Funded Proposals (8/1/2014-8/31/2014)


The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $607,999 in external grant and contract awards:

Ms. Twyler Boykin, Project Director of Upward Bound Math and Science, attracted $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the Promoting Resolve in Science and Math (PRISM) program during the 2014-15 academic year.  The goal of PRISM is to strengthen the math and science skills of local high school students from low-income communities and to encourage these students to pursue postsecondary degrees in these fields.


Mr. Andy Carroll, Geographic Information Systems Manager at the Center for Academic and Innovative Technologies (CAIT), attracted $15,000 from the Benwood Foundation to provide GIS (geographic information system) services through UTC’s CAIT. Funds will help build the capacity and capability of GIS resources at UTC.


Dr. Ralph Hood, Professor of Psychology, secured $78,592 from the Templeton Foundation via UT Knoxville to investigate the question, “Do different people see Jesus differently in their mind’s eye?” The study will use innovate techniques that will allow undergraduates and community members to depict their individual, visual images of Jesus.


Ms. Cynthia Wallace Long, Director of UTC’s Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), attracted $263,047 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the work of the center. The EOC assists adult residents in the region as they enroll in GED programs and complete the college admissions process.


Dr. Niki Tejero, Assistant Professor of Music, secured $1,360 from the Tennessee Arts Commission to support the 2015 River City Clarinet Winter Festival. The festival will feature a variety of activities, including a lecture, master class, concert performances, round table discussion on topics relating to clarinet playing, musical artistry, and a high school solo competition.


Submitted Proposals (8/1/2014 – 8/31/2014)


The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $1,150,024 in external funding, if awarded:


Dr. Lucien Ellington (Education), Dr. Sidney Lu (History), and Ms. Asami Nakano, UTC’s Japan Outreach Coordinator, in collaboration with UTK, requested $5,000 from The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership to implement a two-day teacher professional development program. The program will enable teachers to integrate activities about Japan into middle and high school World History and Geography courses.


Dr. Peggy Kovach, Mr. Mark Harvey (STEM Education Center,) and Ms. Marcy Porter (Nursing) requested $556,011 from the National Science Foundation to implement a scholarship program for undergraduate students enrolled in the STEM Education Program. The scholarship program aims to increase the number of graduates prepared to enter the STEM workforces, pursue a career in secondary education, or obtain an advanced degree in one of the STEM disciplines.


Dr. Deborah McAllister (Education) requested $12,750 from the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium to conduct workshops that will be an early professional development experience for elementary grades preservice teachers. The goals of the workshops are to improve participants’ skills in mathematics and science and encourage them to plan math and science experiences and activities in which their future students will actively participate.


Drs. Manuel Santiago, Stefanie Whitson, Nicky Ozbek, Cuilan Gao, Jose Barbosa, David Giles, Yukie Kajita, David Levine, Amanda Clark, and Gary Maynard (UTC Research Center for Applied Biomolecular, Behavioral, and Health Studies) requested $341,972 from the National Science Foundation to provide undergraduates with cross-disciplinary research opportunities in the structure, function, and application of biomolecular systems.The program aims to provide students with the opportunity to practice critical thinkingskillsand learn to integrate principles from across disciplinesto address singular real-world problems.


Dr. Mina Sartipi (Computer Science and Engineering), in collaboration with Georgia Tech, requested $234,291 from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to conduct research on advanced microsystems and techniques for jam-resistant radio frequency communications. The project aims to reduce the effect of noise, interference, and jamming of communication channels and design analog and digital convertors considering the constraints on receiver size, weight, and power consumption.

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