In This Issue
NEOA&M Title III Grant
Rose State College TRIO Grant
Redlands Community College Grants
Eastern Oklahoma State College Title III Grant
Langston University Grant
NSU Grants
OSU Grants
OU Grants
Featured Article: Grant Tip
Dear Faculty and Administrators,

This newsletter is provided to share some of the grant projects that have been funded by your colleagues. We hope you enjoy seeing their creative work!


Linda Mason
Coordinator of Grant Writing Assistance for you!
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
NEOA&M Title III Grant

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and President Jeff Hale received a $2 million from the US Department of Education Title III to develop an American Indian Success and Cultural Center. The grant is among the biggest in school history. Project plans include educational training and mentoring services, wellness workshops and American Indian cultural events. The grant is provided to aid American Indian students attending a non-Indian university. American Indians make up 20% of the college's student population.

Rose State College

Rose State College received $1.1 million from the US Department of Education TRIO Student Support Services program. The program, under the direction of Ms. Amber Mitchell, is aimed at increasing the retention, graduation, and transfer rates of  140 first-generation, low income, and/or disabled students through a case management system.  Pictured are Ms. Mitchell, Program Director (left) and Ms. Jessica Waller, Program Counselor (right).

Redlands Community College

Redlands Community College and Vice President Penny Coggins received $1.5 million from the US Department of Education TRIO Student Support Services program to assist first generation and low income students succeed, graduate and transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Redlands also received $2,000 from the US Department of Agriculture for Innovating Leaders of Tomorrow: Redlands Agriculture Leadership Program.

EOC Title III Grant

Eastern Oklahoma State College and President Stephen Smith received $2 million from the US Department of Education Title III Program for a Native American Engagement Center. Native Americans comprise 26 percent of that school's 2,000+ student body. Eastern estimates that 60% of their students are first generation college students, and the average age is 26. Project plans include success mentoring, online courses in six degree programs and online support services. This Title III grant caps a growing $3.7 million list in federal awards from various agencies won in September, including a $1.5 million grant for student services.

OCCC Theater
Oklahoma City Community College broke ground for a 1,000-seat performing arts theater this month.The $16 million theater will complete the architectural design of the OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center. Four years ago, students of the OCCC Leadership Council supported an additional fee that provided $8 million in bond financing covering half of the estimated cost of the facility. The Theater is supported by grants of $1 million from the Sarkeys Foundation and $500,000 from the Inasmuch Foundation, $2 million from foundations, corporations and individuals and OCCC capital improvement funds. The new theater reflects the vital role that the arts play in the economic and cultural life of the community.
Southestern Grants
Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Kris Simpson received $395,337 from the US Department of Education Talent Search Program to provide assistance to 800 eligible youth to ensure successful completion of secondary school and access to college.  Participants will be selected from McCurtain, Choctaw, Bryan, and Marshall Counties in southeastern Oklahoma. Talent Search was first funded at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1978.  Six full-time staff provide seminars, work-shops, and individual counseling in areas related to encouraging educational achievement (career exploration, study skills, learning styles identification, college readiness, test preparation, college admissions information and financial application.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Kathy Hendrick, Director of the Center for Regional Economic Development received $9,875 from the U. S. Department of Labor via Big Five Community Services, Inc. to provide a full-time employee for three months to perform industry sector work, meet with industry to determine their needs, and link industry and secondary educators to provide Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) training for students and illustrate how STEM subjects are used every day.

UCO Grants

The University of Central Oklahoma and Dr. Gregory Wilson received $1.2 million from the US Department of Education TRIO Student Support Services program to provide academic and other services to low income first generation disabled college students to increase retention and graduation rates.  

UCO and Dr. Charles Hughes and Dr. Charlotte Si m mons (pictured) received $1.1 million from the US Department of Education for the Center for Undergraduate Research and Education with Student Support Services in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CURE SSS  STEM). The Center will provide academic services to low income first generation disabled students to increase retention and graduation in science, technology engineering and mathematics.

The UCO Department of Nursing  and Chair Linda Rider have received $50,000 from the US Health Resources and Services Administration for scholarships for disadvantaged students.

Langston University

Langston University and President Joan Haysbert received $1 million from the U.S. Department of Education to help improve the university's facilities and academic programs. Across the nation, 96 historically black institutions received about $85 million in grants to expand course offerings, enhance student services, restore campus facilities, and provide faculty and staff development.

NSU Grants

Northeastern State University and Dr. Rick Matzen received $196,165 from the National Science Foundation S-STEM for Talented Undergraduates in Math and Science, Yr. 4 of 5 to provide 26 scholarships for students with financial need and academic talent in computer science and/or mathematics.  This project will increase educational opportunities for students in financially strained rural areas and will actively recruit underrepresented groups such as Native Americans and women, in computer science and math.


NSU and Dr. Virginia Whitekiller received $110,000 from the USDepartment of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau, through the University at Albany, State University of New York, to develop, provide and evaluate leadership training to child welfare mid-managers and supervisors across the country and to develop a national plan for dissemination of best practices in child welfare.  NSU plans to expand upon our current academic curriculum foundation offered for social work students with a career interest in child welfare.  Students who participate will receive stipends as well as opportunities for professional development and leadership skills.

Northeastern State University and Dr. April Adams received $623,791 from the National Science Foundation for renovation of the natural science research facility. This renovation will expand the laboratory space and update benches and cabinetry. Some of the existing space will be converted to an open-plan laboratory.  This open-plan design will promote interaction and collaboration between faculty members in addition to making the most efficient use of available space, and optimize instrument sharing where appropriate. The entire renovated facility will be used for research and research training of undergraduate students. This award is funded under the American Recovery

and Reinvestment Act of 2009.



NSU and Diane Walker received $226,600 from the US Department of Education TRIO Talent Search program to identify disadvantaged youths with potential for college education, encourage them to complete secondary school and undertake college, to publicize existing forms of student aid, and to provide tutorial services for youths being encouraged to undertake or re-enter college programs.


OSU logo*Matthew Bolek received $75,260 from the National Science Foundation for Collaborative Research: Unraveling a Gordian Knot; Biodiversity of Gordian Works, Phylum Menatomorpha in the New World.

*Jianjum Ge in Geography received $17,356 from the University of Michigan for research on China's Urbanization and its Sustainability Under Future Climate Change.

*Steve Stadler in Geography received $18,633 from the Oklahoma State Regents for Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative: Activities and Efforts for 2010-2011.

*Steve Harrist in SAHEP received $46,052, Martin High in CHE received $84,355 and Scott Gelfand in Philosophy received $164,120 from the National Science Foundation for Helping Moral People Act Ethically.

*Wei Yin in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering received $178,139 from NSF for  the Acquisition of a SELDI Protein Chip Reader.

*Jamey Jacob in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering received $90,529 from Design Intelligence Incorporated for SBIR Phase II: Perching Micro Air Weapon.

*Lynn Cross in Civil Engineering received $70,259 from the US Department of Transportation for Laser Characterization of Fine Aggregate Properties.

*Thomas Gray in CIED received $80,000 from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce for an Economic Development project.

*Debbie Gimlin in Academic Services for Athletes received $31,613 from the NCAA for Academic Enhancement.

*Deana Hildebrand in NSCI received $30,000 from the US Department of Agriculture for Using Positive Deviance Principles to Identify Best Practices of Architecture and Build Research Capacity with School Food Authorities.

*Brenda Smith in NSCI received $45,000 from OCAST for Dysregulation of Bone Metabolism in Type 2 Diabetes.

*The Oklahoma State University Multispectral Laboratories received $44.2 million to combine optical, electrical, radio frequency and acoustic sensors with unmanned aerial vehicle technology from the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division. The lab is designed to accelerate delivery of technology to the war fighter and first responder communities and to foster more rapid commercialization of those technologies


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*Brian P. Ceresa in Cell Biology at the OUHSC received $888,000 from the National Institute of General Medicine for Regulation of EGFR Signaling by the Endocytic Pathway.

*A University of Oklahoma research team, Rui Q. Yang, Michael B. Santos and Matthew B. Johnson, received $580,000 from the US Department of Energy's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research to develop photovoltaic cells with important applications for more efficient use of solar energy and waste-heat recovery.

*Janet Braun and Brenda Smith-Patten at the Sam Noble Museum received $149,206 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for Databasing the Collection of Recent Invertebrates.
*Alberto Striolo in CBME received $238,052 from NSF for The Emergent Behavior of Solid Nanoparticles at Oil-Water Interfaces: A Multi-Scale Thermodynamic Approach to Enable Bio-Oil Upgrade.
*James Martin at the Zarrow Center and Maeghan Hennessey in Educational Psychology received $2.1 million from the US Department of Education Institute of Educational Sciences to develop a transition educational assessment tool  to identify skills that students need to increase their liklihood of a successful transition from school to employment.
*Boris Wawrik in Botany and Microbiology is lead PI on the NSF funded project, Determining Rates of Group-specific Phytoplankton and Bacterial Uptake of Inorganic and Organic Nitrogen by Means of Stable Isotope Probing. OU's portion of the collaborative grant is $382,000.
*Chen Ling in IE, Randa Shehab in IE, Mark Nanny in CEES, Patricia Hardre in Educational Psychology, Hazem Refai in ECE, Christopher Ramseyer in CEES, and Matthias Nollert in CBME received $300,000 from NSF for a Research Experience for Teachers project, Strengthening a K12 Learning Community Through Engineering Research.
*Kianoosh Hatami in CEES and Brian Grady in CBME received $142,909 from NSF for Developing Sensor-Enabled Geosynthetics Using Conducting Carbon Networks: A Proof of Concept Study.
*Andrew Fagg in CS and David Miler in AME are collaborating with Thubi Kolobe and Julie Stoner at the OUHSC on a NIH funded project that explores control techniques for an assistive robotic crawler for young children who are at risk for developing Cerebral Palsy.
*Cengiz Altan in AME received $126,000 from SERCO for Intermodal Container Estimating Tool (ICE-T) Support and Extension to Air Force Transport Platforms.
If you want to know more about grantsmanship and training on your campus, call or contact me at 405-225-9486 or Check out the website for resources --


Linda Mason
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Grant Tip: Professional Development
Research shows that professional development and grantsmanship training increases the likelihood of faculty members to obtain grant funds for their projects.

Take a moment to consider going to the 2011 Summer Grant Writing Institute provided by the Oklahoma State Regents or another grant writing workshop to improve your grantsmanship skills. The summer group will be hosted  August 1-5, 2011. Look for information on the Grantt  Opportunity website in December.

When you attend the regional or state professional conference in your field, see what your colleagues are doing to obtain grant funds for their projects. Networking with your professional colleagues is a great way to increase your grant funding. 
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