Faculty members of Loyola Marymount University (LMU) have received more than $2.2 million in grants during the year to support research and special academic initiatives.

The grants — awarded from a variety of federal, state and foundation sources — include support for study abroad programs for underrepresented populations; research on Korean Patterns of Communications; organic chemistry research fellowships; civic engagement through science; a documentary on Father Junipero Serra, a Franciscan padre and founder of the California missions; and a summer research program in engineering for community college undergraduates.

LMU acting academic vice president Albert P. Koppes said this year’s faculty grants reflect “the wide-ranging interests and current needs of the modern world.”