ARIS Announces 2020 Fellowship Award Recipients

  • Published: Monday, April 6, 2020

The Advancing Research Impacts in Society (ARIS) Center is pleased to announce one individual and five team fellowships, awarded at $7,500 and $5,000 respectively. The goal of the program is to increase the quality and availability of scholarship and resources about research impacts to improve design and practice.

The 2020 Fellows will conduct collaborative research and synthesize available evidence to create tools and resources that support the research community to advance the quality of their research impacts work. Fellows coordinate their efforts with each other and provide regular, detailed updates on progress to ARIS. By December 2020 all projects will be submitted for external peer review so that the individuals and teams can make any necessary revisions before presenting their products at the April 2021 Annual ARIS Summit.

"The quality of 2020 proposals was excellent, the selected Fellows presented the most compelling cases to develop timely tools and research that will advance research impact practice across disciplines" said Julie Risien, Ph.D., Associate Director of the STEM Research Center at Oregon State University and Co-Investigator of the NSF funded ARIS Center.

The recipients represent many disciplines across six institutions including premier research, land-grant and minority serving institutions. One project is included as a direct response to COVID-19 and the urgent need to provide resources to adapt research impacts activities to virtual environments. The 2020 Fellows are:

  • Elyse Aurbach, PhD. and Ellen Kuhn, M.A. – Center for Center for Academic Innovation, University of Michigan.
    • Their project, Expanding the Utility and Impact of the Michigan Public Engagement Framework, aims to enable researchers and practitioners to situate themselves in a larger public engagement ecosystem, recognize similarities and differences of their work relative to others', and drive interdisciplinary collaboration for new, innovative research impacts.
  • Gigi Owen, PhD. and Alison Meadow, PhD. - Climate Assessment for the Southwest, University of Arizona.
    • Their project, Evaluating the Societal Impacts of Climate Change Research: A guidebook for natural and physical scientists, addresses the gravity of global warming by gathering evidence about how scientists and education professionals can optimize societal benefit of climate change research through communication with a range of audiences.
  • Barbara Burke, M.A.; M.L.S. and Patrick Corbett, PhD. – Office of Sponsored Programs, New York City College of Technology.
    • Their project, Charting Research Impacts in Minority Serving Institutions: Does One-Size Fit All?, will create a resource to assist Minority Serving Institution faculty members and administrators with identifying patterns of impact and defining pathways to achieving desired impacts.
  • Sophie Pierszalowski, PhD and Thaddaeus Buser, PhD. Candidate – Oregon State University.
    • Their project, Mentoring the next generation: A roadmap for using undergraduate research to broaden participation and impact in STEM, will present best practices for undergraduate research experiences that are known to promote inclusion in STEM in order to help scientists formulate more effective broader impacts.
  • Sarah Olsen, PhD. Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley and Natasha Wingerter, PhD. Candidate University of Idaho.
    • Their project, A toolbox for scientists and educators to co-create high-quality non-formal learning experiences, will provide concrete guidance to help educators and scientists co-create meaningful learner-centered experiences to help all learners succeed.
  • Susan Rowe, PhD. Oregon State University.
    • Her project, An Introduction to Successful K-12 Broader Impacts Planning and eLearning Pathways, will, in response to COVID-19, will deliver a "just in time" introductory, open source, online curriculum to inspire researchers and professionals to use state of the art technology to engage audiences more directly in virtual spaces making clear connections between broader impacts and the approaches of engaged scholarship.

More information about the 2020 Fellows and their projects can be found at

About ARIS

The Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) Center works with U.S. and international scientists and engagement practitioners to build capacity, advance scholarship, grow partnerships and provide resources to help them engage with and demonstrate the impact of research in their communities and society. The ARIS Center emphasizes support for serving traditionally underserved populations while providing inclusive public engagement to ensure a diverse science workforce.

Founded in September 2018 after being awarded a $5.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), ARIS has advisors, partners, research and higher educational support from more than 25 of the leading organizations and experts from around the world.