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Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
November 2011
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NWOSU Title III Grant
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No Child Left Behind Title II Part A 2012 Grants 

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announce the funding of 9 US Department of Education No Child Left Behind Improving Teacher Quality grants for 2012 totaling $673,763.


ECU with Macomb Schools - $34,002 - Word Study In Action -

Dr. Regina Smith


NSU with Nowata Schools  - $33,227 - Goecaching is Catching Students' Attention in the Classroom  -

Dr. Deborah Landry


OPSU with Boise City, Beaver and Guymon Schools -$37,450 - Linking Teaching to Learning in the PK-8 Language Arts Classroom -   

Dr. R. Wayne Stewart


OSU with Madill Schools -- $35,713 - Teachers Training Teachers to Improve Math Education -

Dr. Linda Kallam  


UCO with Oklahoma City Van Buren Elementary School - $32,635 - Reading, Writing and Thinking: An Oklahoma A+ Schools Professional Development Partnership - Tyler Weldon


NWOSU with Hammon, Deer Creek-Lamont, Enid, Haskell, Hennessey, and Medford Schools - $65,901 - ITQ/AAPT/PTRA Oklahoma Teachers of Physics and Physical Science - 

Dr. Steven Maier   


OC with Oklahoma City and Tulsa Schools - $124,408 - The Oklahoma Algebra Project -

Dr. Jennifer Bryan


SWOSU with Panama, Fort Supply, Perkins-Tryon, Little Axe, Thomas-Fay-Custer, Erick, Anadarko, Sweetwater, Crutcho, Miami, McAlester, and Pryor Schools - $163,710 - KESAM SP 2012: A Hands-On Brains-On Journey of Excellence - 

Dr. John Woods


TU with Tulsa, Jenks and Berryhill Schools - $146,717 - Oklahoma Systemic Science Initiative - Dr. Robert Howard

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The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education received $34.9 million from the US Department of Education for GEAR UP - Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for University Programs. JoLynn Horn is the GEAR UP Director.

Horn said that since GEAR UP started, Oklahoma has seen a growing number of high school seniors enrolling in college - a roughly 10 percent increase across the state from 1999 to 2010. 

Now the goal is to increase the number of students earning degrees. "We're not where we want to be," Chancellor Johnson said, "We're still below the national average in the percentage of our students with college degrees."


Johnson noted that Oklahoma has made significant gains in the past 10 years toward closing the gap in college graduates, something he said is critical for the state's economic outlook.  Students in Oklahoma may not have realized it was a series of multimillion grants over the past decade that brought on the extra push for them to attend college, but the GEAR UP Grants might have been the culprit. That post-high school education push will continue as Oklahoma was awarded another grant over the next seven years to get students beyond their high school diploma. This means that by 2018 Oklahoma will have received more than $80 million to get underprivileged students college degrees. The grant-funded project begins with middle school students in 23 rural school districts that were selected based on need. The districts include Ardmore City, Caney Valley, Catoosa, Checotah, Davis, Eufaula, Guymon, Harrah, Hobart, Kingston, Little Axe, Luther, Madill, McLoud, Newkirk, Okmulgee, Roland, Sapulpa, Stilwell, Tecumseh, Wagoner and Woodward.

The schools will receive things like training for teachers to better prepare students for college, a parent involvement component and access to summer welcome programs for students that help with the transition to college. Students can also get more information by going to

Dear Faculty and Administrators, 

The November GRANT NEWS is a way to share ourMason Fall 2011 thanksgiving for the grant projects that have been funded in November 2011 in Oklahoma colleges and universities. The projects are quite varied, so enjoy the descriptions of the interesting ways you have contributed to Oklahoma higher education for excellence for our students. And let us know when you have more good news to share!
Dr. Linda Mason
NWOSU Title III Grant - $1.5 million 

NWOSU's SIP project, Academic Success for

Dr. Mike Knedler and NWOSU received funding from the USNWOSU Knedler Department of Education for At-Risk Students, to provide a single, integrated activity to increase student success by improving advising, redesigning gateway courses with high enrollment and low success rates, and increasing opportunities for faculty development.  NWOSU will create an Academic Advising Center staffed by professional advisors who will use GradesFirst applications to provide intrusive, case-management style advising to the identified population of at-risk students on not only academic issues, but also career and life issues at a time when they need it most.  Incentives and training opportunities will be provided for faculty members to participate in redesign of gateway courses to incorporate new and innovative strategies to help at-risk students meet with success. 

UCO UrbachUCO Grants  

Susan Urbachand UCO received $84,417 from the Small Business Jobs Act from the Small Business Administration.  


Robert Delanoand UCO received $47,000 from the US Department of Transportation for the2012 Highway Safety Observation Study Redesign project.  




John Barthell, College of Math and Scienceand UCO received $60,752 to provide for Dr. Barthell to Chair the INBRE Deans Council




Jicheng Fu, College of Math and Science, and  UCO  received  $43,068 from the OUHSC INBRE Program for "Intelligent System for Clinical Guidance," a



Kimo Aweau, the Wellness Center, and   UCO received$75,000 from the US Department of Veterans Affairsfor a Paralympic Veterans Program to provide training opportunities for military (veteran) athletes with physical disabilities seeking to become internationally competitive in Paralympic sports.  

OU and NOAA 


OU received $75 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  to advance weather radar research and improve severe storm forecasts. The research also will enhance understanding of extreme weather and short-term regional climate. The agreement extends funding for the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meterological Studies through 2016. OU's selection for the National Weather Center ensures that the partnership with the institute that started in 1978 remains intact. Peter J. Lamb, Director of the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meterological Studies said the institute will focus on five research themes: weather radar research and development; stormscale and mesoscale modeling research and development; forecast improvements research; impacts of climate change related to extreme weather events; and social and socioeconomic impacts of severe weather systems.


Kelvin Droegemeier, OU Vice President for Research, said competition was strong among several universities this year, but OU's fortified relationship with NOAA made it stand out. OU's competitive approach was a very strong NOAA presenece on campus, the biggest meteorology program in the country, and a diverse portfolio of studies in regional climate, severe storms, radar technology and new areas.



Carl Albert State College received $495,921 from the US Department of Education for an EOC, Educational Opportunity Center. The program will help area individuals seek higher education levels, with the ultimate goal of successful completion of postsecondary education. Deborah Cummings wrote the grant for CASC, and stated this EOC competition was highly competitive because of the tight budgets across the nation.

Dr. Brandon Webb, CASC President, stated that EOC offers services to students that are extremely valuable as they seek to earn their degrees and pursue their career paths. Michelle White, TRiO Programs Director stated that Kelly Kellogg, the EOC Coordinator, excellent academic advisors in Poteau, Sallisaw, Fort Smith, Van Buren, EOC will offer services throughout the region. EOC is funded to serve 1,725 participants per year through-out a seven county area including Sequoyah, LeFlore, Haskell, and Latimer in Oklahoma; and Crawford, Sebastian, and Franklin counties in Arkansas. In addition to the services offered in the past through EOC, the new grant contains extended services intended to provide extra assistance to military-connected individuals.

Redlands Named Partner in NSF Community College Uundergraduate Research Initiative
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Redlands Community College was selected as a full partner in the National Science Foundation funded Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative. This National Center was developed through the Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program. The $3.35 million CCURI initiative will include twenty community colleges from across the nation and will extend from spring 2012 through spring 2015.



Why don't you plan to join the Oklahoma State Regents summer 2012 Grant Writing Institute July 30 through August 3, 2012? This is a great experience of writing your grant proposal with experienced mentor researchers, learn successful writing tips, and receive valuable critiques from colleagues. The application will be available at in January. We look forward to helping you get the grant funds you deserve!
Offer Expires: Deadline is April 16, 2012