Congratulations to UMW External Grant Winners and Applicants!

UMW faculty and staff are continuing to submit external grant and contract proposals and to achieve success. Since April 2016, faculty and administrative/professional faculty members have been awarded four separate grants, contracts, and/or agreements. Eight additional applications for external funding or support have been processed through the Provost’s Office and submitted to various agencies or organizations. Congratulations to everyone who applied and to those who received awards! To see the list of all successes and applications, keep reading!

In July, Leah Cox (Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion) learned that UMW’s participation in a group initiative for the “College Sexual Assault Policy and Prevention Initiative” has been awarded. A proposal to the Office on Women’s Health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), submitted by an organization called Futures Without Violence, was awarded. UMW will receive a $10,000 grant for each of three years supporting its involvement in a comprehensive project designed to implement policies and prevention strategies based on the recommendations from the White House Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault – Not Alone and It’s On Us campaigns.

Also in July, Suzanne Sumner and Debra Hydorn (Department of Mathematics) with Marie Sheckels and George Meadows (College of Education) received a $9,600 award supporting their previous involvement in a Math and Science Partnership grant with the Spotsylvania County School System. They also learned that the County wishes for UMW to again partner with them on an application for another math and science partnership grant, which has been submitted to the Virginia Department of Education.

In June, Scott Jones (Director of the UMW Dahlgren Campus Center for Education and Research) successfully completed arrangements on a $7,500 contract between UMW and the Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC) to offer a special non-credit version of the introduction to computer science at the Dahlgren Campus for a group of JWAC workers. David Jennings (Adjunct Instructor in Computer Science) will teach the course during the fall semester.

Ron Zacharski was notified that his request to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for an “Aeropod License” was accepted. Aeropod refers to “Aerodynamically Stabilized Instrument Platform for Kites and Tethered Blimps.” This agreement will allow him to utilize a seven-foot kite (flying at about a 500-foot altitude) for a project in his honors section of Introduction to Computer Science course this fall. His general goal is to have a small pilot remote sensing project. With feedback from the initial attempt, he might consider a larger effort involving students from the intro. class, volunteer computer science students (through the university student Association for Computing Machinery club), and students from other departments.

And finally, just last week, Venitta McCall and Courtney Clayton (College of Education), and Debra Hydorn (Department of Mathematics), learned that the Virginia Department of Education had a positive early positive to their clinical faculty program grant proposal. Working in collaboration with three public school divisions, the project proposes to employ evidenced-based research relating to the instruction of diverse learners, effective mentoring practices and data driven decision making in education. The goal is to prepare clinical faculty to assist student teachers and beginning teachers in making successful transitions into full-time teaching. This proposal follows up the grant UMW was awarded last year for a similar project. While now award has been officially made yet, indications are positive (they were asked to provide some modifications to the original proposal).

These are terrific accomplishments, and great news for UMW.

Since the April 2016 Newsletter, the following persons have submitted grant or contract proposals. (These projects are in addition ones listed above that were funded or proposed for extensions.) Developing and submitting proposals takes significant time and effort; it’s important that those efforts be recognized.

* Dianne Baker (Department of Biological Sciences) and Nicole Crowder (Department of Chemistry) submitted a $997,012 proposal to the National Science Foundation for a project titled “STEREPS II: The Jepson Scholars Program.” Chuck Whipkey (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences) and Mary Kayler (Director, Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation) are co-principal investigators. This is a follow-up proposal to the NSF grant that UMW had from 2011-2016. Its purpose is to recruit, select, and support academically talented low-income students majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, and earth/environmental science.

* Mukesh Srivastava (College of Business) submitted a $246,400 proposal to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a project titled “Investigating Business Investment in Building Healthy Communities.” The project proposes to study how businesses engage in community health, focusing on how they improve market image, improve the health of their work forces, improve products and services, and improve the community environment.

* Allyson Poska (Department of History and American Studies) submitted her project on the “First Global Health Initiative: The Royal Philanthropic Expedition to Bring Smallpox Vaccination to the Spanish Empire (1803-1810) to two separate agencies – to the National Endowment for the Humanities (for a $50,400 fellowship) and to the European Institutes for Advanced Study (38,000 Euros fellowship). She will examine the successes and failures of the first global vaccination efforts from the perspective of the patients, offering insights into how the patients’ race, gender, and status (free/enslaved) shaped those outcomes.

* George Meadows (College of Education) submitted a $4,600 proposal to the Chesapeake Bay Trust Foundation for a project titled “School Libraries as Sites for Watershed Education.” The proposal will support librarians and science teachers from four Spotsylvania county schools (two elementary and two middle) to work with educators from the University of Mary Washington’s College of Education and the Friends of the Rappahannock to develop library-based activities and resources that focus on watershed education.

* Suzanne Sumner (Department of Mathematics), in collaboration with the Caroline County School System, has submitted a memorandum of understanding for UMW to participate in the County’s “STEAMopolis” proposal. This is a 21st Century project grant (being submitted to the U.S. Department of Education) focusing on creating a community that conserves and protects the environment.

Congratulations again to everyone for their individual efforts in developing these applications!  The competition for external funding is usually fierce. We wish those individuals who are still waiting to learn if their projects will be funded good luck with their applications as they await final decisions from funding entities.

The location of the materials relevant to applying for external grants is available at:  Or from the main page at the Provost’s web site, just look for the heading titled “Grants and Research.”

The list of awards at the web page represents all the awards that have been made known to the Provost’s Office through the process for approving external grant and contract applications before they are submitted.  If there’s an awarded project missing from this list, please contact the Office of the Provost.  We’d like to recognize your accomplishments.

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