Faculty Development Microgrants

FY24 Micro-grant Applications are Due Wednesday September 20, 2023

FY23 Micro-grant Recipient Presentations & Information Session: If you would like to view the video presentation, please email


OFDA Microgrants are designed to support course improvement efforts or career development by SD Mines Faculty.  The Microgrants are intended to provide funds for ideas that will seed improvements in areas such as student learning, teaching infrastructure, and professional development.  


All full-time faculty, including lecturers, research scientists and tenure track professors at any level, are welcome to apply.

Teams of faculty are welcome to apply.  One member of the team should be identified as the corresponding faculty member and will be responsible for the micro-grant budget.


Approximately $5000 in funds are available for Fall - Spring 2023-24.

Individual course improvement grants not involving travel will be $750.  Teams of 3 or more faculty members may request up to $1250.

Travel requests will be considered for $500 and must be related to teaching or pedagogy.  Software purchase requests must be pre-approved by ITS prior to application. Money may not be used to cover salary.  Funds must be used and/or travel be completed by June 15, 2024.  


Please include the following in your application

  1. Name of applicant or applicants, department(s) and job title(s); 
  2. A brief overview of the proposed activity. 
  3. A short explanation of how the microgrant will improve student learning, classroom experience or career development. 
  4. A metric or assessment method for measuring success of the proposed activity or activities. 
  5. A proposal for disseminating the results of the microgrant to campus.

Please send your application, no more than 2 pages in length to by Wednesday, September 20, 2023.

FY 2023 Microgrant Recipients

Travel grants ($500)

Dr. Scott Beeler, EMES

Dr. Katrina Donovan, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering

Course Improvement Grants ($750)

DrSuhao Chen, Industrial Engineering.    Real World Projects in Industrial Engineering.    

Dr. Timothy Masterlark, Geology and Geological Engineering.     Situational Awareness and Medical Trauma Mitigation: Simple Techniques with Big Impacts. 

Dr. Joseph John Thalakkottor, Mechanical Engineering.    Experiments for improved understanding of fluid mechanics concepts-Part 2

Team Grants ($1250)

Dr. Shan Zhou, Dr. Steve Smith, and Ms. Vanessa Kee    Enhancing student learning on 3D structural information at the nanoscale using electron tomography and 3D printing

FY 22 Microgrant Recipients

Teaching and Research Enrichment Grants ($750)
Dr. Ilke Celik, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Katrina Donovan, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
Dr. Tugba Ozdemir, Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
Dr. Joseph Thalakkottor, Mechanical Engineering
Travel Grants ($500)
Dr. Nickloaus Bruno, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Johnica Winter,  Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
Dr. Sayan Roy, Electrical Engineering
Dr. Bryce Tellmann, Humanities