grant programs

For the Record: Feb. 18, 2010

Brent Sumerlin, Chemistry, Dedman College, has been selected as a 2010-2012 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The award carries a grant of $50,000 to support his research. The Sloan Research Fellowships “seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise,” according to the foundation’s website. The 2-year fellowships are awarded annually to 118 researchers “in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.” More than 30 Sloan Research Fellows have won Nobel Prizes later in their careers.

Ron Wetherington, Anthropology, Dedman College, has been selected to receive a “Friend of Darwin” award from the National Center for Science Education. Wetherington, who also serves as director of SMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence, was honored for his advocacy on behalf of science by the NCSE, which supports the teaching of evolution in public schools. Read more.

Dec. 1 deadline for Research and Travel Grant Program

The fall deadline is fast approaching for faculty members applying to the 2010 Research and Travel Grant Program. The University Research Council will accept applications through Dec. 1, 2009.

All full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty members are eligible to submit proposals. For faculty members up for contract renewal, awards will be contingent upon renewal. Proposals from junior faculty and proposals that may lead in the near future to external funding are encouraged.

About 40 grants have been awarded annually for the past few years. Grants will not exceed $10,000 and must be used within 12 months of award.

Proposals may also be submitted for consideration during the Spring 2010 term; the deadline is April 1. There will not be a separate call for proposals for the April 1 deadline.

Find submission forms and guidelines at the University Research Council web page. For more information, call the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, 214-768-4336.

Seven receive 2009-10 Sam Taylor Fellowships

For the second year in a row, seven SMU faculty members have received Sam Taylor Fellowships from the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund of the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

The Sam Taylor Fellowships, funded by income from a portion of Taylor’s estate, award up to $2,000 for full-time faculty members at United Methodist-related colleges and universities in Texas. Any full-time faculty member is eligible to apply for the Fellowships, which support research “advancing the intellectual, social, or religious life of Texas and the nation.”

Applications are evaluated on the significance of the project, clarity of the proposal, professional development of the applicant, value of the project to the community or nation, and the project’s sensitivity to value questions confronting higher education and society.

The winning professors for 2009-10, and their projects:

Sarah Allen, Division of Music, Meadows School of the Arts, for research on motor skill acquisition in music learning.

Jill deTemple Religious Studies, Dedman College, for research in Ecuador on a faith-based women’s development organization.

Robert Hunt, Director of Global Theological Education, Perkins School of Theology, for research in the Indonesian Archipelago on shared Christian-Muslim culture and relations.

Sheri Kunovich Sociology, Dedman College, to study female political candidates and the voting system in Poland.

Rubén Sanchez-Godoy Foreign Languages and Literatures, Dedman College, for archival research in Salvador, Brazil, and Peru, on 17th-century representations of slavery.

Susanne Scholz, Perkins School of Theology, to interview and produce a documentary DVD series on pioneering feminist theologians.

Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Perkins School of Theology, for her research on identity and faith formation in cross-cultured children of missionaries.

For more information on the Fellowships, including application instructions, contact Kathleen Hugley-Cook, director of the University’s Office of National Fellowships and Awards.

Visit SMU’s National Fellowships and Awards homepage

Bright ideas: 2009 President’s Partners grants fund campus innovation

Researchers in the classroomSMU faculty and staff members have received 2009 President’s Partners grants to implement innovative projects that range from making it easier for wheelchair students to take exams to sharpening researchers’ budgeting and proposal-writing skills.

University faculty and staff members support their colleagues’ work through their contributions to the program, which can be made by credit card, check and payroll deduction. Make a contribution or apply for a grant at the President’s Partners website.

Learn more about this year’s projects under the link.


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Big recognition for Big iDeas

Ten student teams have been awarded grants through SMU’s Big iDeas program to research big challenges facing the Dallas area, ranging from energy and the environment to education and health care.

The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, which launched Big iDeas in 2008, announced the interdisciplinary teams based on the recommendations of a review panel. The panel included SMU faculty, students and staff, along with a representative from the Dallas City Manager’s Office and the Communities Foundation of Texas.

“This year’s proposals once again reveal the talent, insight and ambition of SMU’s undergraduates,” Provost Paul Ludden says. “Big iDeas allows these students to develop their interests and career paths, while also building bridges between SMU and the Dallas community.”

The students will present their projects to the SMU community in April at the Big iDeas Symposium and will report on their progress in the fall.

See a list of the winning projects at SMU News
• Watch video from one of last year’s Big iDeas projects, Health ‘n’ Motion: Part 1 and Part 2 video
Visit the Big iDeas website

(Right, as part of the 2008 Big iDeas research project Health ‘n’ Motion, student researchers talked to families about nutrition and fitness.)

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