Pitt Students Awarded Research!America Grant and holding Data Visualization Competition
Research!America and the Rita Allen Foundation announced the recipients of the 2021 Civic Engagement Microgrant Initiative. Now in its third year, the microgrant program provides funding to graduate student and postdoc-led science policy groups from across the U.S. to develop and lead outreach activities in their local communities.The 2021 Civic Engagement Microgrant Initiative is providing funding for 19 groups whose projects include podcasts, roundtable discussions, data visualization projects, and policy-orientated science fairs. Four grants will be used to start up new groups. All activities will be conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 50 applications were received, a 50% increase from last year. The program is supported by a grant from the Rita Allen Foundation. Read full press release here
A University of Pittsburgh student group created a new interdisciplinary science policy group called "The Influenzers" to address vaccine hesitancy in our Pittsburgh communities. They were awarded the maximum funding from Research!America for this project and are very excited to get started with our ambitious and important work through educational outreach, community engagement and vaccine policy initiatives to help people make informed vaccination decisions for themselves and their loved ones.