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FY16 (2015 - 2016) Awards

Dr. Brittany Hott, Assistant Professor Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education, received a $89,733.00 award from the Greater Texas Foundation for "Project DREAM: Developing Rural Educators’ Algebra Methods."  Dr. Hott was nominated in a competitive proposal process and is required to demonstrate significant potential in and commitment to a career in research and teaching at the postsecondary level.  In addition, applicants were required to identify a mentor, Dr. Gilbert Naizer, to assist them throughout the three-year fellowship. Each of the selected fellows’ institutions committed to a partial match for the program.  She was announced as one of the newest class of Greater Texas Foundation Faculty Fellows (GTF Fellows), a three-year program to build research and teaching capacity of tenure-track faculty at Texas colleges working in areas related to student success. The fellows will each receive up to $30,000 per year for three years to support a research agenda aligned with the foundation’s mission to support postsecondary preparation, access, persistence, and completion for Texas students.  

Dr. Rebecca Judd, School of Social Work, received a $312,963.69 contract renewal from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services for "Title IV-E."  It will enable Texas A&M University – Commerce  to continue to provide staff development, education and training programs to DFPS staff and to foster and adoptive parents that meet the Child and Family Services State Plan for IV-E training. Historically, with each renewal, the Title IV-E grant has spanned a period of 5 years with each year receiving a comparable funding amount. The total award amount for our current contract ending on June 30, 2016 amounts to $1,288,821.80 over the last 5 years.

Dr. Doug LaVergne, School of Agriculture, received a $30,764.00 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture for a project entitled "Develop a Renewable Energy Technical Assistance Program for Northeast Texas Small Businesses and Agricultural Producers."  It will support the mission of Texas A&M University-Commerce by developing a program to connect and educate small business owners and agricultural producers throughout Northeast Texas on the production and usage of biodiesel fuel that will improve their energy efficiency and profitability. The program will also assist patrons with processing equipment and with application for renewable energy system grants. 

Dr. Andrea Graham, College of Science  and Engineering, received a $12,900.00 grant from Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for "A&M-Commerce Engineering Summer Program."  It will offer the opportunity for female middle school students who have demonstrated ability in STEM areas to be work in teams on several STEM projects ranging from programming robots to designing and creating model wood bridges.

Dr. Larry LemanskiCollege of Biological & Environmental Sciences, received a $1,600,000.00 grant from Chancellor's Research Initiative (CRI) for the purchase of specialized scientific equipment for the new Biomedical Institute for Regenerative Medicine (BIRR) and recruitment of a new professor and two new assistant professors to conduct research in the institute.

Dr. Brittany Hott,College of Education and Human Services, received a $89,733.00 grant from Greater Texas Foundation for "Project DREAM: Developing Rural Educators’ Algebra Methods."

Dr. Gilbert Nazier, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, received a $1,396,421 grant from the Texas Teacher Residency Program for "An Apprenticeship Model for Texas."

Dr. Gilbert Nazier, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, received a $150,000 grant from The Higher Education Coordinating Board for "Integrated Mathematics & Science for 4-6th Grade."

Dr. Jeffrey Kopachena, School of Science & Engineering, received a $10,141.04 grant from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts for "The potential role of Red Imported Fire Ants (Solenopsis invicta) on Monarch (Danaus plexippus) reproductive recruitment in northeast Texas."

William Newton, School of Science & Engineering, received $74,981 grant from National Science Foundation for "A Community-Based Approach to Building the Capacity of Physics Teacher Preparation!"

Unal SakogluSchool of Science & Engineering, received $6,686 grant from Global Enterprise Management Solutions at ProQuest for "Enterprise Information Management"

Mignon KangSchool of Science & Engineering, received $5,000 grant from KNOWCK! for "Deep Learning on Intelligent Systems for Digital Signage"

Jose Lopez, School of Agriculture, received $500 travel grant from Southern Agricultural Economics Association for "2016 SAEA Undergraduate Quiz Bowl Competition"

Venugopalan Cheriyath, School of Science & Engineering, received $141,471 grant from National Institutes of Health for "Target Identification and Validation to Overcome Antiestrogen Resistance in ER+ Breast Cancer"

Veronica Reed, Student Support Services, received a $1.92 million grant from Federal Department of Education for "TRIO Student Services Program"

Venugopalan Cheriyath, School of Science & Engineering, received $147,700 grant from National Institutes of Health for "Myelodysplastic Syndrome Target Identification and Validation"