Grants & Awards


  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks – Diversity and Inclusion Grant: Se habla español: Promoting awareness and inclusion of Hispanic diversity issues in Springfield, MO. $16,100. November 27, 2018.
  • Universidad Ana G. Mendez Recinto Carolina, Institutional Program for Research Promotion Grant: Social media and health communication: An analysis of Hispanic and North American communities. $15,000. August 17, 2017.
  • MAPFRE Foundation – Research Grants Ignacio H. de Larramendi: Social media as a platform for health prevention.  $18,010. December 22, 2014.
  • Universidad Ana G. Mendez Recinto Carolina, Institutional Program for Research Promotion: University Social Responsibility: An integral component of institutional management.  $15,000. December 9, 2014.
  • University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, PINCEL: Research skills program for graduate students.  May 9, 2005. $2,500.


  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Department of Communication, Drury University, Springfield, Missouri. Awarded on May 10, 2019.
  • Visiting Scholar (selected as one of the eight fellows that visited the lab between 2016-2017), Social Media Lab, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.
  • Recipient Travel Grant, Programa Institucional para el Fomento de la Investigación (PIFI), Universidad Ana G. Mendez Recinto Carolina, Puerto Rico. Awarded on February 2016.
  • Outstanding Author Contribution 2014, Emerald Literati Network.
  • Best Young Academician Award, 10th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Responsibility Journal – Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Awarded on May 20, 2011, New Orleans – United States.