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Internal Grant Recipients Announced

April 28, 2015
SHSU Media Contact: Julia May, Andrew Devey

Award winners of the Sam Houston State University’s Internal Grant Program have been selected for fiscal year 2015. The award recipients, listed below, consist of 20 faculty members who have shown the beginnings of excellence in innovative research projects. The program, designed to support and encourage research activities among faculty without having to use departmental funds, is overseen by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

“The internal grants program continues to be a success,” said Jerry Cook, associate vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs.  “There were many quality projects submitted, which made selection difficult, but it also demonstrates the quality of research prowess at SHSU.” 

Since 2009, more than 125 faculty have received Internal Grant awards to help spearhead research efforts and scholarly pursuits. For more than a decade, this program has been key to helping university administration forward SHSU’s research endeavors.

Recipients who received an Enhancement Research Grant are awarded $15,000, given one year to complete their research proposal, and are required to submit a final report outlining their accomplishments. Additionally, recipients are required to submit at least one external grant proposal related to their Enhancement Research Grant in hopes that awardees will be able to continue their research project with additional external funding.

Ten faculty members were awarded the Faculty Research Grant, which gives $5,000 to the recipient to fund their proposal. This award is to be used during the summer months to complete a scholarly project that gives enhanced value to their specialized field and focused discipline. Submission of a final report to ORSP is required at the end of the recipient’s project as well. 

Faculty Research Grants - $5,000



Proposal Topic

An, Min Kyung

Computer Science

Efficient Broadcasting in Wireless Sensor Networks

Choi, Jin


Migration and Healthcare of Marshallese in the US

Cox, Thomas


Warren Delano's Role in the Old China Trade

Grant, Darren

Economics & International Business

The Ballot Order Effect: Evidence from Texas

Lane, John

School of Music

The Speaking Percussionist: A New Music Commissioning Project

Leatherwood, Jessica

Agricultural Sciences & Engineering Technology

Non-invasive Evaluation of Equine Lean Tissue Development

Lopez, Maria Montserrat Feu

Foreign Languages

The Confederadas' Journalism

Neill, C. Denise

School of Nursing

Faculty Perceptions of Workload: Instrument Development

Vargo, Kristina

Language, Literacy & Special Populations

Evaluation of a Motor-Based Social Skills Program

Zinn, Kelly

School of Nursing

Personality Correlates of Diabetes Management among College Students

Enhancement Research Grants - $15,000



Proposal Topic

Adu-Prah, Samuel

Geography & Geology

Spatiotemporal and Environmental Modeling of Malaria in Ghana

Barker, Maria

Julie Frye

Foreign Languages

Language and Interaction in Bilingual Libraries

Choudhary, Madhusudan

Biological Sciences

Molecular Analysis of recA gene in Rhodobacter Sphaeroides

Drake, Jasmine

Forensic Sciences

Chemical Profiling of Street-Seized Cannabis sativa L. Samples Using GC-MS Analysis

Liu, Qinzhong

Hyuk Cho

Computer Science

Novel Smartphone Authentication, Data Protection, and Source Identification

Nair, Shyam

Agricultural Sciences & Engineering Technology

Optimal Water Allocation: Simulating Preliminary Data with DSSAT

Scarbrough, Amanda

Steven Brown

Health Sciences & Promotion

Culturally Appropriate Interventions to Recruit URM into STEM

Shashidhar, Narasimha

Cihan Varol

Computer Science

iBaTs: Interactive Bash Shell Adaptive Tutoring System

Tasca, Melinda

Criminal Justice & Criminology

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Solitary Confinement Placements

Wang, Jianzhong

Mathematics & Statistics

Autodidactic Iteration Schemes for Image Classification

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