Ashley Reichelmann, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, was awarded an NSF RAPID Grant of $50,000 to study the impact of a newly developed large-scale memorial. Through a survey of the residents of the surrounding community, the project focuses on understanding how this memorial to victims of past collective violence affects individuals socially, emotionally, and politically as well as impacts interactions between group members at the individual and the community level. Nationally, the results provide the opportunity to determine the role and use of memorialization in intergroup relations. Co-principal investigators are Sociology faculty members James Hawdon, Director of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, and John Ryan, department chair.