November-December 2010
Month Year Vol 1, Issue 1
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Grant News

Oklahoma Higher Education 

Dear faculty and administrators, 
Mason SantaThe year 2010 has been a great year for higher education and grantsmanship even though the economy has been troubled. Here are highlights of accomplishments around the State for November and December. There are so many wonderful projects that have been externally funded, that the campuses are moving forward with excellent research and program development! We wish you the best holidays for relaxing, and we hope you have great energy for 2011! Be sure to contact us if we can help in any way.
Linda Mason, OSRHE Grant Assistance

SE Grants

Southeastern logoOklahoma Small Business Development Center Grant $260,000 SE Small business

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce awarded Linda Gray, Interim State Director of the OSBDC located on the Southeastern campus $260,000 to provide business assistance in Oklahoma through thirteen offices in Oklahoma.  


SE Larry Dresser Upward BoundUpward Bound Math and Science $294,150 

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Project Director, Larry Dresser, Director of Upward Bound for Southeastern, funds to provide comprehensive services to 59 participants to increase high school graduate rates, increase competency in challenging subject matters, encourage eligible students to pursue math and science studies and careers, and engage parents as well.  The participants will be selected from eight surrounding counties in southeastern Oklahoma and Grayson County, Texas.

   SE Susan Dodson

Student Support Services $356,171

The U.S. Department of Education awarded funds to Susan Dodson, Director of Student Support Services. to provide a variety of services to low-income, first generation college students and students with disabilities. Services include tutoring, personal and academic counseling, cultural experiences, career guidance, enrollment assistance, specially designed workshops, and special services for students with disabilities. 


SE Teriki HicksEducational Opportunity Centers Program $486,136

The U.S. Department of Education awarded the Project Director, Teriki Hicks, Director of the Educational Opportunity Center, funds to provide assistance and information to 1,450 adults who seek to enter or continue a program of post-secondary education. Services, include counseling on educational opportunities, college admissions, testing, career options, student financial aid assistance, tutoring, and coordination with other agencies and post-secondary institutions.


Smart Start Durant $75,970 SE Scott Hensley

The Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness/Smart Start Oklahoma awarded the Project Director, Scott Hensley, Continuing Education Director, and the Project Coordinator, Heather Smiley, Continuing Education, funds to create a brighter future for the children who live in Bryan County, engaging local agencies and citizens. Activities include building partnerships with business leaders, collaborating with the medical community to promote good health, improving quality child care, connecting parents with resources, sharing development information, establishing a family resource center, and promoting early literacy.


Innovative Grant $8,000

Funds from the Inasmuch Foundation, Inc. via Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness were awarded to Scott Hensley and Heather Smiley to assist Smart Start Durant. 


SE Gleny BeachVisual Arts Exhibition Serie $1,805   

The Oklahoma Arts Council awarded Project Director, Dr. Gleny Beach, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, funds for professional services (artists/jurors, exhibition fees), and promotional and operating expenses in connection with six exhibits scheduled in the Visual and Performing Arts Centre Gallery for the 2010-2011 academic year.


SE James Wintle


Arts Education Invitational Grant Initiative $10,000

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded the Project Director, Dr. James Wintle, Director of Musical Arts Series, funds for the concert fees for the Musical Art Series. The visiting groups will perform for the general audience and students.


SE Stacy BallewCampus Police Community Oriented Policing Plan $270,000  The U.S. Department of Justice awarded the Project Director, Captain Stacy E. Ballew, Campus Police Department, funds to increase the presence of the police force on and near campus, improve communications, provide for a campus-wide panic duress system, and improve security on campus.  SE Susan Morrison

National Board Certification $25,000  The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP) awarded Project Director, Dr. Susan Morrison, Assistant Professor of Educational Instruction and Leadership, funds to provide training to teacher candidates who seek national board certification.


SE Tim PattonLouis Stokes-OK Alliance for Minority Participation-$32,000

The National Science Foundation via Oklahoma State University, awarded Project Director, Dr. Tim Patton, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, funds to increase the number of under-represented minorities entering the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields by providing research opportunities and mentors, scholarships, and summer internships.


Texas/Oklahoma Regional UndergraduateSymposium (TORUS) $1,900SE Brett Elliott
The National Science Foundation via Math Association of America awarded Project Director, Dr. Brett Elliott, Professor of Mathematics, funds to support the TORUS conference to be held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on February 26, 2011.  The conference will provide the opportunity for undergraduate students at all levels to discuss their independent work in any area associated with mathematics, its applications, its history, or its education. 

SE Nancy Paiva

Evaluation of Filamentous Freshwater Algae as Bioenergy Source $24,984 The National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), via Oklahoma State University, awarded Principal Investigator, Dr. Nancy L. Paiva, Associate Professor of ChemSE Steve McKimistry, and Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Steve McKim, Associate Professor of Chemistry, funds to investigate the potential utility of freshwater filamentous algae to produce easily harvested biomass. This biomass might be integrated into the Oklahoma biomass processes being developed to utilize switch grass, and other feedstocks, such as the fast-pyrolysis methods being developed at OU's Center for Biomass Refining. 

Renovation of Biotechnology and Chemistry Research Laboratories in Science Building $475,458  

The National Science Foundation awarded Principal Investigator, Dr. Nancy L. Paiva, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Joel T. Smith, Professor of Chemistry, funds to renovate three Biotechnology and Chemistry research wet laboratories in the Science building for the Chemistry, Computer and Physical Sciences Department. Research topics that will be biosynthesis, insect development inhibitors, and bio-fuel agricultural waste.

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NSU Grants
NWOSU Grants
SWOSU Grants
Cameron Grant
UCO Grant
OSU Grants
Rose State College Grant
EDGE Grants
OCAST Internship Grants
ARTS Grants
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NSU Grants

NSU PattersonAlternative Education Delivery Program  $300,000                            

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Dr. Karen Patterson funds to create a Speech-Language Pathology training program that is more readily accessible through combination of evening, weekend, summer and technology-based courses.  The project provides financial support for graduate students in the Speech-Language Pathology program with the stipulation of an employment commitment in the public schools as a condition for receiving assistance.  This is Year 1 of a (4) year award from the U.S. Department of Education for a total of $1.2 million dollars. 


NSU GarlandChild Welfare Title IV-E Year 17 $24,467                                 

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services, via the University of Oklahoma, awarded Chris Garland funds to provide services to enhance the well-being of children and families in Oklahoma through professional education and training programs focused on developing and improving future child welfare services providers. Educational allowances go to students selected to participate. This will be the final award year of this 17-year program.  NSU Fife



AISES American Indian Science & Engineering Society $5,336                     

The Oklahoma EPSCoR, Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, awarded Dr. Phyllis Fife funds to assist AISES students with travel and operating expenses for designated conferences and symposiums. This is the second award obtained by Dr. Phyllis Fife for the AISES program this fiscal year.


NSU ATT GiftACT Preparation Program $10,000                  

The AT&T Foundation awarded Jerry Cook funds for an ACT college preparation program for students at Fort Gibson Public Schools. NSU is developing for 120 seniors an enhanced program that combines academic training and ACT test preparation skills with ongoing tracking and analyzing of student achievement levels to boost test scores and success at the college level.




Pictured from left to right are Jerry Cook, director of community relations, Mark Kinders, vice president for university relations, Bryan Gonterman, president of AT&T Oklahoma, Dr. Martin Tadlock, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Craig Cromley, director of external affairs for AT&T Oklahoma.

NWOSU Grants

Koch Entrepreneurship    $8500.00

This grant, sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation ($4,250.00) and the Lew Ward-Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center ($4,250.00) will host an entrepreneurship seminar on the NWOSU-Enid Campus.  Dr. Cheryl Evans serves as the principal investigator of this project.


RUSO Violence Prevention Project   $50,303

This grant from the U.S. Department of Justice through the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO), will reduce domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault on college campuses. East Central University developed the project and funds will be shared by the six RUSO institutions. Brad Franz will coordinate the grant at Northwestern.


Bill Johnson Correctional Center   $334,000.00

NWOSU currently contracts with the Bill Johnson Correctional Center and the Department of Corrections allowing the Social Sciences department to provide drug and alcohol treatment to incarcerated trainees.  Full time treatment counselors as well as student interns provide treatment. Jeff McAlpin will direct the project.


Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series    $10,152

This grant, from the Oklahoma Arts Council, brings musicians and musical events to Northwest Oklahoma communities.  Dr. Stephen Kingsbury is the director of the grant. 


Upward Bound Math & Science    $250,000               

This grant, from the U.S. Department of Education, will increase the academic and motivational levels of eligible enrollees with aptitudes in math and/or science so that such persons may complete secondary school and successfully pursue post-secondary educational programs.  Ten high schools in three northwest Oklahoma counties are targeted. The grant award is for five years and will total $1,250,000.  Brad Franz serves as the director of the grant.


LS-OKAMP-STEM   $10,000

The Louis Stokes Oklahoma Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. NWOSU serves as a subgrantee under Oklahoma State University for this project that will significantly increase the number of baccalaureate degrees in science, mathematics, engineering and technology earned by individuals from groups who are underrepresented in these areas. Tim Maharry is the principal investigator for this project.

SWOSU LogoSWOSU School of Nursing $75,000 

The Sarkeys Foundation announced grants totaling $422,509 to 24 nonprofits in Oklahoma. Seventy-three charitable organizations submitted proposals.

The grants include $75,000 to Southwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation, Weatherford, for training equipment for the School of Nursing.

Cameron Grant

CameronCameron Department of Education $10,000

The Minority Teacher Recruitment Center at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education awarded a joint project between Cameron and Lawton Public Schools called Retaining Excellent Alternatively Licensed (REAL) Teachers funds to assist in retaining secondary alternatively -licensed teachers with fewer than five years of teaching experience by providing professional development that meets their specific needs. To date, Cameron has presented two professional development training workshops for teachers from Lawton Public Schools. In November, ReGina Fahrquar of Great Expectations presented on the topics of Creating a Climate of Mutual Respect, Building Relationships, and Classroom Management Skills.

UCO Grant
UCOUCO Teacher Education Grant $400,000

The Inasmuch Foundation awarded the Urban Teacher Preparation Academy, a partnership between UCO and Oklahoma City Public Schools, funds to prepare students to teach in high-need urban schools through a clinical and mentorship program. The Urban Teacher Preparation Academy provides students with a year of clinical experience, or student teaching, in an Oklahoma City Public Schools classroom, followed by mentorship and professional development throughout the first two years of their teaching careers. The grant will assist in the hiring of the academy's program staff, constructing an electronic framework for professional development, providing more scholarships to increase cohort sizes and startup costs.

GEAR UP Grants 

Readiness for College $20,500

Several area schools were recently awarded $20,500 in college access subgrants from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education's GEAR UP Program. Altus, Duke, Mountain View-Gotebo, and Snyder schools received funds for professional development for local teachers and to provide funding for financial aid education and student tutoring. Since the college access subgrant program began in 2006, GEAR UP has awarded more than $2.7 million to 77 Oklahoma school districts and sites. A total of $710,309 in subgrants was awarded statewide this year by GEAR UP.


GEAR UP Lawton Schools Grant $143,500

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education awarded GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) funds for Lawton Public Schools to support professional development training for teachers, programs that help prepare middle and high school students to go to college, the Advanced Math Institute, the Advanced Science Institute, Ruby Payne's "Aha!" Process school workshops, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), the "Thinking Maps" program, and other helps for students to get through high school and enter college. Students also receive tutoring from Cameron University students and go on educational field trips.


GEAR UP Grant to Fletcher Schools $20,500

The State Regents Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, a federally funded program designed to better prepare middle and high school students for college, awarded Fletcher Public Schools funds to continue working with Cameron University and Great Plains Technology Center with a program they call "Wildcat Ticket of Success." The program hosted a back-to-school night to inform parents about Oklahoma's Promise and postsecondary opportunities. The grant monies also help provide scholarships for students attending Cameron University or Great Plains Technology Center while completing their high school education. The program provides counseling and tutoring to help raise scores on assessment tests. Grant recipients have the opportunity to choose from research-based, student-intervention programs that help students process, recall and utilize information in a demanding curriculum; build math and science confidence; learn planning, time management, organizational and study skills; and get motivated to study harder, set goals and focus on success. Teachers can also use the money to learn leadership, organization and teamwork skills as well as how to better communicate what the student needs to improve on so that the student can become college-ready.


The Oklahoma Director of Gear Up is Armando Pena, and he can be reached at

OSU Grants

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 2010 Record Grants 

Oklahoma State University faculty and staff received a total of $136.3 million in grants and contracts during the 2010 fiscal year, an increase of 10 percent from the year before. Research awards increased by 40 percent - from nearly $57 million in 2009 to almost $80 million in 2010. The money has   helped support a variety of programs at a time when the state cut back allocations. Stephen McKeever, Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer, said OSU has been promoting a culture of research, scholarship and entrepreneurship during recent years, which has encouraged faculty and staff to apply for more grants. Grant money becomes even more important during tough economic times.


OSU Food Security Fellows Program to Assist African Nations

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs awarded OSU and five Oklahoma State University media professionals and faculty funds for improving food security in two African countries. Dwayne Cartmell, Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership Associate Professor; Cindy Blackwell, Assistant Professor; Craig Edwards, Professor; Tanner Robertson, Assistant Professor; and Shelly Sitton, Professor seek to improve the prospects of ensuring food security in Kenya and Uganda by developing communications networks.


Nearly 4 million Kenyans and more than 2 million Ugandans require food assistance regularly. The project's goal is to integrate community leaders, media professionals and policymakers from the two countries. Faculty from OSU, along with Oklahoma professionals, will provide two four-week internships in the U.S. The first group will start in May 2011.


Participants will spend time with U.S. counterparts in order to learn how professionals in an established democracy handle agricultural issues. The Food Security Fellows program will create a two-way exchange program between the countries and their professional counterparts in the United States. Through reciprocal exchanges, the program allows for contextual and cultural growth by the faculty and by the African participants.


Research Plays Critical Role in OSU's Service

Research plays a critical role in the university's service to the state. For example:


' Harmful bacteria such as E. coli can be controlled not only by antibiotics but also by   probiotics (helpful bacteria) identified at OSU and currently being used by the cattle feeding industry to improve the health of cattle and to reduce the occurrence of harmful bacteria in the human food-supply chain.


' New techniques are helping us better understand survival after breast cancer treatment by taking into account previously unknown relationships between patient characteristics and survival.


' OSU is helping test a vaccine against rotavirus, the No. 2 killer virus in the world (and a cause of acute stomach distress); the vaccine is able to save thousands of lives per year and is safe and effective.


' OSU students have designed unmanned aircraft with designs available to others in the state and the world; their work earned them first- and second place honors at the 2010 American Institute of Aeronautics Design/Build/Fly International competition.


' Varieties of wheat developed at OSU have been planted on 38 percent of the wheat acreage available in 2010 in Oklahoma.    


These examples show that teaching and research actually go hand in hand in universities. Research facilitates teaching: Faculty members who are actively engaged in research can provide students with cutting-edge knowledge and skills   that faculty members not so engaged simply do not have. Moreover, such faculty members bring to their teaching an infectious enthusiasm that arises from their being at the forefront of their disciplines.


At the same time, teaching facilitates research: Much of the most important research in which faculty members engage is done collaboratively with students. As students become collaborators on research projects, they learn by doing rather than merely by seeing or hearing about what others have done. And research has shown that active, hands-on experiential learning is the kind of learning most likely to result in long-term retention and understanding.


Students are more likely to stay in touch with and receive long-term mentoring from their professors if they have collaborated with them in research. Such contacts can be invaluable sources of guidance throughout one's life. Teaching and research don't compete. They collaborate to serve our state!


Provided by Burns Hargis, President of Oklahoma State University, and Robert Sternberg, Provost and Senior Vice President.  

Rose State College Student Services Grant $1.1 million

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ROSE logoThe U.S. Department of Education awarded funds to Rose State College to help students from households with low income, students with disabilities, and first-generation students attend college, complete their associate degrees and either find jobs or move on to a university. Student Support Services Director Amber Mitchell directs the project. About 80 percent of the students served are first-generation college students.  

EDGE Gramts $5.4 Million

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Three technology startup businesses each were awarded $1.8 million from Oklahoma's Economic Development Generating Excellence program. Recipients are Pure Protein LLC, Biolytx Pharmaceuticals and Enterprise Electronic Corp. The funding aims to stimulate the state's economy. Projects are funded with earnings from the $150 million EDGE Fund endowment, approved by the state Legislature in 2006. Twelve finalists were considered among 62 applications. The new businesses will add more than 60 new jobs to the Oklahoma economy.

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The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology funded five undergraduate research and development intern partnerships in energy, chemistry, environmental, computer software and biotechnology. More than 600 undergraduate students have interned with about 90 Oklahoma industries since the program began.


' Jason Wickham of Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva and Arysta LifeScience Technology will work on a project titled "Distribution and Quantity of Iodine and Other Constituents in the Brine Waters of Northwestern Oklahoma." The award is $10,000 for one year.


' Surendra Singh of the University of Tulsa and Miratech Corp. will oversee   two undergraduate interns to develop a selective catalytic reduction control system, a diesel oxidation catalyst and optimization of a three-way catalyst. The award is $60,000 for two years.


' Singh also will work with Holly Corp. to oversee intern work on a project titled "Design and Development of Oil Refinery Components." The award is $60,000 for two years.


' Jerald Dawkins and True Digital Security will sponsor interns on a project titled "Information Technology Governance Compliance and Risk Management." The award is $59,140 for two years.


' Kris Vermelis and DormaTarg Inc. of Oklahoma City will work with interns on a project titled "Translational Research and Drug Development for Advanced Metastatic Cancers." The award is $47,000 for two years.

Arts Grants 



The National Endowment for the Arts has announced that five Oklahoma individuals and organizations are among the recipients of arts grants from the agency. A total of $26.68 million in grants was awarded nationwide.


' The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition will receive $15,000 as part of the Access to Artistic Excellence program to support the development of an exhibition highlighting state artists. The project is a partnership with the Visual Arts Center in Tulsa and includes an exhibition and artist residency program scheduled to open in 2012.


' Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, Associate Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, received a $25,000 literature fellowship.  


' Lisa Lewis, Associate Professor and Director of Oklahoma State University's creative writing program, received a $25,000 literature fellowship.


' Rose State College, Midwest City, received a $10,000 Challenge America grant to support Global   Oklahoma, a festival featuring different cultural traditions.


' Tulsa Ballet Theatre Inc. received a $20,000 Access to Artistic Excellence grant to support the dance trilogy "Exceptional Synergy" to be performed next spring.

Let us know about your grants and externally funded projects! Send an email to

Linda Mason
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

2011 GWI

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Summer 2011 Grant Writing Institute is scheduled for August 1-5, 2011. Mark your calendar now to prepare for this challenging experience. Visit in January for applications. It is an invigorating and empowering institute for grantsmanship excellence!
Application Deadline: March 31, 2011