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Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Newsletter
GRANT NEWS                                                                      AUGUST 2009

In This Issue
Summer Grant Writing Institute
NSF Career Grants
SWOSU Grants
UCO Grants
ECU Future Teacher Grant
OCU Native American Legal Center
Cameron Scholarship
ORU Nursing Grant
SOSU Native American Excellence
OSU Grants
Murray State College
OCCC Auto Care
SWOSU Grants
NWOSU Grants
NSU Grants
5th Annual Summer Grant Writing Institute
2009 GWI
30 industrious faculty members from 10 colleges and universities, along with 12 mentors, came together at the Regents' in Oklahoma City for a week to work on grant proposals in July. They created requests for $8.5 million to improve campus programs and conduct research. Colleges represented were CU, LU,  NSU, OCCC, OSU, OU, RSC, SOSU, SWOSU and UCO. Sponsors of the Institute included the Oklahoma State Regents, EPSCoR, Chesapeake Energy, and the Noble Foundation.
Oklahoma students will reap many benefits from the projects that are funded. Next summer's Grant Writing Institute is July 26-30, and application information will be online  at www.okhighered.org.
2010 might be your year to apply for funds for that special project you have in mind!
Thank you to the 2009 Summer Grant Writing Institute sponsors!

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There was a time when an intern job description fell under two words: coffee run. Interns now have real responsibility. Interns can bring value to a company. With unemployment numbers skyrocketing, several companies are on a hiring freeze. Despite this situation, companies should still take advantage of internships. Using interns helps keep grads in Oklahoma and gives students a rich and practical set of experiences. The Tulsa Chamber of Commerce provides companies with various education tools. One program titled "intern in a box" informs a company how to properly work with interns. Interns use to just follow people around; now they learn and practice skills and gain an understanding of exactly what the business does.
Unpaid internships are an option when companies a low on funds. Many students want the experience and are willing to do it for free. Several Oklahoma companies took incentives to keep their internship programs alive. The International Facility Management Association Tulsa branch developed a program where one OSU student would have an internship with four local businesses. The IFMA provided the costs of hiring an intern for an eight-week period. Each company would utilize the intern for a two-week period over the summer. The project was so successful that they hope to expand it to more students.
The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology offers a program that supports college undergraduate internships in the state by encouraging students to prepare for careers in science and technology. The Research and Development Intern Partnerships program provides Oklahoma companies $10,000 to $30,000 per year for one- to two-year projects. The sponsoring technology based business supplies the required match. OCAST encourages companies to be very  aggressive, especially in these economic times. The development of talent in our industry makes our industry stronger.
Undergraduate interns vary in age. Some are at the start of their college learning experience while others have just graduated. Either way, internships are designed to help aid the next step. Internships are a great type of benefit to our college programs.
President Announces Career Grants
OU Cerato
Amy Cerato, Ph.D.
On July 12, 2009, President Obama  named 100 beginning researchers recipients of the 2008 Presiden-
tial Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PE- CASE)
, the highest honor bestowed by the U. S. government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The recipients of the PECASE awards will be honored this fall at a White House ceremony. Twenty of the 2008 winners were nominated by NSF and were selected from a pool of 455 grant recipients of NSF's Faculty Early Career Development. OU's Amy Cerato (pictured), Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science is one of these distinguished grant win- ners.
She received $400,000 from NSF for "CAREER: The Role of Specific Surface Area and Cation Exchange Capacity in Under- standing and Predicting Expansive Soil Behavior."  More than 2500 proposals were reviewed for these awards.
TCC Outreach Center
TCC Shumate
A converted convenience store that serves as an outreach center for Tulsa Community College will expand dramatically thanks to a $250,000 donation from Bank of America. The center, at 21st Street and Garnett Road, opened in 2007 and hosts GED and English-as-a-second-lang- uage classes. It also offers some credit courses on site. Its mission includes bringing higher education information to under-
served populations in Tulsa. Beth Shumate, TCC Director of Sponsored Programs, is pictured.
SWOSU Upward
Bound Grant

SWOSU Upward Bound
The SWOSU Upward Bound program received a grant of $378,592 from the US Department of Education. The Principal Investigator is Ms. Jamie Novey, Upward Bound Director. The project supports an outreach program and a residential summer program to encourage first generation, economically disadvantaged high school students to meet the academic and social challenges of higher education. Pictured are Upward Bound Participants
SWOSU Talley
SWOSU 40th Annual Jazz Festival
Dr. Keith Talley, Department of Music, pictured, received $6,000 from  the Oklahoma Arts Council
to support development of appreciation and understanding of jazz among SWOSU students, faculty and the surrounding public.
SWOSU Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium
SWOSU Baugher
Madeline Baugher, Department of Accounting, Computer Science and Entrepreneurship, received $32,500 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) through The University of Oklahoma for scholarships for students interested in pursuing space related educational programs and specific projects created by students and faculty mentors.  A few of the projects to be supported during FY10 are a BalloonSatProject, a First Tech Challenge Robot Design Competition, an Astronomical Spectroscopy Project, and a Project to study rocket history, design and flight targeted to underrepresented groups.  Industry Partners are invited to join in supporting students by partially funding specific projects.  Pictured are  Tony Wise, an industry partner; Craig Easter, a SWOSU student; and Madeline Baugher, SWOSU PI.
UCO OCAST Aging Research Grant
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Dr. Melissa Powers and Dr. Michelle
Gray, Kinesiology and Health Studies department, won a health research grant from OCAST, for $140,000, for research on Comparison of Traditional Resistance Training with a Novel Power Training Program among Older Women.
UCO Olympic
Committee Grant

Dr. Greg Farnell, Dr. Paul House, and Dr. Michelle Gray are continuing a study begun by House, et. al., a comparison of education, income, employment, and quality of life between paralympic athletes and non-athletes. The grant is for $20,000, for one year from the US Olympic Committee.
UCO NSF MRI DNA Sequencer Grant
UCO Haynie
Dr. Michelle Haynie, Assistant Professor of Biology, has received $130,006 from the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (NSF MRI) program to purchase a DNA sequencer for research in molecular biology.  Acquisition of this sequencer will provide advanced research opportunities and stimulate new ideas for collaboration among faculty and students.  Dr. Greg Wilson serves as Co-PI on the grant.   
UCO Contemporary Music Academy
An investment in the University of Central Oklahoma's Academy of Contemporary Music isn't just an investment in students, it's an investment in Oklahoma. Organizers prepared for the first class that started in August, and volunteers worked to raise money to cover costs of opening the academy. They're nearly halfway to their goal of $2 million. The campaign will run through November. Students can earn a two-year associate's degree of applied science in contemporary music in performance or music production. That will produce a generation of artists and people who can help build the music industry in the state. Support include $50,000 from Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and a $30,000 grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation. A portion of the startup funds, $750,000, was taken from a $3 million unrestricted gift given in 2006 by Troy and Dollie Smith.
Dear Faculty and Administrators,
     This newsletter contains a series of celebration announcements for those who have worked hard to obtain grants for research and development on Oklahoma higher education campuses. The energy and dedication to seek grants is rewarded with enhanced experiences for Oklahoma students. We hope you enjoy this monthly grants newsletter. If you have news to share with others around the State, send the grant information and a jpg photo to lmason@osrhe.edu.

Dr. Linda Mason
Coordinator for Gr
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ECU NSF Future Teacher Grant
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     East Central University in Ada and eight high-need service area school districts (Ada, Allen, Byng, Latta, Lexington, Seminole, Sulphur and Vanoss), announce the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program beginning January 2010. The goal of this program is to recruit teacher scholars from among academically talented students with strong academic backgrounds and content knowledge in mathematics, during their sophomore year, who would otherwise not consider K-12 mathematics teaching as a career. The project received $900,000 from NSF DUE, Division of Undergraduate Education. The project principle investigator is Robert Ferdinand (pictured), and Co-Investigators are Linda Braddy (pictured), John Bedford, and Heather Hannah (pictured).
OCU Native American
Legal Resource Center Grant
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     The Native American Legal Resource Center at the Oklahoma City University School of Law has received a $250,000 gift from an anonymous donor to assist its American Indian wills program launched in January.The grant will allow students to gain practical experience in what are often complex areas of law, while members of the 37 tribes throughout Oklahoma get valuable assistance that might otherwise be unavailable to them.  Five service dates are scheduled for the fall 2009 semester.
     The gift came about because of work performed in a 2007 estate case involving Indian land in the jurisdiction of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. As a result of the legal work of Five OCU law alumni and a fiduciary trust officer, an out-of-state beneficiary decided to donate the funds to the NALRC's American Indian wills program.
CU's Smith Scholarship
Cameron Cameron University President Cindy Ross recently announced a $15,000 grant from George Moses, Chip Kimball and Cherry Phillips of the Fannie Elise Smith Charitable Foundation to establish the Fannie Elise Smith Charitable Foundation Scholarship to assist deserving full-time students enrolled at CU. Before her death in 2008, Smith served as an Army nurse until her retirement at the rank of major in 1968.
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ORU Nursing Grant 

     The Oral Roberts University school of nursing has received a $1.1 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services to recruit minority and disadvantaged students to become nurses. Recruitment will focus on rural areas of Oklahoma with the expectation that students will return to these parts of the state after graduation. Money from the grant will go toward eight $5,000 scholarships and 20 stipends of $300 a month up to $3,000.
SOSU Native American Excellence in Education Grant
SOSU Chris WesberrySoutheastern Oklahoma State University will be receiving a federal grant of $1.16 million from the US Department of Education Office of Indian Education over the next four years to continue its Native American Excellence In Education program. Chris Wesberry, pictured with Choctaw and Creek high school students, is the project director and principal investigator. Co-principal investigators are Dr. Charles Weiner, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Tim Boatmun, Associate Dean of Academic Services.  Involved in the original grant from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma were John Jackson, Angel Rowland and Dana Buchanan.
     The project, a collaboration between Southeastern and The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, with the support of the local public schools, provides support and training for 12 Native American students in completing a pre-service education program that leads to a Bachelor of Education degree.
  According to "Diverse Issues In Higher Education'' magazine, Southeastern ranks sixth in the nation in producing Native American graduates in all disciplines combined.

OSU Mental Health Grant
OSU Wansley Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences professor Richard Wansley was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to study mental health issues in correctional facilities. The grant will allow behavioral health students to study with state Department of Corrections psychologists.
OSU-Tulsa Energy Research
OSU Vashaee
Oklahoma State University-Tulsa researcher Daryoosh Vashaee is developing a type of nanotechnology that can convert waste heat to energy. His process to produce a clean, alternative energy source could reduce the use of fossil fuels. Vashaee was awarded a $700,000 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to perform research associated with thermoelectrics.
OSU Biochemistry Research
OSU Deng
Junpeng Deng, a structural biochemist in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University, has received a $1.34 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.Deng and first-year doctorate student Brian Krumm made a discovery that was the first step toward a pharmaceutical medication for poxvirus-caused diseases and a treatment for autoimmune diseases. The grant was issued to continue the research. 
Murray State College Receives Part of ARRA Industrial Grant
Murray - Carter An infusion of federal money totaling nearly $900,000 will be used to jump-start economic development in four rural Oklahoma communities. The state was included in a nationwide $15.3 million grant windfall for 145 recipients through the federal Recovery Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise Program funds for education and training, community development and technical assistance for towns and development agencies. This federal money will help create new businesses and keep jobs from moving out of Oklahoma. A $400,000 grant to the Johnston County Industrial Authority will go toward construction of a 6,000-square-foot building in an industrial park just west of Tishomingo, announced Cecil Carter, an economic development specialist at Murray State College who wrote the grant. The building will occupy one of eight underdeveloped sites in the park, and when construction is completed will house a subsidiary of a high-tech machine shop. In the southeastern community of Antlers, almost $100,000 will be used to expand the home base of Mays Home Health Care to add about 2,500 square feet to the company's headquarters. Fort Towson, in the far southeastern corner of the state, is planning to turn its $300,000 grant into a new building on land owned by the Fort Towson Industrial Authority along US 70 highway. The Minco Community Foundation Inc. received $87,000 for expansion.
OCCC Receives Firestone Grant
OCCC logo Firestone, Complete Auto Care has given $10,000 to Oklahoma City Community College's Automotive Department and the Maintenance and Light Vehicle Repair Program. Firestone will continue to enroll new automotive technicians into the program offered at OCCC. They find it highly beneficial to support the program and utilize in the classroom the services of the program.
SWOSU Campbell Dr. Brian Campbell, of the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Department of Chemistry and Physics, received $12,141 from the NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and  Mathematics program through OSU for efforts to recruit minority students to enter these fields. Pictured are Dr. Campbell, and students, Lucy Ramon, Courtney Garcia, and Abbie Ntreh.
SWOSU Lone Star
Athletic Conference Grant

Kelli Litsch, Associate Athletics Director, Athletics Department of SWOSU received $2,500 from the National Collegiate Athletic Association through the Lone Star Conference to support athletic students and faculty by providing technology equipment for athletic students. Pictured are student Samuel Burnett and Kelli Litsch.
Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series Grant
NWOSU Kingsbury Northwestern Oklahoma State University received $10,800 from the Oklahoma Arts Council to bring musicians and musical events to Northwest Oklahoma communities.  Dr. Steven Kingsbury, Chair of Fine Arts and Director of Choral and Vocal studies, is the principal investigator of the grant.
NWOSU Social Work Grant
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Through the University of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Department of Health and Human Services and Northwestern, an additional grant of $3,000 supports students who are pursuing child welfare careers through financial support as well as employment opportunities. The original CWPEP grant supports university training and support. The principal investigator of this project is Ms. Kylene Rehder, Chair, Department of Social Work. Shown in picture are Linda Smith, University of Oklahoma CWPEP Program Coordinator and Kylene Rehder, NWOSU.
NSU Matzen Northeastern Oklahoma State's Dr. Rick Matzen recieved $144,040 from the National Science Foundation for scholarships for academically talented, financially needy students, enabling them to enter the workforce after completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate-level degree in science and engineering disciplines.
NSU DuBois Chautauqua Humanities Grant
NSU Payne Dr. Jocelyn Payne received $1,000 from the Oklahoma Humanities Council to bring a Chautauqua-type event to Northeastern State University's Broken Arrow campus on September 9, 2009. Full-time Chautauquan Charles Everett Pace will perform as W.E.B. DuBois (1868-1963), the first African-American to earn the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard University. Mr. Pace will also present a mini-workshop on the historical period in which Dr. DuBois lived. In a separate, more academically-focused presentation, Mr. Pace will share insights on the performance skills associated with public presentation of historical biographical materials. All of Mr. Pace's presentations will be open to the public, free of charge.  
Grants for Oklahoma higher education are so diverse and provide wonderful programs for students! Good luck to you in pursuing your project dream!
Linda Mason
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
If you are serious about grant writing, plan to apply for the 2010 Summer Grant Writing Institute next July 26-30. You will work intensely for a week with a successful grant writer mentor and finish a grant proposal to support your project. Discuss this possibility with your chair and dean, and watch the website in November 2009 for the application, http://www.okhighered.org/grant-opps.
GWI Institute Deadline: March 1, 2010