FUNDED PROPOSALS: (8/1/2011 – 8/31/2011)

CONGRATULATIONS! The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $1,885,089 in external grant and contract awards:


Ms. Dianne Cox, Director of Financial Aid, secured $100,000 from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation to fund the Reduction-in-Force Severance Benefit College Tuition Assistance Program for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Participants in the program are former State of Tennessee employees who lost their jobs through a reduction-in-force.


Mr. Matt Greenwell, UC Foundation Professor and Head of the Art Department, was awarded $41,671 from the Hunter Museum of American Art to engage a faculty member to serve as the Museum’s Contemporary Curator during the 2011-2012 academic year.  As the Contemporary Curator, Nandini Makrandi, Clinical Assistant Professor of Art History at UTC, will manage the museum’s permanent collection of contemporary art and organize exhibitions.


Dr. Hunter Huckabay, Director of UTC’s GEAR UP initiative in Hamilton County, acquired $537,791 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the work of Hamilton County GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs).  GEAR UP is a program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.  Dr. Huckabay and his staff work with economically disadvantaged students from the seventh grade through high school, striving to increase the academic improvement of the students, build their motivation and confidence, and increase parent and community involvement in the students’ college preparation.


Dr. Bill McClay, SunTrust Chair of Excellence in Humanities, acquired $2,000 from the Jack Miller Center to support a Constitution Day Lecture on the UTC campus in September. This lecture will serve as a kick-off function for the soon-to-be-launched Center for Reflective Citizenship (CRC) at UTC.  Lieutenant General Josiah Bunting III, an educator, military officer, college president, and distinguished author, will be speaking on “The First and Greatest Generation and Its Successor” – an examination of the men who helped to found America.


Drs. Sandy Watson and Steve Kuhn, Co-Directors of UTeaChattanooga, secured $1,199,727 from the National Science Foundation to establish the UTeaChattanooga Noyce Scholarship Program.  The program will provide scholarships and internship opportunities for STEM majors seeking teacher licensure.  Drs. Watson and Kuhn hope that this teacher education program will increase the number and diversity of talented UTC math, science, engineering and computer science students entering the teaching field and assuming positions of educational leadership.


Mr. Kim Wheetley, Director of UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, acquired $3,900 from the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) in support of the 2012 National Arts & Education Forum in May 2012.  TAC funding will provide honorariums for nationally known experts in arts education, arts integration, and professional development to help plan, present sessions, and facilitate this year’s conference. Participants from across the country will discuss how artistic concepts can be integrated into the curriculum.


SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (8/1/2011 – 8/31/2011)


The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $939,307 in external funding, if awarded:


Drs. Yu Cao and Li Yang (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $382,528 from the National Science Foundation for a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site on Biomedical Informatics.  The three year program is designed to provide a diverse group of talented undergraduates with intense research experience and to encourage these students to consider a career in Computer Science.  If funded, UTC will collaborate with biomedical researchers and healthcare practitioners from the UT College of Medicine-Chattanooga and Erlanger Health Systems to conduct the project.


Dr. Richard Jackson, Professor of English, requested $2,000 from Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga to conduct the Meacham Writers Workshops in 2011.  Occurring biannually, the workshops are free and open to the public and consist of readings, discussion sessions, and group conferences.


Drs. Li Yang, Joseph Kizza, Jack Thompson, and Ms. Kathy Winters (Computer Science) requested $554,779 from the National Science Foundation for a program that will provide scholarships to low-income and academically talented students preparing for careers in computer science and computer engineering.  The program will support these students by grouping them into freshman and upper-division transfer student cohorts, providing extensive tutoring and mentoring services, and offering them real-world business experiences.

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