 2010-2011. ($2,000). Investigating how bacteria sense and respond to calcium. 

University of Iowa FUTURE in Biomedicine Fellowship. 2009. ($16,000). Calcium-regulated gene expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Awarded to support residence and research activities by myself and a Luther student (Aimee Villard) at the University of Iowa. 

Iowa College Foundation/McElroy Student Research Award. (with student Jennifer Lambrecht). 2007-2008. ($2,000). Characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus Genes Involved in Calcium Regulation 

American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (submitted with student Jennifer Lambrecht). 2006. ($3,000): Identification of Vibrio parahaemolyticus Genes Involved in Calcium Sensing and Response 

Iowa College Foundation/McElroy Student Research Award. (with student Michael Marquardt). 2006-2007. ($1,500). Characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus Colony Biofilms Using Confocal Microscopy

National Institute of Health (NIH) AREA Grant. 2002-2007. ($135,543): Investigation of the role of calcium in bacteria.

Iowa College Foundation/McElroy Student Research Award. (with student Jaqueline Allen). 2003-2004. ($1,700). Characterization of calcium-regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (submitted with student Jacqueline Allen). 2003. ($3,400): Identification of calcium-regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) award. 2001-2004. ($256,813): Acquisition of a scanning laser confocal microscope for research and education in biology and biochemistry at Luther College.

NSF Starter Grant. 2001-2003. ($35,000): Investigating the role of calcium in bacterial cellular and metabolic processes using Vibrio parahaemolyticus as a model system.

George I. Alden Trust. 2001. ($70,000): Acquisition of scientific equipment for education and research at Luther College.

Iowa College Foundation/McElroy Student Research Award (with student, Melissa Christopherson). 2002-2003. ($1,750). Investigation of the role of calcium in bacteria.

Iowa College Foundation/McElroy Student Research Award (with student, Brian Howe). 2001-2002. ($2,000). Investigating cell organization in bacteria using electron microscopy.

National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biosciences Related to the Environment . 1999-2000. ($80,000)

Pfizer Fellowship in Bacterial Physiology (1996-1998)

National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship (1993-1996) 

Internal Funding Awards

Summer Faculty/Student Collaborative Research Grant. 2012. ($3,750) (with student Melene Thompson): Investigating CalR-regulated gene expression under varying calcium and iron conditions. 

Summer Faculty/Student Collaborative Research Grant. 2011. ($3,750) (with student Erin Voelschow): Investigation of calcium-regulated and CalR-regulated gene expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

Summer Faculty/Student Collaborative Research Grant. 2010. ($3,750) (with student Sharon Heyer): Investigating the water quality of the Dry Run Creek watershed: what do the microbes and benthic macroinvertebrates tell us?

Summer Faculty/Student Collaborative Research Grant. 2007. ($3,500) (with student Michael Marquardt): Examination of secreted proteins in Vibrio parahaemolyticus     

Summer Faculty/Student Collaborative Research Grant. 2004. ($3,500) (with student Adam Roos): Identification of Vibrio parahaemolyticus genes whose expression is altered under varying calcium conditions.

Summer Faculty/Student Collaborative Research Grant. 2003. ($3,500) (with student Nicholas Kelly): Characterization of defects in polysaccharide production.

Summer Faculty/Student Collaborative Research Grant. 2002. ($3,500) (with student Carrie Keenan): Isolation and characterization of mutants having altered calcium regulation.

Student Research Grant. 2001. ($400) (Jessica Sime): Isolation of Salmonella typhimurium mutants that are sensitive to altered external calcium levels.