2014 Internal Grants recipients

March 28, 2014

Twenty-one faculty members have been awarded $200,000 in research funding from the Internal Grant Program for fiscal year 2014. The Internal Grant Program, overseen by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, is designed to support faculty research activities without using departmental funds.

“These grants are responsible for many of our faculty being able to take part in scholarly activities that further their professional career,” said Dr. Jerry Cook, associate vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs. “In the past, many great projects have been initiated with these funds and then have moved on to bring external funding back to the university.”

Sam Houston State University has committed more than $2 million since 2003 to research and scholarly pursuits of university faculty through the Internal Grant Program. It has been an instrumental part in moving SHSU to the nation’s forefront in biology and forensic research.

“The Internal Grant Program continues to be a great investment in the future of the SHSU research community,” Cook said. “We are excited for this year’s recipients and the potential of their research projects.”

Each application received was reviewed by members of the Faculty Research Council which is composed of nine SHSU faculty members. Each candidate applied for one of two types of awards:  an Enhancement Research Grant or a Faculty Research Grant. 

This year, 11 applicants received the Enhancement Research Grant, an award between $10,000 and $15,000. These recipients are given one year to complete their research and then file a final report with ORSP. They are then required to submit at least one grant proposal to an external organization. The goal for the Enhancement Research Grant awardee is that they will continue their project beyond the designated timeline with additional funding from external resources.

The Faculty Research Grant was awarded to 10 faculty members who each received $5,000 to fund their proposal. Recipients are given three months during the summer to complete a scholarly project that contributes to the general knowledge of their focused discipline. They too are required to submit a final report to ORSP at the end of their project.

Faculty Research Grant Recipients
Enia, Jason Comparing the Effects of Disaster Declaration Rules
Harper, James M. Caloric Restriction and Aging in American Cockroaches
Kim, Nam Young The Effect of Advertisement Customization on Persuasion
Kumar, Santosh         
Children of Drought: Testing the Fetal Origin Hypothesis in India
Liang, Gan Comprehensive Study of Li2FeSi04-based Lithium Ion Battery Materials
Neudorf, Diane Urbanization Impacts on Songbird Alarm Calls
Prelog, Andrew Racial Inequality and Environmental Justice: A National Assessment
Primm, Todd Effects of Antiobiotic Therapy on the Microbiome
Ross, Ashley       Disaster Resilience in Rural Texas
Sugihara, Masahito Saxophone Duo: Performance of New Compositions and Transcriptions

Enhanced Research Grant Recipients
Boisvert, Danielle  Biological and Environmental Factors Related to Stalking
Bucheli, Sibyl        ltra-Fine Scale Bacterial Sampling of Human Cadavers
Chen, Lei             Attacks and Digital Forensics in Personal Computer Games
Hatanaka, Maki Exploration Study of Expert-Citizen Hybrid Food Governance
Lucia, Jessica Development of an Equine Non-Contact Thermography Device
Muftic, Lisa         Identifying the Needs of Bosnian Domestic Violence Victims
Murfin, Audrey Stevenson, Collaboration, and the Late-Victorian Author
Randle, Christopher Parallel Evolution of Minimal Plastomes in Tropical Orobanchaceae
Thies,Monte                    A Comparison of Cranial Morphology in Fossorial Reptiles Using Contrast-Enhance Micro-CT
Varol, Cihan Extracting and Mining Web Browser Artifacts
Walker, Joel Dynamically Determining Stable Local Minima in No-Scale Supergravity