UMW Faculty and Students Win External Grants!

In my September newsletter, I recognized several faculty and staff members who had recently won external grants, fellowships, or contracts.  We continue to have additional good news on the external funding front and I’d like to congratulate the following people for their recent accomplishments: Patricia Reynolds, Jo Tyler, Steve Hanna, Jacqueline Gallagher, Theresa Grana, Deborah O’Dell, Charlie Sharpless, and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Patricia Reynolds and Jo Tyler, both of Department of Foundations, Leadership, and Special Populations, were awarded $74,247.84 from the Virginia Department of Education for “Differentiated Instruction across the Curriculum for English Language Learners.”  The grant covers all costs associated with offering of two sections of the TESL 532 course, one section in Fredericksburg and the other in Roanoke.  Students enrolling will have their tuition and textbook costs covered thanks to the grant.  This is the third time since 2008 that the Virginia Department of Education has awarded a grant to UMW to deliver sections of the TESL course.

Steve Hanna and Jacqueline Gallagher, both of the Department of Geography, were awarded a subcontract from the George Washington Regional Commission (GWRC) to provide GIS data collection and cartography services.  The $2,557.50 subcontract was awarded under GWRC’s Coastal Zone Management Grant, received from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  UMW Geography students and faculty will be assigning the American Planning Association’s land-based classification standards to all parcels within the City of Fredericksburg.

Two faculty mentors and their students received $500 grants from the Virginia Academy of Sciences to support their undergraduate research projects.  Theresa Grana and Deborah O’Dell, both of the Department of Biological Sciences, will be working with three students on separate research projects.  The students involved are B. Ann Wang, Erin Hayes, and Anum Shaikh.

Charlie Sharpless, Department of Chemistry, will be on sabbatical during 2010-11.  During that time, he will serve as a visiting scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.  This is a compensated appointment, valued at approximately $48,000.

Since January 2008, UMW has received funding from Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation to host a Chesapeake Bay Watershed Coordinator position.  For the third time, this grant has been renewed.  The award for the 2011 calendar year is $62,225.  May Sligh continues to serve as the Watershed Coordinator, and her position is hosted by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.  Interestingly, May is a Mary Washington graduate.

Associate Provost John Morello continues to serve as the contact point for persons interested in submitting external grant proposals.  In cases where the application will go to a private funding source (a foundation, corporation, or the like), John coordinates with Donna Mejia, director of leadership gifts in the Office of University Advancement.  Grant requests to private sources still need to proceed through the UMW external grants pre-approval process before they are submitted, even if the UMW Foundation will ultimately be responsible for submitting the proposal to the potential funding source.  For full details about submitting an external grant proposal for internal review, go to the external grants web page.  Last year, UMW faculty and staff submitted over 50 requests for external funding (a slight increase from the year before) and we are hopeful that this trend will continue in that direction.

The list of awards on the web page represents all awards made known to my office through the UMW internal process for approving external grant and contract applications before they were submitted.  If there’s an awarded project missing from this list, please call it to my attention.  We certainly do not want to overlook anyone’s achievement.

Congratulations to everyone! I hope all of these projects turn out to be successful ones.

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