Funding for three Sam Houston State University research projects, totaling $430,178, was approved Thursday by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The board also approved a step toward the possible addition of two new doctorates.

The Coordinating Board action allows the proposed doctorates to be added to Sam Houston State's Table of Programs. Detailed descriptions of the scope of and need for the doctorates, one in forensic psychology and another in educational leadership, must now be approved by the board before they can be implemented. Both would be housed in the College of Education and Applied Science.

The three research proposals represent the largest number ever approved for Sam Houston State University under the Coordinating Board's highly competitive Advanced Research Program (ARP) and Advanced Technology Program (ATP) grants process.

A total of 455 projects were approved by the board, totaling $60.5 million. The SHSU projects which were funded were:

"We are extremely proud that these proposals were chosen for funding and are excited about the step taken toward possible new doctorates," said Dr. B. K. Marks, interim president. "I commend and congratulate Drs. Liang, Meitzler, and Varma for their efforts in these prestigious achievements."

Dr. Bill Covington, associate vice president for research and sponsored programs, said that the previous high for the number of SHSU proposals funded by the Coordinating Board was two.

The other components of The Texas State University System which had projects funded were Southwest Texas and Lamar universities with two each.

Marks also complimented the other Sam Houston State faculty members who submitted proposals which were not funded.

"Sam Houston is fortunate to have an energetic and committed faculty, as evidenced by the fact that 24 individuals submitted research proposals," he said.

Leonard Rauch, chairman of the Coordinating Board, said that the ARP and ATP grants, which have been made since 1987, helps the state retain and compete for the best faculty and develop new knowledge essential for continued economic development.

To determine which projects received the most recent grants, more than 3,000 proposals in 24 research fields were reviewed by 152 scientists and engineers on 15 panels. None of the experts was associated with any Texas college or university, and 42 of them represented private industries.


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October 26, 1995