Notre Dame Research announces Kobayashi Travel Fund recipients

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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Mc 5Professor Qiping Xu has received a Francis M. Kobayashi Travel Fund grant for travel to Chicago, IL.

Two faculty members from the University of Notre Dame have been awarded Francis M. Kobayashi Travel Fund grants from the Notre Dame Research Internal Grants Program. The Kobayashi Travel Fund was created to provide funding for the initiation of new research by subsidizing travel expenses. It may be used to consult archives, museums, or other sites that house primary materials, as well as for travel to acquire and develop research data.

In discussing the awards, Associate Vice President for Research and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Richard E. Billo said, “Our goal with the Kobayashi Travel Fund is to support research across the University that can be significantly advanced by Notre Dame researchers traveling to an off-campus location. This round’s recipients fully demonstrated how their proposed research would benefit from working in different locations and I look forward to seeing the end results.”

The Kobayashi Travel Fund recipients are: 

  • Elyse Speaks, associate professional specialist of art history, for travel to Austin, TX to conduct research on artist Jessica Stockholder for her book manuscript, Everyday Labors: Women, Art, and Making Since 1990
  • Qiping Xu, assistant professor of finance, for travel to Chicago, IL for her project titled, “Financial constraints and corporate environmental policies.”

The Kobayashi Travel Fund accepts proposals once in the fall semester and again in the spring semester. Notre Dame Research’s Internal Grants Program supports faculty researchers and programs with the goal of supporting faculty in delivering cutting-edge, globally significant research, scholarship, or creative endeavor that is a force for good in the world.

For more information on research funding opportunities, including the Internal Grants Program, please see


Brandi Klingerman / Research Communications Specialist 

Notre Dame Research / University of Notre Dame / 574.631.8183 / @UNDResearch

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