Funding and Awards

IBS-affiliated students have been granted a wide variety of funding and awards for their research, teaching, and service; see a selection of these grants and awards below.

IBS Small Grants Spring 2022

Charleen Gust

I used my IBS small grant to help cover registration and travel costs associated with a conference I attended over the summer – the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) Symposium on the Cannabinoids, held in Galway, Ireland. My poster presentation focused on findings from a recent research project exploring the acute objective and subjective effects of high potency cannabis flower. In addition to gathering feedback on my own research, I attended many interesting symposia, as well as the NIDA Trainee Lunch and Learn Event, which allowed me to network with other early career scholars doing fascinating cannabis- and cannabinoid-related research. I am very grateful to IBS for helping to fund the conference for me.

Michelle Benedum

I used IBS funds to partly support my travel to Maui, Hawai’i for fieldwork in the Kipahulu community. I participated in ‘opihi surveys alongside The Nature Conservancy and Kipahulu Ohana.

People on rocky Hawaiian coast
Picture credit: Alana Yurkanin and Emily Fielding with The Nature Conservancy.

Elizabeth Weltman

I used the grant to partly fund interview incentives and audio recording equipment!

Awards, 2020 - 2021

Bertha Alicia Bermúdez Tapia

  • 2021 Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Graduate School, University of Colorado, Boulder. $13,000
    This fellowship is intended to provide outstanding Ph.D. candidates with financial support to assist in the process of completing their doctoral dissertations.
  • 2021 Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant, Graduate School, University of Colorado, Boulder. $1,000
    Support the research, scholarship, and creative work of graduate students from all departments.
  • 2021 Ralph and Barbara Dakin Award. Sociology Department, University of Colorado, Boulder. $1,000
    For a graduate student doing “outstanding scholarship that contributes to peace, inter-cultural understanding, resolution of conflict, or amelioration of important social problems.”
  • 2021 Interdisciplinary Group Outreach Award, A Collaborative Project at the Texas-Tamaulipas Border. Office for Outreach and Engagement, University of Colorado, Boulder. $24,000
    The CU Boulder Outreach Awards fund faculty-led outreach and engagement work that connects research, teaching and creative work with public needs and interests.

Kim-Phuong Truong-Vu

  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, The Graduate School, ($13,165) The Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship is intended to provide outstanding Ph.D. candidates with financial support to assist in the process of completing their doctoral dissertations. The         
  • Ralph and Barbara Dakin Award, Department of Sociology, ($1,000) This cash award was made possible by an endowed gift to the Department by Ralph Dakin (who received his Ph.D. from this Department in 1958) and his spouse. The purpose of the award is to recognize “outstanding scholarship that contributes to peace, inter-cultural understanding, resolution of conflict, or amelioration of important social problems.” The Award is made by the faculty of the Department of Sociology.
  • Small Grant Award, Institute of Behavioral Science, ($1,000) Small research grant from the IBS Training Program that priorities (1) creative ideas to continue research progress during the on-going pandemic, and (2) research that furthers IBS mission of increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Race/Ethnic Inequalities Research Award, Department of Sociology, ($2,000) This departmental award supports graduate students of color as well as graduate student research on race/ethnicity. 

Jocelyn West

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), 2021-2024
    This fellowship recognizes and supports early-career graduate students, providing three full years of funding for independent graduate research. Jocelyn is using this award to continue research on the social dimensions of landslide hazards in Puerto Rico to support equitable emergency planning and disaster response. 
  • IBS Summer Research Award 2021
    Jocelyn used this research award to conduct a meta review of literature on the practice of reciprocity by researchers in the hazards and disaster field, which is supporting the development of a CONVERGE Training Module on the topic.

Awards, 2019 - 2020

Michelle Benedum

  • Student Research Award, 2019, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder
    This $300 award allowed Michelle to travel to Bonn, Germany to present a paper at the “Governing and managing forests for multiple ecosystem services across the globe” conference.

Hillary Steinberg

  • Presidential Diversity Award, 2019, The United Government of Graduate Students, University of Colorado Boulder
    Hillary received honorable mention.

Kim-Phuong Truong-Vu

  • CARTSS Graduate Fellowship, 2018 Center to Advance Research and Training in the Social Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
    This $1,000 fellowship supported Kim’s dissertation project on the parental health decisions regarding the HPV vaccine. With this funding, Kim was able to travel to California to interview Southeast Asian American parents.

Melissa Villarreal

  • CARTSS Graduate Fellowship, 2018 Center to Advance Research and Training in the Social Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
    This $1,000 fellowship supported Melissa’s fieldwork on the long-term housing recovery of Mexican-origin immigrants after Hurricane Harvey.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF), 2019-2024
    This fellowship recognizes and supports early-career graduate students. Melissa is using this fellowship to continue her work in Houston on the housing recovery of Mexican immigrants over the next few years for her dissertation.