In This Issue
Dear Faculty and Administrators,
This newsletter is to share with you the discretionary competitive grants that faculty are obtaining in Oklahoma colleges and universities. The creativity and energy that has been demonstrated in these projects is making Oklahoma Higher Education higher quality for our students. If you would like to share your own grants, send an eamail to by the 27th of the month. Congratulations to those whose projects are represented here. You can see other newsletters at  Grant Newsletters. Mason Fall 2011



Oklahoma State Department of Education - $20,000

Dr. Elizabeth Allan, associate professor of Biology, and Dr. Evan Lemley,  professor of Engineering & Physics and assistant dean of the College of Mathematics & Science, are working on a Math & Science Partnership mini-grant awarded to Putnam City Schools and funded by the State Department of Education. They will present "Leading by Example for Engineering Design" (LEED) 4 workshops to approximately 30 teachers within the PC School District during the month of September.




Oklahoma Department of Health and Human Services - $56,500

Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Foundation (federal pass through from Department of Health and Human Services) is directed by Greg Wilson, Office of Research & Grants. This project provides employment services for an OPSRF Program Coordinator to work on the "From Vulnerable to Resilient: Building Stronger Pathways to Early Childhood Success for At-Risk Children" project.


National Science Foundation - $53,190

 Dr. Gang Xu, Engineering & Physics, received funding from the National Science Foundation through Washington University for a project to characterize elastic properties and motor protein activity in the flagellar axoneme, whit specific genetic mutations and under varying experimental conditions, in order to address the overarching question: How do the mechanics of the axoneme modulate the coordinated oscillations of flagella?




Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust and the Oklahoma City Department of Utilities

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City's Horticulture Department plans to build a shrub arboretum that will serve as a teaching tool for water conservation and landscaping techniques. The addition is made possible through a grant from the Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust and the Oklahoma City Department of Utilities. Justin Moss, assistant professor at OSU-Stillwater Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, wrote the grant proposal and will be responsible for overseeing the projects. Moss will be working with OSU Extension Associate and Landscape Architect John Schroeder, who will be leading the OSU-OKC portion of the grant in cooperation with OSU-OKC Agriculture Technologies Division Head Dave Edwards and several faculty members, including David Gerken, Julia Laughlin and Angie Holmberg.


The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has approved nearly $115,000 in aerospace and aviation education grants to organizations or programs that introduce Oklahoma's youths to aerospace and aviation through science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, principles.


The University of Oklahoma's Sooner Flight Academy - $53,000

The grant money will be used to provide scholarships for their summer camps in 2014.


Starbase Oklahoma -$30,000

The "Flying the Skies: Aerospace Principles" program received funding.


Metro Technology Center Aviation Campus and the FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center - $14,843

The Aviation Career Exploration Camp received funding to provide materials and supplies, and help with the cost of orientation flights for the approximately 30 eighth- and ninth-grade students who will attend the two-week ACE camp.


For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, FIRST, Robotics - $5,000

The Oklahoma Regional FIRST Robotics Competition March 27-29 in Oklahoma City received funding. About 1,400 students are expected to compete in the event where they are required to design and build robots.


The Oklahoma Engineering Foundation - $5,000

The Mathcounts program, Oklahoma Future City Competition and an engineering fair were supported.


Francis Tuttle Technology Center - $6,890

The grant will provide training for students who are enrolled in the center's B737/CRJ General Familiarization Training program. The goal of the program is to help students become more marketable to companies that need mechanics who can work on Boeing 737s.


SWOSU Logo US Department of Commerce - $102,000

This grant will help Southwestern Oklahoma State University support economic development in western Oklahoma. The grant is a part of the US Economic Development Administration's 2013 University Center Economic Development Program Competition, which provides grants totaling $2.5 million to colleges and universities across the country. The grant goes to support the Southwest Oklahoma Impact Coalition, a group of colleges, universities and CareerTech centers in 20 counties in southwestern Oklahoma. Doug Misak is director of SWOSU's Center for Economic and Business Development.


US Department of Commerce - $102,000 RSU Logo

The Innovation Center at Rogers State University in Claremore received a grant to support Economic Development through ongoing programs of technical assistance, applied research, and training to area busenesses and industries in a 7-county region in northwest Oklahoma. The funds will also be used to provide economic development education to rural community leaders and offer support services to grow existing businesses. The student enterprise program, The Hatch, will be supported by the grant. The program teaches concepts of entrepreneurship and innovation to students from multiple disciplines.

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