ACU Internal Faculty Grants
ACU offers a number of internal grant opportunities to faculty who are involved with scholarly research or creative work. See below for details and specific requirements on these grant opportunities.
Aging Studies Grants
Aging Studies grants awarded through the Pruett Gerontology Center are designed to increase the number of undergraduate students working with faculty in research projects that focus on the study of aging. Funding is available to all disciplines and may be used to conduct research or creative endeavors involving the older population of at least 65 years of age.
Cullen Grants are designed to provide summer support for faculty to pursue scholarly research or creative activity. Eligible faculty include all full-time faculty except for those in the Physical Sciences and Mathematics.
Math-Science Grants are designed to provide summer support for faculty to pursue scholarly research or creative activity. Eligible faculty include all full-time faculty in the Physical Sciences and Mathematics.
The purpose of the competitive Pursuit Grants program is to provide funding to support student and faculty research, and to promote research presentation and publication. Full-time, tenure-track faculty may apply for funding to conduct research or creative endeavors.
Undergraduate Research Summer Student Stipend Grants
The purpose of this grant is to encourage participation of undergraduate students in faculty-mentored summer research projects. Any faculty member may apply for up to $1,500 to support a student research assistant.
New in Reasearch
Dr. Ryan Jessup, Assistant Professor of Marketing
Dr. Jessup is interested in decisions. What causes people to choose poorly? How do learning and contextual factors influence choice? In seeking to answer these questions, his research uses psychological models of motivation to distill the computational properties of decision making. Computational modeling enhances research by requiring precision in theory formulation and constraining predictions.
One of Dr. Jessup’s primary streams of research concerns the behavioral differences between decisions when options are completely described vs. decisions when options must be learned about via experience. Prior research found that individuals choose quite differently between the two paradigms but the reasons underlying the difference are poorly understood. One of Dr. Jessup’s studies demonstrated that the reception of feedback overwhelms descriptive information, driving the behavioral differences between paradigms. This work has led him and his colleagues (including Dr. John Homer and undergraduate researcher Allison Phillips) to build a new model that merges sophisticated decision making mechanisms with reinforcement learning in order to successfully predict behavior in both paradigms better than existing models. Dr. Jessup has previously received Cullen awards for this work and is currently seeking external funding to continue this fascinating line of research.