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Graduate Achievements & Grants

2022 Graduate Student Summer Research Awards


The Digital Studies Institute has awarded the inaugural Graduate Student Summer Research Awards for 2022. Students were invited to submit proposals to support their research - including funding that would support their practicum & dissertation projects, funds to attend non-UM summer institutes and workshops, funds for equipment necessary for their digital studies research, and funds for attending Michigan’s Digital IDEAS summer institute.


Ultimately, 12 awards were made to University of Michigan students, all of whom are enrolled in the Digital Studies Graduate Certificate program. This research grant program supported students spanning nine different University of Michigan doctoral and masters programs, and were made to students at all different phases of their graduate careers (from coursework to dissertation stages).


Student Awardees & their Projects:

  • Jasmine An (English Language & Literature) is developing a computational poetry project in CSS and HTML around An’s multigenerational family history and research on antibiotics and hospital bacterial spread, as well as COVID-19 at Storyknife Institute in Alaska. Their grant will support their attendance at the Storyknife Writers Retreat this summer.
  • Carlina Duan (Joint Program in English & Education) is focusing their summer research on the relationship between poetry and archival material; and in it they study the digital media practices and methods of poets Paisley Rekdal and Craig Santos Perez.
  • Jasmine Ehrhardt (American Culture) received research funds to advance their dissertation project on “the ways that digital technologies and risk assessment tools are used by prison administrators and judges, as well as their roles within sentencing and parole decisions. Specifically, this [project] will look at the ideological and social power of automated risk assessment algorithms, such as the Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS).”
  • Miranda Garcia (Anthropology) received a grant to support their attendance at the Amsterdam Digital Methods Summer School this summer.
  • Josh Guberman (Information) received a grant to attend the Digital Studies Institute’s 2022 summer institute, Digital IDEAS.
  • Young Rim Kim (Communications & Media) will use their research grant towards their dissertation project, “Databasing latent bodies: Pandemic surveillance, data publics, and coded injustice in South Korea,” which examines the politics surrounding state-initiated digital health platforms that are built to manage global health crises, through the case study of two infectious disease outbreaks in South Korea: the 2015 MERS Epidemic and COVID-19.
  • Julia Irion Martins (Comparative Literature) will be spending the summer developing their dissertation chapter on the history of the essay in post-internet literary genealogy, in relation to informal online posting practices.
  • Parker Miles (Education) will use their research grant to do school site assessment for their dissertation on Black students, cyborg literacies, and digital makerspaces.
  • Sona Rao (Information) is receiving funds to purchase photography equipment for a project on South Asian diasporic communities in relation to both digital and analog media practices.
  • Cengiz Salman (American Culture) will spend the summer working on their dissertation project, “The Fix Fetish: Computational Solutions for Simulating Growth,” which explores public and private sector efforts to use computer technologies as instruments for simulating economic growth in response to deepening global economic stagnation. It asks, “How do technological fixes that promise to deliver dynamic economic growth remain seductive despite their failures?”
  • Grace Wilsey (Department of Film, Television, & Media) received a research grant to support their dissertation work focusing on authorship, censorship, and other regulatory practices across forms of media with particular focus on the spread of disinformation through social media." Wilsey also received tuition support to allow them to attend Michigan's Digital Studies summer institute, Digital IDEAS.
  • Crystal Zanders’s (English Language & Literature) research grant will support their project researching and developing trauma-informed pedagogy for an online course that they hope will empower their high school students to care for each other and better understand trauma-informed pedagogy in relation to both teachers and students. They also received a grant to attend Digital IDEAS, Michigan’s Digital Studies summer institute.