Six proposals were selected through the Office of Research’s recent CPES Fund solicitation, which provides small grants to support faculty in conducting publicly engaged scholarship through meaningful, mutually beneficial community partnerships. The CPES program was introduced by the Office of the Research in fall 2017 and is funded through UW Tacoma's Strategic Initiative Fund (SIF).
Proposals were reviewed by a multi-disciplinary committee of faculty, staff, and students. The Office of Research is grateful to the following Review Committee members for their time and efforts: Dr. Turan Kayaoglu (Chair), Mohamed Ali, Michelle Garner, Linda Ishem, Susan Johnson, Leslie Kinkade, Rebecca Ring, and Rhasean Stephens.
Eyhab Al-Masri, Institute of Technology
Transforming computing education using experiential learning
Professor Al-Masri will work with local industry partners to develop a pilot study designing and integrating hardware prototyping platforms that support experiential learning, thus bridging a crucial gap between classroom learning and the workplace for computer science and engineering students.
Karen Cowgill, SIAS/SAM
Natalie Jolly, SIAS/SHS
A qualitative study to describe pregnancy experiences of African American women in Pierce County
Professors Cowgill and Jolly’s research will generate a rich set of qualitative data about African American women’s lived experiences of pregnancy and childbirth in Pierce County to inform the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department work around racial disparity in infant and maternal mortality.
Vanessa de Veritch Woodside, SIAS/CAC
Rachel Hershberg, SIAS/SHS
Displacement, detention, and integration of immigrants and refugees in the South Sound
Professors de Veritch Woodside and Hershberg will partner with the Tacoma Community House, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest to develop and conduct a study documenting the experiences of immigrants and refugees who are integrating into South Sound communities after being detained at the Northwest Detention Center.
Charles Emlet, Social Work & Criminal Justice
Building an age-friendly Puyallup
Professor Emlet will complete data analysis and develop a three-year action plan in partnership with community stakeholders, the AARP, and an undergraduate research assistant as part his ongoing work with the Puyallup Area Aging in Community Committee.
Matt Tolentino, Institute of Technology
Marcy Stein, School of Education
Smart bookmarks: Using voice-activated devices during book reading to increase access and learning of STEM content for low-income children
Professors Tolentino and Stein will partner with the Franklin Pierce and Bremerton school districts to design and build a prototype for a novel voice-interactive “Smart Bookmark” device that prompts readers to request additional information, provides enhanced content to spark deeper engagement and comprehension, and collects key analytics to support refinement of the tool as well as future research.
Anaid Yerena, Urban Studies
Shaping student perceptions of homelessness: The role of a publicly engaged course
Professor Yerena will collaborate with the Mockingbird Society, a local organization that serves homeless youth, to define a process evaluation to be conducted by students in a Masters of Community Planning course. She will concurrently collect data from students to analyze the impacts of service learning pedagogy on perceptions about homelessness.