Faculty win eight small grants from Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Friday, June 27, 2014
Faculty win eight small grants from Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Assistant Professor of Cinema Johnny Symons (holding boom microphone) films a scene for his documentary, titled Out Run.

SF State’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs recently awarded eight grants to faculty members in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts, funding research and arts projects pursuing Russian foreign policy, a documentary on traumatic brain injuries suffered by soldiers, a documentary on LGBT activists running for political office in conservative countries, visionary theorist and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller, writing skills and more.

Each one-year grant is between $15,000 and $25,000. The office awarded 23 small grants.

The office’s Small Grants Program fosters the professional development of investigators and creative artists by supporting original projects that contribute significantly to the professional achievement and growth of applicants.


  • Veteran Documentary Corps: Traumatic Brain Injury documentary: Michael Behrens, Cinema
  • The G-Spot: Gentrification, Transformation and Queer San Francisco: Nan Alamilla Boyd, Women and Gender Studies
  • Speaking of Bucky: New Perspectives on R. Buckminster Fuller through Oral History: Hsiao-Yun Chu, Design and Industry
  • EMPIRE (Eternal Return to the Land of Ghosts) photographic project: Lewis deSoto, Art
  • Using Everything I’ve Learned: Writing Transfer, Agency and Growth in College and Beyond: Tara Lockhart, English Language and Literature
  • Out Run documentary: Johnny Symons, Cinema
  • The Discourse of Civilization in Russia’s Foreign Policy: Andrei Tsygankov, International Relations
  • Clinical and Biomedical Perspectives on the Paleopathology of Bone Formation: Cynthia Wilczak, Anthropology


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