Annual Awards

The C4E seed annual grant program funds proposals that enhance new research collaborations on interdisciplinary environmental challenges with the purpose to help stimulate new research collaborations and advance faculty projects to the point where they can attract external funding. In a separate competitive effort C4E also provides up to 8 weeks funding for summer research internships to undergraduate students to work with a C4E faculty affiliate member-mentor on research projects related to the environment. The competition opens in every spring. Please send your inquires to environment@purdue.edu

C4E Faculty Seed Grant Awards (2018)

“Visualizing Environmental Research Projects to Enhance Research Management and Collaboration”
Y. Chen, Assistant Professor of Computer Graphics Technology, PPI
D. Schulze, Professor of Soil Science, Agronomy

“Distribution of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in Indiana Aquatic Ecosystems Implications for Wildlife Health”
J. Hoverman, Associate Professor Vertebrate Ecology, Forestry and Natural Resources
R. W. Flynn, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
L.S. Lee, Head, Ecological Sciences & Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, Affiliate Faculty, Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering, Professor of Agronomy
M Sepulveda, Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources, School of Health Sciences (Adjunct), Civil Engineering (Courtesy)

“Monitoring Water Quality by Teachers and Students in Rural Schools and Communities in Developing Countries”
C. Jafvert, Professor, Lyles School of Civil Engineering, and Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering
J. Howarter, Assistant Professor, Materials Engineering and Environmental & Ecological Engineering
L. Payne, Director Service-Learning, Office of Engagement, and Assistant Professor, Environmental & Ecological Engineering

“A Chemical Mixture Conundrum: Leaching and Toxicological Assessment of Drinking Water in Contact with Crosslinked Polyethylene (PEX) Pipes”
C. Ley; NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering
A. Whelton, Assistant Professor, Lyles School of Civil Engineering and Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering
J. Freeman, Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences

“Microbiome Approaches to Detect Contamination in Water Resources to Safeguard Global Rural Populations”
S. Lindemann, Assistant Professor of Food Science and Nutrition Science
M. Frisbee, Assistant Professor of Hydrogeology and Applied Geology in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

“Sustainable Urban Energy-Water Demand Nexus During Heatwaves and Droughts”
R. Nateghi, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering & Environmental and Ecological Engineering
P. Suresh Rao, Lee A. Reith Chair & Distinguished Professor, School of Civil Engineering & Department of Agronomy & Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Z. Ma, Associate Professor, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

“Mobile Crowd Sensing for Sustainability Challenges: A Behavioral Approach to Inducing User Participation”
D. Yu, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering & Political Science
B.Y. Min, Assistant Professor, Computer and Information Technology, PPI

Summer Undergraduate Student Research Internships (2018)

“Indicators for the Environmental and Ecological Sustainability of the Planet”
M. Galiana, Junior, Industrial Engineering
Faculty Affiliate: R. Nateghi, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Ecological Engineering and Industrial Engineering and I. Hua, Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering

“Data Analysis of Heavy Metal Exposure in East Chicago Residents”
R. O'Connell, Junior, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Health and Human Sciences
Faculty Affiliate: E. Wells, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health

“Robust Allocation of Funds for Nonstructural Flood Risk Mitigation”
Z. Richardson, Senior, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Polytechnic Institute
Faculty Affiliate: D. Johnson, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Political Science

“Assessing Building Drinking Water Chemical and Microbiological Quality in a Home, Office, and School”
Q. Wang, Sophomore, College of Engineering, program selection underway targeting Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Faculty Affiliate: A. Whelton, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering

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