2014 DOD AFOSR Grant Recipients

2014.DOD.ResearchRecipients


In 2013, TMCF received funding from the Department of Defense Research and Engineering/Air Force Office of Scientific Research (DoD AFOSR) to assist TMCF member-schools in addressing issues relating to undergraduate degree completion in STEAM fields. In partnership with the DoD AFOSR, TMCF has selected the five faculty members attending at TMCF Member-school who will receive the $25,000 research grant. 45 proposals from 28 TMCF member-schools were submitted for consideration.

The purpose of the funded project is to determine the types of undergraduate research experiences that lead to student retention and graduation in STEAM fields, including the characteristics of students who pursue undergraduate research coupled with the research exposure they receive.

Grant resources will be used to (1) provide research opportunities to undergraduate STEM students; (2) document the research process (i.e., student selection, training, mentoring and laboratory work); and (3) track participating students’ matriculation from their research experience through graduation.

Below is a list of the 2014 Grant Recipients.

Principal Investigator:

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Research Title:
Dr. Johnanna Porter-Kelley

Winston-Salem State University

The Effect of Funded Undergraduate Research Experiences on Achievement of Low Performing Students in STEAM Disciplines and their Graduate School Interests

Principal Investigator:

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Research Title:
Dr. Wesley G. Gray

Southern University and A&M College

Science Research Education Enhancement Program (SREEP): Pathway to Success in STEAM at Southern University "A Cradle to the Grave Preparation Program"

Principal Investigator:

TMCF Member-school: 

Research Title:
Dr. Shweta Jain

York College Research

Engaging Undergraduates in Research that Speaks their Language

Principal Investigator:

TMCF Member-school: 

Research Title:
Dr. Elizabeth Alter

York College Research

Bridge in Research and Environmental and Applied Metagenomics: An inquiry-based module to build core scientific competencies and improve retention among underrepresented students in STEAM

Principal Investigator:

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Research Title:
Dr. Victoria Volkis

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Research

Horticultural Phytochemistry of Aronia Melanocarpa as a Model for Interdisciplinary STEAM Research Training for Undergraduate Students in UMES