Southeast Announces First Recipients of Undergraduate, Faculty-Mentored Student Research Grants

atmaramani and ghsohSoutheast Missouri State University has announced the recipients of two new internal grant programs promoting student research — Undergraduate Research Grants and Faculty-Mentored Student Research and Creative Activity Grants — initiated this fall.  The Undergraduate Research Grant initiative is funded by Student Government.

“The Office of the Provost is very pleased to support and facilitate funding for student research and creative activity, particularly through our new program funded by Student Government sponsoring undergraduate research,” said Dr. Karl Kunkel, Southeast provost. “Both of these initiatives provide exceptional learning opportunities for 27 of our students as they become intimately familiar with the research and creative activity process through either working on a team mentored by faculty or conducting a project with a faculty supervisor.  I see these programs as directly linked to our University mission of providing student-centered and experiential learning.”

Undergraduate Research Grants

Four students have been awarded Undergraduate Research Grants to support a research project conducted under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. The awards, up to $500, must be used for equipment, consumables or travel involved with data gathering.

The recipients are:

  • Chloe Dunaway of Rolla, Missouri, who was awarded a $500 grant for a project titled, “Increasing Family Engagement in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Education, to be conducted in the Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education under the supervision of Dr. Susan Davis, assistant professor of elementary, early and special education, and Dr. Julie Ray, associate professor of elementary, early and special education.
  • Varun Sadaphal of Delhi, India, who was awarded a $500 grant for a project titled, “Synthesis and Characterization of Iron and Gold Nanoparticle Decorated Carbon Nanotubes,” to be conducted in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics under the supervision of Dr. Santaneel Ghosh, associate professor of physics.
  • Christina Thomas of Arlington, Tennessee, who was awarded a $500 grant for a project titled, “Does Multitasking Impact a College Student’s Work?,” to be conducted in the Department of Psychology under the supervision of Alison Whiteford Damerall, assistant professor of psychology.
  • weathers-julie-and-lowman-samantha-croppedAmanda Carpenter of Shelbina, Missouri, who was awarded a $500 grant for a project titled, “Preferred Protein Source Taste Panel,” to be conducted in the Department of Agriculture under the supervision of Dr. Julie Weathers, professor of agriculture, and Samantha Lowman, instructor of agriculture.

Faculty-Mentored Student Research and Creative Activity Grants 

In addition, seven faculty members have been awarded Faculty-Mentored Student Research and Creative Activity Grants to help support undergraduate or graduate student research or creative activity projects in which the faculty members serve as mentors and their work is conducted outside their regular teaching load. The awards, up to $1,000, may be used for equipment, consumables and student travel to present results at an academic conference.

The recipients are:

  • Dr. Paul Watkins, professor of educational leadership and counseling, who was awarded a $1,000 grant for a project titled “Teacher Retention: Examining the Relationship Between Principal and Teacher Using Leader-Member Exchange Theory” to be conducted along with graduate student Robin Smith of Cape Girardeau, Southeast instructor of middle and secondary education.
  • Dr. Md Rashaduzzaman, assistant professor of polytechnic studies, who was awarded a $1,000 grant for a project titled “Experimental Verification of a 3-Phase Phase-Locked Loop with Low-Pass Notch Filter in Synchronous Reference Frame” to be conducted along with graduate student Tanzina Huq Tanny of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Dr. Jennifer Bengtson, assistant professor of anthropology, who was awarded a $969 grant for a project titled “Infant Mortuary Ceremonialism at the Hunze-Evans Site” to be conducted along with undergraduate students Kailey Green and Miranda Ballard, both of Jackson, Missouri; Autum Simmons of Chaffee, Missouri; and Shane Greaser of Cape Girardeau.
  • Dr. Santaneel Ghosh, associate professor of physics, who was awarded a $995 grant for a project titled “Enhanced Proliferation of Neural Stem Cells on Nano-Textured Substrates” to be conducted along with graduate student Siddhartha Mukherjee of Konnagar, India.
  • Dr. Kirsten LaMantia, assistant professor of educational leadership and counseling, who was awarded a $1,000 grant for a project titled “Autoethnography Exploring the Internal Process of Graduate Level Student Interns in the Counselors Education Training Clinic” to be conducted along with graduate students Ashley Angerer-Blunt of Cape Girardeau; Amy Turnbull of Moscow Mills, Missouri; Korey Crum of Bonne Terre, Missouri; Sara Dee of Festus, Missouri; and Ayesha Kadri of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • Dr. Marcia Brown-Haims, associate professor of communication disorders, who was awarded a $581 grant for a project titled “Construct Validity of the Children’s Communication Checklist-2” to be conducted along with graduate student Olivia Richardson of Festus, Missouri.
  • goeke-grojean Dr. Christopher Goeke, professor of music, who was awarded a $1,000 grant for a project titled “Conference Participation for the Undergraduate Voice Majors; Preparation for Post-Graduation Job Market Competition” to be conducted along with undergraduates Demi Avery of Sappington, Missouri; Jeremy Bates of Pacific, Missouri; Zaria Christopher and Bailey Schnurbusch, both of Cape Girardeau; Riley Kurre of Perryville, Missouri; Evan Johnston and Jadie Stoverink, both of Jackson, Missouri; Brittany Moleski of St. Louis, Missouri; Kendall Staggs of Jackson, Tennessee; and Kylie Toerpe of Downers Grove, Illinois.

Upon completing their projects, the Undergraduate Research Grant recipients and the recipients of the Faculty-Mentored Student Research and Creative Activity Grants must submit a report to the Office of the Provost describing their endeavor, their activities and/or students’ activities related to their project and their outcomes. Student awardees and involved students must submit their findings to the application process for presentation at the annual Student Research Conference in April.

Recipients of both the Undergraduate Research Grants and the Faculty-Mentored Student Research and Creative Activity Grants were selected by a five-person subcommittee of faculty on the Funding for Results Committee, selected by members of that committee, and a student representative selected by Student Government. Funding recommendations were made to the provost who made the final funding decisions. Fall applications were due Sept. 15. The spring deadline is Dec. 1.  Application packets for both awards should be submitted to the Office of the Provost, Academic Hall Room 130.