Spring 2022 PIF Report

Spring 2022 PIF Report

Updated 3:00 p.m. April 18, 2022

On Jan. 13, the Office of the Provost solicited proposals from faculty and staff that were innovative, aspirational, aligned with the University's strategic plan, and the following institutional priorities:

  • Increasing students' success, including graduation and retention rates, especially for groups underrepresented within the relevant disciplines.
  • Promoting growth and opportunities to generate new revenue for the institution.
  • Expanding student experiential learning.
  • Enhancing research capacity.
  • Promoting diversity and inclusion.

We received 92 great proposals for a total of approximately $13.43M in funds. The proposals were evaluated by peer review committees consisting of diverse faculty and staff. The following proposals are approved for funding based on the recommendations of the committees and in alignment with our institutional strategic and funding priorities.

Proposal Title Unit Name Applicant/Team Leader/PI Team Members Approved Amount
Online Interpreting Certificate Spanish and Portuguese, College of Humanities Sonia Colina Holly Silvestri & Paul Gatto $50,000
Business Affairs as a Proving Ground for Institutional Administrative Excellence Office of Budget and Planning Garth Perry   $158,000
Experimental Engineering Heat Transfer (EEHT) Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering Daniel Diaz Ordonez David Hahn $198,138
Automation of Steward Observatory's Small Telescopes for Research & Education Astronomy, College of Science David Sand

Phil Daly, Samuel Wyatt, Chris Johnson & Greg Stafford


Rising to the Top: The Pilot Research Leadership Institute RII Research Institute Kim Patten Scott Pryor $170,000
Hybrid Collaborative Classroom: Training and Workstations Mathematics, College of Science Melissa Hosten Rodrigo J. Gutierrez, Michael Perkins, Harriet Monroe, Zaira Sweeney, Corey Ramirez & Alina Coronado $27,000
A Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience in Women’s Health Health Promotion Sciences, College of Public Health Purnima Madhivanan John Ehiri, Karl Krupp, Martha Moore-Monroy & Cecilia Rosales $183,816
Field Science Via Virtual and Augmented Realities Environmental Science, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Jacqueline Maximillian Scott Cowell & Bryan Carter $187,248
Embodying Hispanic- and Native-Servingness through Local Partnerships: Strengthening UArizona’s Investment to the Sunnyside Unified School District Educational Policy Studies & Practice, College of Education Karina Salazar

Felisia Tagaban Gaskin, Nadia Rodriguez & Valerie Shirley


      TOTAL $1,069,097


Additional funding was provided from the Federal CARES Act allocation set aside for Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), for the proposals below:

proposal title unit name applicant/team leader/pi team members approved amount
Expanding Leadership Opportunities and Retention Outcomes for Men of Color Student Engagement & Career Development Krista Millay Jessica Hill, Amanda Parkman, Sam Cox & Alexus Austin $174,500
Expanding a Successful International Cross-border Hearing Health Project Speech Language & Hearing Sciences, College of Science David Velenovsky Linda Norrix, Jacy Farkas & Burris Duncan $88,444
A Student's Journey Center for Toxicology, R Ken Coit College of Pharmacy Benjamin Richmond Paloma Beamer & Alex Benavides $198,704
Latinx UArizona Recruitment: Juntos 4-H Program Launch Cooperative Extension Jeremy Elliott-Engel Eva Romero, Luis Aguilar Chavez & Kalee Hunter $100,000
      TOTAL $561,648

Our sincere gratitude to Marla Franco, assistant vice provost, Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives, and to the committee members who reviewed the proposals, and provided their expertise and insights into this important process, and provided constructive feedback to the applicants.

Afrooz Jalilzadeh, Assistant Professor, Systems and Industrial Engineering
Anastasiya Pocheptsova Ghosh, Associate Professor, Marketing
Barbara Vandervelde, Manager, Faculty Support, College of Law
Brenda Lee Anderson, Senior Coordinator, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Carson Adam Richardson, Senior Research Scientist, Arizona Geological Survey
Courtney Coffey, Associate, Research Development, RII
Chloe Alexandra Loos, Program Coordinator, Global Curriculum, Arizona Global
Cheryl Neal, Instructional Technologist, Office of Digital Learning
Erin Deely, Director, Science Administration
Eileen Seegmiller, Senior Business Analyst, UITS
Fanisia Bundage, Academic Advisor, Nutritional Sciences
Hayriye Kayi-Aydar, Associate Professor, English
Harriet Monroe, Coordinator, Grants-Contracts, Department of Mathematics
Jill Hewins, Project Manager, Arizona Online
Jessica Tualla, Associate Director HR, COM Phoenix
Keva Williams, Senior Specialist, Systems Operations, Admission and New Student Enrollment
Linda Lee Scheu, Senior Associate Director, Assessment, Housing & Residential Life
Lori Ann Mcallester Schultz, Assistant Vice President, Research Intelligence, RII
Shujuan Li, Associate In Extension, Public Health Integrated Pest Management, Department of Entomology
Lysette Monet Davi, Director, Honors Online and Experiential Learning, Honors College
Maia Ingram, Program Director, Community Based Evaluation Projects, Health Promotion Sciences
Marianna Martinez, Lead Human Resources Generalist,
Nancy Casanova, Assistant Research Professor, Medicine
Nina Halvax, Technical Writer, Family & Community Medicine
Yvonne Holguin, Engineer, Steward Observatory


Demographic Data of the Funded Applicants

PIF Spring 2022 Gender Graph

PIF Spring 2022 Ethnicity Graph


PIF Spring 2022 Status Graph


Nina Bates
Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives