Oklahoma State Regents for

Higher Education Grants Newsletter

October 2012
Dear Faculty and Administrators,

Oklahoma Higher Education faculty and staff generate an enormous set of grants to improve programs, conduct creative research, and support students in college. We applaud those energetic, creative and persistant folks who are featured in this newsletter! Thank you, on behalf of all Oklahoma students!

In 2012, public Oklahoma higher education institutions received $622 million in grants for campus programs and research.

If you have a grant to share with the state, send your information to Linda Mason at before the end of each month.

US Department of Education - $2.3 million

Langston University received a $2.3 million Title III Part B Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities grant from the US Department of Education. Langston's grant was part of a $228 million package of grants given to 97 historically black colleges and universities nationwide. Annette Stanley, Langston's Title III director, states that  Title III funding is used for a range of programs. The largest share has gone toward upgrading campus technology, including security measures such as cameras and emergency call boxes, as well as updated computers for labs.

The new public health program in the university's School of Nursing is one of the programs funded entirely through Title III funding. This is the first semester Langston has offered the program. Program director Marshan Marick said it is designed to expose students to all the core areas of public health and also allow them to specialize in a specific area. Marick said she expects to see the program grow in years to come. Ideally, she said, it would send its graduates into graduate programs, or to work in positions including hospital health educators.



Veteran's Upward Bound-$275,150


This US Department of Education program will serve 125 veterans.  Both academic and supportive services will be provided to eligible veterans to generate the skills and motivation necessary to enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education. 






McNair Scholars Program-$246,400

This program's goal is to prepare low-income, first generation college students, and students from underrepresented  groups in graduate education, to enter and succeed in a doctoral program.  Students must major in one of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields of study.  The director is Pat Sutton.

Upward Bound Math and Science-$297,000


Rhonda Pettit is the director of the TRIO program, which provides a variety of services and activities to low-income, first-generation high school students to prepare them to enter and pursue a career within the fields of math and science.




Oklahoma State Regents - Improving Teacher Quality - $50,000 


ECU's Departments of Education, English and Mathematics were awarded a grant from the US Department of Education through the Oklahoma State Regents, titled 21st Century Instructional Leadership.  The intent of this grant is to prepare LEA administrators of high need schools to focus on developing and enriching participants' understanding of instructional leadership practices to support teacher success and student achievement. Dr. Jack Green is the director.



Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Foundation - $250,000


ECU received a grant of $250,000 from the Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Foundation for a research facility and program for undergraduate students. That gift and a $701,100 grant from a Native American Serving Nontribal Institutions Program will provide the bulk of the money for the Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Center for Undergraduate Research and Learning that will include two undergraduate research laboratories for biology and one each for chemistry, environmental health science and psychology. Duane C. Anderson, ECU provost and vice president for academic affairs, the research projects will promote research-based learning and better prepare ECU students in all disciplines for their careers, including those studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The total cost of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Learning is estimated at $2 million, leaving a little more than $1 million yet to be raised.




Connie Wright and NSU received a grant from the US Department of Education Student Support Services to provide services to students who demonstrate academic need in order to successfully complete a program of study at NSU, and to provide a comprehensive system of support services such as counseling, tutoring and academic enrichment activities so that participants will be retained and graduate at rates equal to or above their cohorts at NSU.  This project focuses to serve students who meet the qualifying criteria, regardless of race, color, national origin, disability or gender.


US Department of Education-$312,394


Dr. Tom Jackson, Principal Investigator, and Dr. Jerrid Freeman, Project Director, received funding from the US Department of Education to provide for the formation, staffing and facilitation of a centralized Student Academic Success Center (SASC). The Center will provide for initial and continuing- multimodal contact with NSU's high risk and minority students in order to increase retention and graduation rates.


Department of Health and Human Services through the National Indian Women's Health Resource Center-$29,967 & $20,000


Libby Rogers and NSU received funding to facilitate collaborative activities between NSU and the National Indian Women's Health Resource Center (NIWHRC) to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS risk factors and positively alter the future course of HIV/AIDS among young adult Native American populations. Libby Rogers and NSU also received funding to address the health of young, minority women through three major components: 1) Overall women's health and wellness promotion, 2) HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention, 3) Ending violence against women.



   US Department of Education-$395,337


The grant was awarded for Talent Search, Director, Kris Simpson. The purpose of this project is to identify 861 eligible youth in 2012-2013 and assist them in successfully completing secondary school and accessing a postsecondary educational program.  The Talent Search program will serve participants from grades six through twelve in McCurtain, Choctaw, Bryan, and Marshall Counties in southeastern Oklahoma. 


    National Science Foundation-$32,000


This grant was awarded from the National Science Foundation via Oklahoma State University for the Louis Stokes-OK Alliance for Minority Participation. This program's Director is Dr. Brad Ludrick, Assistant Professor Biological Sciences.  The purpose of this grant is 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.


   US Department of Education-$89,601


Native American Excellence in Education was awarded from the U.S. Department of Education. The Project Director is Chris Wesberry, Academic Advising and Outreach Center/Native American Center. The purpose of this grant is to provide support and training to 12 Native American students in completion of a pre-service education program, which will enable these individuals to meet the requirements for full state certification or licensure as a teacher. 


TAACCCT - US Department of Labor - $2.5 Million

TCC LOGOTulsa Community College received $2.5 million from the US Department of Labor for a TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Act Community College and Career Training) program, which may include 8 additional Oklahoma community colleges to provide workforce training.

Wichita Community College Consortium - US Department of Labor - $14.9 Million                                                                                          Tulsa Community College is also part of a consortium led by Wichita Area Technical College Consortium in Kansas, that is receiving a federal grant of almost $15 million to start an aerospace certificate program with the Tulsa Metro Chamber, other industry and education partners.

These are huge accomplishments for our region and Oklahoma, which demonstrate what we can accomplish when higher education, industry and government work together. Receiving these grants is the result of collaborative effort that included the chamber as well as Tulsa Community College, Tulsa Tech, Workforce Tulsa, the Oklahoma Aerospace and Defense Alliance, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Eastern Oklahoma State College, Murray State College, Northern Oklahoma College, Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma State University - Institute of Technology, Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City, Redlands Community College, and Western Oklahoma State College.

The Department of Labor awarded almost $500 million to community colleges and universities across the country. 


 US Department of Education Upward Bound - $5.4 million


Seminole State College has received a second Upward Bound Math Science  Grant. The $1.25 million grant will be awarded in annual funding of $250,000 for five years.  The program will provide participants with intense STEM-focused academic year and summer activities designed to provide the skills and motivation necessary for entry and success in postsecondary education. A six-week summer residential component of the project simulates a college-going experience for first-generation, low-income students.


The College also has been awarded an Upward Bound I annual grant in the amount of $334,873, an Upward Bound II grant in the amount of $250,000, and a  $250,000 Upward Bound Math-Science I grant.

Beginning in September, the College will receive over $5.4 million in grant money over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Education for these Upward Bound programs. 

Upward Bound Director Jeanie Nix, Upward Bound I Coordinator Leslie Sewell, Upward Bound II Coordinator Karan O'Dor, and Upward Bound Math and Science Coordinator Richard Thorton, organize and chaperon activities for the Upward Bound projects.

Oklahoma Incentive Nursing Grant - $2.5 million


The School of Nursing at Southern Nazarene University has received continuing funding for the fifth year of an Oklahoma Incentive Nursing Graduate Scholars Grant. The $2.5 million, five-year grant was provided by an anonymous donor through the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma. The grant was established to help combat the shortage of nursing instructors at Oklahoma's colleges and universities. The University provides a 19-month graduate program track leading to a master of science degree in both nursing education and nursing leadership.


US Department of Education - $20 million


OU and Belinda Biscoe Boni, Associate Vice president of OU Outreach's public and community services division, received $20 million from the US Department of Education for centers to provide advice and expertise to departments of education in seven states. One five-year, $10.9 million grant establishes the South Central Comprehensive Center, which will work with education departments in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. A second grant, totaling $7.9 million, establishes the Central Comprehensive Center, which will offer guidance to education departments in Colorado, Kansas and Missouri. The centers are part of a national network of 15 regional centers that provide similar services in states across the country. 


US Department of Education Special Education Research - $2.6 million


Bonnie McBride, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, received $2.6 million the US Department of Education's National Center for Special Education Research, a division of the Institute for Education Sciences, to study a classroom-based treatment program for preschool-aged children. Children who have autism are commonly referred to as being on the autism spectrum, because experts note that children are afflicted with varying degrees of autism. The program McBride designed would work with preschool-age children in public schools. The four-year study will involve 120 children and will include intensive, one-on-one teaching using applied behavior analysis, as well as integrated teaching time, in which children learn in a regular classroom setting. The study will also provide training to parents and families to work with their children at home.



Cardinal Health - $125,000


Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy has received $125,000 from Cardinal Health as part of the company's pharmacy scholarship program.  It was one of only eight universities across the nation to receive the scholarship funding. The funds will pay for a year's tuition for at least one fourth-year pharmacy student.

Oklahoma Receives $1.94 Million 

The State of Oklahoma has been awarded $1.94 million in federal grant money to support the energy industry's supply chain and marketing efforts in advanced manufacturing from the US Department of Commerce. The funding is part of a nationwide program to support "clusters" of regional manufacturing. The grant will go to programs developed by the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, Oklahoma State University and the state Commerce Department.

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Justice Department Grants 

Eleven Oklahoma Indian Tribes and Oklahoma City University have been awarded a combined $11,355,780 in grants to enhance tribal justice and safety from the US Justice Department. The grants were among more than $101 million in Department of Justice grants awarded nationwide, with more than 100 American Indian and Alaska Native nations and groups among the recipients.

The grants are designed to address issues ranging from alcohol and substance abuse to sexual assaults.

Oklahoma City University was the only university designated to receive a grant. It will receive $704,513 under the Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program. The goal of this program is to assist the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma to respond to crimes of violence against women and girls in Indian Country.

These Oklahoma tribes received grants:

* Absentee-Shawnee Tribe  $276,822

* Cherokee Nation $1,496,888

* Chickasaw Nation $899,999

* Choctaw Nation $845,891

* Citizen Potawatomi Nation $1,469,994

* Eastern Shawnee Tribe $1,454,021

* Iowa Tribe $2,099,846

* Kaw Nation $39,759

* Pawnee Nation $900,000

* Ponca Tribe $294,032

* Quapaw Tribe $874,015 


Call for Summer Mentors

Application Due Date: January 31

One of the OK-INBRE initiatives is a summer undergraduate research program to expose promising students to the exciting world of research and as a mechanism for increasing the applicant pool for graduate programs in biomedical research at Oklahoma's comprehensive campuses. We are now soliciting faculty mentors for the summer of 2013. Each Mentor's laboratory will receive $2,200 for supplies. Each student will present a scientific poster of their summer research project at the end of the program. The cost of preparing the poster is to be covered by the $2,200 allocation for supplies.

Applications from prospective faculty mentors at both the research-intensive institutions and Oklahoma regional universities, from COBRE Investigators at OUHSC and OMRF, and mentors are also being solicited for additional students from four participating community colleges: Oklahoma City Community College, Redlands Community College, Tulsa Community College and Comanche Nation College. 

The mentor application is accessible from our website

www.okinbre.organd should be submitted to Sasha Groeneveld at (405.225.9419).


 Undergraduate Student Research

Application Due Date: January 31

Each student will receive a stipend of $5,000 (subject to taxes) to pay living expenses over the 9 week (May 22 - July 19, 2013) summer research experience. We plan to support promising students from primarily undergraduate campuses:

NSU, NWOSU, LU, SE,SWOSU, UCO, CU, ECU, RSU, USAO, and OPSU. The students may be placed with faculty mentors at these undergraduate institutions or at the OK-INBRE research-intensive institutions: OSU, OSU-CHS, TU, OMRF, OU Norman, and the OUHSC.  

Faculty Mini Grants

Application Due Date:  January 14

Purpose:  The primary objective of the Mini-Grant program is to provide funding for faculty at the INBRE undergraduate institutions. 


Collaborative Research Grants

Application Due Date:  January 14

Purpose:  The Collaborative Research Grant Program fosters research collaborations between faculty at research-intensive campuses and their faculty counterparts at the primarily undergraduate institutions. For the Funding Opportunity Announcements, visit



Plan now to work in an intesive week with mentors to complete your grant proposal. Watch for the application for the Summer 2013 Grant Writing Institute at


Application will be available in January 2013 - Due date April 1, 2013