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OCAST - $320,780

Seven R&D Intern Partnerships have been approved by the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. The program helps Oklahoma small businesses locate technology-trained employees. OCAST pays half the cost for an undergraduate intern to work in a research setting.


SensiQ Technologies Inc., OKC - $59,400  

3 interns on biomolecular interaction analysis


Dr. Fabiola Janiak-Spens, OKC - $27,360

5 interns with Analytical Research Laboratories, DNA Solutions, Great Plains Microbiology, SolidTech Animal Health and Cytovance


True Digital Security, Tulsa - $60,000

2 interns on the Big Data Problem


Surendra Singh, TU - $60,000 for 2 students at Miratech on bi-fuel engine retrofit kits


Singh - $60,000

2 students at Spirit Aviation on costs of aircraft components


Frontier Electronic Systems Corp., Stillwater - $22,331

1 intern in commercializing nanobattery technology


Ranji Vaidyanathan, OSU - $31,689

2 interns at CleanNG LLC, Tulsa on non-cylindrical composite vessels 

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December 31, 2013
Dear Oklahoma Faculty Members and Administrators,
We are pleased to share with you some of the innovative and creative projects in Oklahoma higher education institutions that are being funded by outside agencies and organizations. These projects represent faculty and staff members who have given a great deal of time and expertise to creating better education for Oklahoma colleges and universities.
Have a great holiday season, and maybe even complete that grant proposal!
If you would like to share your projects, send a message to lmason@osrhe.edu before the 27th of each month. Thank you all for your hard work! Oklahoma Higher Education Grant Opportunities


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US Department of Agriculture - $569,890

A collaborative project among Missouri State University, Central Missouri University, Northwest Missouri University, Truman State University, and Southeast Missouri University, with St. Charles Community College, NEO A&M College and Redlands Community College resulted in the project, FOOD SECURITY THROUGH LINKING RESOURCES TO ENHANCE UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AMONG FIVE UNIVERSITIES IN MISSOURI.

The primary audiences of this project are students, faculty and administrations of the partnering institutions, and agribusiness industries seeking well trained individuals. The project is focused on pooling resources of the five Missouri universities and three community colleges to enhance degree completion for agriculture majors. The project will provide funding for short courses, workshops and research opportunities for students.



Cherokee Nation - $100,000

Dr. Ben Kracht and Wyman Kirk received funding to continue an undergraduate program that will produce teachers who are fluent in speaking, reading, and writing the Cherokee Language.




OUHSC-Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center - $77,000

Dr. Fritz Laux received funding for the OTRC-Ok Tobacco Research Center to promote Oklahoma-based scholarly research on tobacco control and addiction. Dr. Fritz Laux will be involved in the production of academic research and will also advise state, local and tribal officials on issues of tobacco policy making.



Nuttall Ornithological Club - $2,500NSU Revels

Dr. Mia Revels received a grant to continue a long-term study by investigating the changes in territory location of the Swainson's Warbler males in the Little River National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oklahoma.




Liberty Public Schools Math & Science 2013 - $11,100

Dr. April Adams received funding to provide professional development to Liberty Public School teachers in the STEM disciplines to result in better equipped teachers at the K-12 levels.

Jay Public Schools Math & Science 2013 - $2,439

Dr. April Adams received funding to provide a life and environmental science unit in Jay with the Cherokee Nation, to be shared statewide. NSU will participate in a STEM Academy at Jay Public Schools and in Shawnee in 2013. 


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Oklahoma EPSCoR - $9,384

Dr. Phyllis Fife and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) received a grant to assist students with travel expenses to attend the AISES Region Conference.


Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education - $8,500

Dr. Allyson Watson received funding for TURN- Providing College Connections, a project to provide K-12 students from urban school districts exposure to college and to provide on-going activities to enhance student interest and dedication leading to obtaining teacher certification and entering the teaching profession.   



Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education - $7,000

Dr. Deborah Landry received funding for a one day event showcasing the profession of education, which features keynote speakers and hands-on workshops. 

Attendees include public school students, teachers, higher education faculty, and honored guests.



State of Oklahoma Supreme Court - $82,274

Ann Wilkins received funding to provide mediation services according to the Dispute Resolution Act and other directives and forms provided by the Administration Director of the Courts.  Dispute mediation services is provided to northeast Oklahoma as determined by need.


Oklahoma Arts Council - $1,000

Dr. Norman Wika received funding for the NSU Chamber Music Series to bring professional musicians to the Tahlequah area to provide both chamber music and solo performances and master classes to area music students.
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Oklahoma Arts Council - $3,500

Dr. Phyllis Fife received funding for projects for Arts of Indigenous Cultures. This project consists of (2) events: a stage performance by Joy Harjo and the NSU Powwow, held in conjunction with the Annual Symposium on the American Indian.


 Oklahoma Arts Council - $2,000

Dr. Tommy Poole received funding for the project, NSU Green Country Jazz, to cultivate the growth and development of jazz performances and education for students, music educators, and audiences throughout the region.



NSU Buckholtz

National Science Foundation via OSU - $36,127

Dr. Jody Buckholtz received funding to contribute to the national agenda to increase the number of underrepresented minorities receiving BS degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.




Oklahoma Alliance for Manufacturing Excellence - $113,443

 Curtis Evans received funding for a Manufacturing Extension Agent to work out of the NSU-BA campus to assist local manufacturers to make their businesses more successful.



Oklahoma Conservation Commission - $51,100

Dr. Jonathon Fisher received funding for Stream Bioassessment to select and preserve biological samples  of fish and macro invertebrates for the commission.



U.S. Department of Education - $217,971

Diane Walker received funding for the Educational Talent Search- Broken Arrow Campus to identify disadvantaged youths with potential for post-secondary education, encourage them to complete secondary school and undertake post-secondary educational training. The project also publicizes existing forms of student aid and provides tutorial services for students.

U.S. Department of Education - $273,586

Connie Wright received funds to provide student services to students to help successfully complete a BS at NSU. The program provides counseling, tutoring and academic enrichment activities.



US Department of Education - $303,967

Dr. Tom Jackson received funding to provide for the formation, staffing and facilitation of a centralized Student Academic Success Center (SASC). The Center will provide for initial and continuing multi-modal contact with NSU's high risk


and minority students in order to increase retention and graduation rates.

  NSU McCann

US Department of Education - $370,207

Dr. Jennifer McCann received funding for the Native American-Serving Non-Tribal Institution Indigenous Scholar Development Center, a project that provides a comprehensive approach to helping enhance the overall experience of students, particularly low income American Indian students.


INBRE - $14,128

Dr. Sapna Das-Bradoo received funding for work on a grant proposal to the National Institutes of Health.





Great Expectations - $2,667,450

Dr. Linda Dzialo received funding for the Great Expectations project to teach innovative and inspirational education techniques to public school teachers in order to help revolutionize the classroom educational experience of children.



AT&T - $20,000

The University of Central Oklahoma received a grant assist and prepare Oklahoma City Public School students for a college degree and teacher certification through The Prospective Teachers Academy. The Prospective Teachers Academy is a partnership with OKC Public Schools to help the district by identifying and developing high school sophomore, junior and senior students considering a career in teaching.



OU Health Science Center - $10,260

Douglas Reed, Sociology, Gerontology and Substance Abuse Studies, received a grant for the OK Geriatric Education Center develop and conduct education in seven Lunch and Learn sessions relating to health problems of elderly individuals and their caregivers.



Texas Parks & Wildlife Department - $15,139

Chris Butler, Biology, received a grant for Assessing Black Rail occupancy and vocalizations along the Texas Gulf Coast. This project seeks to identify daily and seasonal peak vocalization times for Black Rails at the Texas mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuges to optimize survey efforts during Summer 2014. 


US Depart of Transportation (through the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office) - $64,440

Robert Delano, Curriculum & Instruction, received a grant for the 2014 Oklahoma Highway Safety Seat Belt Observation Study, a seat belt usage, motor cycle helmet usage, and child car seat usage survey for OHSO and to analyze the data to be reported to the NHTSA.


US Department of Education - $800,000
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, in collaboration with Chief Ron Sparkman of the Shawnee Tribe, is the recipient of a grant to support NEO's Process Technology program. The first PTEC classes were started at NEO in 2010. The PTEC program is offered at NEO and other campuses across the country to prepare students for careers as process technicians in fields including the oil and gas industry, chemical manufacturing, power generation, water and waste treatment, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and food and beverage production. Dr. Mark Grigsby is the Director. The Shawnee Tribe, which has its headquarters in Miami, agreed to work with NEO to obtain the grant over a two-year period. The grant will allow NEO to expand the PTEC program, including allocating $146,000 for new equipment. An important feature of the grant for NEO and the Shawnee Tribe is the opportunity it will provide for the recruitment of Native American students to the PTEC program. There will also be funding for summer camps for high school students and teachers.

Google - $40,000

Rogers State University has received funding to support the technology backbone for the school's new Pryor campus at Mid-America Industrial Park.  The money will be used to help the university install a flexible multimedia communication system and wireless Internet connectivity for the new Pryor campus, which opens for classes in January 2014.  Mike Wooten, operations manager for Google's Oklahoma data center, said the company is impressed with RSU's work in northeastern Oklahoma. The expansion into Pryor will make a big impact on area business and technology.


National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health - $1.9 million

Randy Gallucci is searching for the cause of one of the top workplace hazards, and he's starting with clues in soap and water. The researcher with the University of Oklahoma's College of Pharmacy received $1.9 million to study the cause of irritant contact dermatitis. About 80 percent of irritant contact dermatitis is a result of occupational work. Very little research has been done in this area. While industrial solvents can cause irritant contact dermatitis, many common household chemicals can cause skin irritation. Acrylic materials used in nail salons, chemicals used in hair salons, even antibacterial soap and hot water, when used frequently as in the health care industry, can cause skin irritation. Symptoms include dry, cracked skin, reddened skin, fissures in the skin, itching and pain. Skin irritation is often the least reported workplace injury, because people often chalk it up to being part of the job. Gallucci will study an immune protein called Interleukin 6, which plays a role in skin healing.


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - $1,000,000 Phase II

Oklahoma State University has received Phase II funding through Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gary Foutch, AJ Johannes and Jim Smay of the chemical engineering department, along with Mason Reichard of the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, will continue to pursue an innovative global health research project, titled Shear Extrusion to Treat Fecal Waste. They will be assisted by Jennifer Thomas, a postdoctoral student, and Md Waliul Islam and Jagdeep Podichetty, chemical engineering graduate students.Initial Phase I grants of $100,000 are awarded two times a year. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to $1 million.


Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases - $158,459

A total of $158,459 was awarded to principal investigators Wouter Hoff and Marianna Patrauchan at Oklahoma State University; principal investigator Gilbert John at OSU; principal investigator Kenneth Miller at the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa; and to principal investigator Valentin Rybenkov at the University of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases is a statewide multi-institutional center focused on research, faculty mentoring, and interdisciplinary collaborations in the respiratory infectious disease field.


Public Service Company of Oklahoma - $260,134

The rebate is the largest ever awarded through an energy-efficiency program

supported by PSO. Sustainability and   

       TULSA           energy-efficiency practices have become more commonplace as the demand on our planet's natural resources continues to skyrocket and green practices are being incorporated into our everyday living. OSU-Tulsa partnered with Johnson Controls of Tulsa to complete Phase III of the campus energy conservation program. The work included retrofitting light fixtures with lower-wattage bulbs and installing two new energy-efficient chillers to reduce electricity usage. The program also included replacing all toilets on campus with new environmentally friendly models that use 60 percent less water and adding aerators to all sink faucets to reduce water use.

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