Dear Faculty and Administrators,
This newsletter provides you with announcements of some of the grants that Oklahoma higher education institutions have earned during the past month. Each grant helps to make a better program for Oklahoma students. If you have news about a grant you have gained, let us know by sending the information and a jpeg photo to email@example.com.
Dr. Linda Mason, Coordinator of
Grant Writing Assistance
Connors Gets Grant From Arvest
Connors State College was awarded
$10,000.00 from the Walton Family Foundation via ARVEST-Muskogee for assistance
in relocating the Connors Nursing Program. Connors in
partnership with NSU is relocating their nursing program to the NSU Muskogee
Campus. Arvest Bank is a regional bank. Connors State College continues to
grow and serve the region of northeast Oklahoma
of which ARVEST has a relatively large presence. Both Connors and
ARVEST recognize the need to provide quality "customer" service to all members
of the community. Pictured from left to right:
Nicole Montgomery, Arvest Branch Manager-Muskogee, Sue Floyd, Director Institutional Advancement, Connors,
Charlotte Vaughn, Director of Nursing, Connors, Derek Hanson,
Arvest Branch Manager-Eufaula, Aaron George, Commercial Officer-Arvest Bank,
and Dr. Joyce Van Nostrand, Chair/Professor Nursing, NSU.
Rose State College Wal-Mart Grant
Rose State College and Stan Greil, Vice President for Workforce Development, received a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation for $25,000. Rose State
College proposes to develop the Green Collar Institute, a series of two-week training programs for
individuals who desire to become water and wastewater treatment plant
operators. The programs will enable participants to become qualified to
successfully complete the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality Certification Test.
After becoming certified, individuals
will be eligible for full-time employment. Rose State College will also
assist participants develop resumes and search for jobs through the College's Career Placement
Center. With the
high demand for operators, job placement should be
Rose State College K-12 Math/Science Enrichment Workshops
Rose State College received a $21,000 grant from Boeing for the Dare to Dream Team to
provide math and science instruction to local K-12 schools in the Oklahoma City and Mid-Del
Public School Systems. As part of the program, the Dare to Dream
Team developed a variety of math and science activities that they could take to
local elementary and secondary schools. Through funding from Boeing, portable
footlockers were purchased and equipped with supplies to enhance instruction
and to give students hands-on practice in math and science concepts.
UCO and Rose State College Collaborate on Humanities Grant
Dr. Kenneth Kickham at UCO, John Wood at Rose State College, and a professor at Wayland Baptist
University received $8,500 for "Teaching
Civic Engagement and the Politics of Democracy: Environmental History, Land and Energy
Stewardship, and Community in Oklahoma"
from the Oklahoma Humanities Council, matched by $8,500 from UCO. The Institute will take place near Freedom, Oklahoma at the Selman Living Laboratory (SLL) affiliated with the University
of Oklahoma on July 26-29th,
2010. It will teach 5 professors and 15 currently employed teachers around
the state the topics of ecology, history, and government by exploring bat caves, resolving conflict over windmills siting, identifying plants, examining Oklahoma's environmental history, and more. For more information see http://www.libarts.uco.edu/tce/index.htm.
UCO Compass Learning Community Grant
The University of Central Oklahoma's Compass
Learning Community is one of three Southwestern Region winners of the College
Board's CollegeKeys Compact 2010 Innovation Awards program. It is considered one of the top retention programs in the region. The program is provided as a replicable model for other
universities to positively impacting
students who often slip through the cracks. Autumn Brinegar is coordinator
for UCO's Learning Communities. Recipients were recognized during
the 2010 College Board Southwestern Regional Forum held in Austin, Texas,
and received $5,000 awards to expand or sustain their programs. The Compass Learning Community helps first year
students with low entrance exam scores and an undecided academic
focus find the right direction for success.
UCO Chambers Library Grant
Bonnie McNeely and UCO received a grant for $6,000 for Preservation
Assistance for the Chambers Library from the National Endowment for the
Humanities. The project will support a preservation assessment to help the library staff incorporate
best practices for the conservation of print, microform and media materials in
the UCO Chambers Library. Staff training and the development of a
Disaster Recovery Plan by library staff should help the library respond quickly
should an emergency response be needed to preserve the library collections.
NSU CooperVision Grant
Dr. Thomas Salmon and Northeastern Oklahoma State University received a grant for $138,853 from CooperVision Japan to perform research for CooperVision Japan (CVJ) by
evaluating how well CVJ contact lenses correct astigmatism. Data collection and statistics will enable
CVJ to assess optical performance of these lenses. This is the 4th year for Dr.
Salmon to receive this award.
UCO Humanities Council Grant
Dr. Mary Brodnax and UCO received a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council for "Living the Past: Connecting the Western
Tradition to Contemporary Experience."
The study of the
western humanities has will development individuals to participates in
civic life. The institute offers high school and
middle school instructors teaching arts, language arts, foreign
humanities, history, or social studies classes a unique opportunity to
address PASS skills, including civic competency, from an
perspective while exploring the grand idea that the ideas and values of
past play an essential role in shaping our contemporary experience of
well lived and in shaping productive communities.
NSU Get Green for Blue Grant
Dr. Kathi McDowell
(pictured left), Dr. Pamela Christol
and Dr. Martha Parrot
(pictured right)and Northeastern State University
received a grant for $14,175 f
or "Get Green for Blue:
Outdoor Investigations to Connect Water to You"
from the Oklahoma
State Regents for Higher
Education. During the academy, students will
collect and analyze water quality data, determine the threats to water quality,
and develop possible solutions. Students
will conduct water experiments, take field trips, and explore related career
opportunities. Ultimately, students will
be transformed into potential researchers, scientist and statisticians who will
present findings through technology driven presentations to parents.
NSU Science at the Zoo Grant
Dr. Erik Terdal (pictured) and Dr. Pamela Christol received $14,410 from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for "Science at the Zoo 2010." Acting as scientists, academicians will utilize
methodologies that integrate multidisciplinary techniques to move beyond
memorizing facts about nature. Through
observation and critical thinking skills, they will formulate hypotheses about
animals, their adaptations for survival, and their relationship to
environmental issues. Digital video will
be used to record data to test their hypotheses. They will apply math and
science knowledge, as well as build leadership, team building, and deductive
reasoning skills. On the final day of
the academy, students will present there findings to their families.
OSU Center for Health Sciences Grant for College Student Summer Experiences
Center for Health
Sciences has received a grant from the Whitten-Newman Foundation for a new
program to recruit, train, and educate Native American college students in the
disciplines of anatomy and vertebrate paleontology as well as an introduction
to osteopathic medicine. The Native Explorers program, scheduled June 20 through July
3, is primarily a scientific expedition offering participants an opportunity to
learn about ice-age vertebrate fossils.
The summer program includes three days of laboratory
activities, exploring anatomy, comparing diseased and normal organs, preparing
fossil specimens, reading topographical maps, and learning how to use a compass
and global positioning system units. The laboratory activities are in
preparation for a 10-day field excursion in the Manti-La
Forest in Utah,
where students will work side-by-side with OSU-CHS faculty in prospecting and
SWOSU Well Consortium Grant
Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Brad Bryant received $8,408 from the Pennsylvania State University through Cyclone Production Tools for a Stripper
Well Consortium FY10. The goal
of this project is to provide a real world learning experience for SWOSU
students to work on new technology with energy industry professionals. Pictured are
David Lewis, product development and marketing
director of Cyclone Tools; SWOSU student intern Justin Welcher of Shawnee; Cyclone
CEO and President Larry Perry; and Brad Bryant, Chair of the SWOSU Department
of Industrial & Engineering Technology.
SWOSU Receives ExxonMobile Grant
Dr. Wayne Trail and Southwestern Oklahoma State University received $80,000 for the Bernard
Harris Summer Science Camp 2010 from the ExxonMobile
Foundation. The goal
of this project is to support an academic residential camp to encourage
students to pursue careers in the engineering, mathematics, science and
SWOSU Receives Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Grant
Ms. Tamra Weimer and Southwestern Oklahoma State University received $26,817 for the project: Increasing
Awareness of Organ and Tissue Donation Through Education - FY10 from the Oklahoma Donor Education and Awareness
Program Advisory Council through the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The goal
of this project is to support a program giving nursing students an opportunity
to implement aneducational program on organ and
tissue donation and to increase the awareness of organ and tissue donation
throughout the state.
SWOSU Receives NIH OKINBRE Grant
Dr. William Kelly and Southwestern Oklahoma State University received $70,000 from the OK-INBRE
Equipment Grant, National
Institutes of Health through The University of Oklahoma Health
Sciences Center. The goal
of this project is to purchase new equipment for labs and research projects at
SWOSU Nanotubes Research Grant
Dr. David Martyn and Southwestern Oklahoma State University received $20,918 for Development
of Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes for Use in Polymers FY10 from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (an OU
Research Initiation Grant). The goal
of this project is to possibly produce lighter and stronger materials in
products used to produce energy and to reduce the cost of energy with the
materials. Pictured are Dr. Blake Sonobe, SWOSU Senior Vice President and Provost, Dr.
David Martyn, PI and Assistant Professor in the SWOSU Dept. of Chemistry and
Physics, Anita Blankenship, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, and
Randy Beutler, SWOSU President.
SWOSU Space Flight Research Grant
Dr. Eric Paul and Southwestern Oklahoma State University received $18,000 for the Use of
MicroRNA to Reduce the Effects of Herpesvirus Reactivation During Space Flights from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (an OU
Research Initiation Grant). The goal of this project is to study the subjects in space
flight and determine how to reduce the affects of some viruses that are induced
by stress and related elements in flight.
SWOSU Conference Grant
Steve Ray and Southwestern Oklahoma State University received $1,800 from the Higher
Education Telecommunication Association of Oklahoma (HETA) to attend the ITC
Conference in Ft. Worth. The goal
of this travel grant is to assist staff in attending a conference where
networking with like institution staff will be enhanced and discussions
regarding the development of new solutions for challenges in distance education
will take place.
SWOSU KESAM Grant
Dr. John Woods and Southwestern Oklahoma State University received $171,200 for KESAM SP
2010 from the U.S. Department of Education through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (NCLB
Grant). The goal
of this project is to support professional development for elementary school
teachers to strengthen mathematical thinking and instruction skills.
SWOSU Summer Academy Grant
Dr. Brian Campbell and Southwestern Oklahoma State University received $41,600 for the Summer
Science and Mathematics
Academy Year 1 - FY10 from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. The goal
of this project is to provide a summer academy program for underrepresented
high school juniors and seniors to experience a relationship between science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Pictured are
Blake Sonobe, SWOSU Senior Vice President and Provost, Randy Beutler,
SWOSU President , Dr. Brian Campbell, PI and Professor, SWOSU Dept. of
Chemistry and Physics, and Dr. David Esjornson, Assistant Professor, SWOSU
Dept. of Chemistry and Physics.
This newsletter, along with grant resource information
and grantwriting training are available for all higher
education institutions from the Oklahoma State
Regents for Higher Education. For more information
go to http://www.okhighered.org/grant-opps/ or
Dr. Linda Mason
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
|Grant Tip: Be Persistent!
One thing about grant proposals for research and innovation is absolutely certain: if you don't submit,
you won't get --- funding. Many writers feel that taking a chance by submitting a grant proposal is too frightening because they might be declined. But a
proposal for which funding is denied is accompanied by comments from the reviewers. These comments amount to priceless consulting about the quality of the proposed project. Taking action based on reviewers' comments may result in funding the second time the application is made.
The typical rate of funding for first time proposal submissions is sometimes as low as 20%. But the funding for second time submissions is around 50%, and for third time submissions is up around 85%!
Clearly, in grant funding, the most important characteristic is persistence! So go ahead and take that chance...again and again. Be persistent and be a part of the ambitious initiative to make Oklahoma the Research Capital of the Plains!
Send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Grants
|The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation announced
$1.56 million in grants to 22 journalism
Founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, the foundation's mission is
to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and
opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information.
$25,000 was awarded to the Fund for American Studies for
the Institute on Political Journalism to underwrite one scholarship for a
student from Oklahoma
to attend the program.
Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality was awarded $5.3 million in stimulus
funding to serve as one of 32 Health Information Technology Regional Extension
Centers. The foundation will allow more than 1,000 Oklahoma physicians to use electronic
medical records. The work is targeted to benefit Oklahomans in all areas,
particularly medically under-served populations.
by Stephen McKeever, Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer
Oklahoma State University
highlighted the positive impact research makes on our state, our nation and
our world during Research Week 2010, February 22-26. The seventh annual event featured
guest speakers and activities. The event also provided an opportunity for student and faculty researchers to present their
has never been more vital to our society. The pursuit of relevant, workable
solutions enables progress on issues such as the economy, alternative energy,
human diseases and even natural disasters like the recent Haitian earthquake.
OSU researchers are hard at work on these and many other complex societal
the OSU Center for Health Sciences, a team of
researchers is working to unravel the cause of autism spectrum disorders. The
biomedical scientists, physicians, statisticians and hyperbaric medicine experts
involved in the study are evaluating autism from several angles, and their
results are sure to impact the one in 150 U.S. children affected by this
the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences,
another team of researchers is examining ticks and tick-borne diseases, an
effort that could mitigate the effect of numerous deadly illnesses on humans
and animals. Ticks are the No. 1 transmitters of vector-borne disease in the United States, and Oklahoma is one of nation's leading states
for tick-related illness. Through a multidisciplinary approach, these
researchers are examining both the tick itself and the diseases they transmit.
OSU-Tulsa researcher is developing nanotechnology to convert waste heat to
energy. With funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the
National Science Foundation, Daryoosh Vashaee and his graduate students are
creating thermoelectric materials that will harvest wasted energy from military
aircraft. The work could be translated to many other areas, too, including
using body heat to power a pacemaker and harvesting the excess heat in a home's
attic to efficiently and economically heat and cool the entire house.
at OSU's Center for Disasters and Extreme Events are hard at work investigating
disaster preparedness and effective organizational response. Unprecedented
events such as 9/11, the Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and, most recently,
the Haitian earthquake have exposed the limitations of preparedness. But by
studying these catastrophes, David Neal, director, and the faculty members
within the multidisciplinary center are working to improve methods for response
and recovery in the future.
are only a few examples of the beneficial research under way at
OSU. Learn more by exploring the
stories in this year's issue of Vanguard, the OSU annual research magazine. Stephen McKeever
is vice president for research and technology transfer at Oklahoma State
|Oklahoma Tribe Gets Stimulus Grant
Nation of Oklahoma
will be among 76 American Indian tribes across the country that will share $1
billion in economic stimulus money to help create jobs and revitalize Indian
communities. The Delaware
Nation of Oklahoma will get $27.2 million for retail, industrial, housing and
other projects. The money will allow tribes to
issue low-interest bonds for projects such as health care centers, water plants
and wind farms.
Tobacco Trust to Fund Work
on Stem Cells
The board of directors of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement
Endowment Trust will give $5.5 million over five years to create
the Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research. Members of the center are Oklahoma State
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the Oklahoma Medical Research
Foundation. The stem cell center will help fund research, provide matching
grant funding and help attract more scientists to the state. Casey Killblane, chairman of the trust's board of directors,
said stem cell research has the potential to improve treatment of heart
attacks, stroke, lung disease and cancer - diseases that can result from
tobacco use. Adult stem cells are found throughout the body and multiply
to replenish dying cells and regenerate damaged tissues. Scientific interest in
adult stem cells has centered on their ability to divide or self-renew
indefinitely, potentially regenerating entire organs from a few cells. Paul
Kincade, who leads the immunobiology and cancer research program at the
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, is the center's first scientific
Administrative offices will be at the foundation. Members of the stem cell center's governing
body are Joseph Ferretti, OU Health Sciences Center provost and senior vice
president; Stephen McKeever, vice president for research at OSU; and Dr.
Stephen Prescott, president of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.