Pursuit Research Grant Fellows for 2014-2015
Congratulations are in order to the Pursuit Research Grant Fellows for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. The following faculty and their research topics are listed below:
Stephen Baldridge – Biopsychosocial Factors Associated with Emotional Resiliency in Children 9-18 Undergoing Cancer Treatment
|T. Brian Cavitt – Design and Characterization of Novel Clay Nanocomposite Photointiators for Use in Barrier Coatings|
|Matthew Garver – Running Economy, Anaerobic Metabolism, and Maximal Aerobic Capacity in Recreationally-Trained Endurance Athletes Using Simulated Altitude Devices|
|J. Darby Hewitt – Determining Interaction Potentials through the Analysis of Alkali-Rare Gas Absorption Spectra|
|Bruce Hopkins – Distributed Drug Discovery|
|Jennifer Huddleston – Continuing the Investigation of Genes Responsible for Natural Genetic Transformation of Members of the Bacterial Genus Aeromonas|
|Ryan Jessup – Testing an Integrated Model of Learning and Decision Making|
|Sarah Lee – Extreme Makover Chromatin Edition|
|Laura Phillips – Pay-what-you-want Pricing for Goods with Embedded Social Value|
|Gregory L. Powell – New Metal-Organic Frameworks|
|Matthew Steele – Literature Review and Design of West Texas Aquaponics Systems|
|John Weaver - Constructionist Learning Across the Curriculum: Re-imagining Abilene Christian University as a Maker Space|
The Pursuit Research Grant application is available on the ACU website: ACU Internal Grants Application
Welcome to the Pursuit Blog. For information about Pursuit Research Grants, please follow the link to the ACU website where you can find information about the Pursuit Program. Follow this link: Quality Enhancement Plan–Pursuit
Since Pursuit Research Grants are a part of our Research Literacy initiative for SACS, each component of the initiative must be assessed to determine its worth and value to the students, faculty, and University. Pursuit Research Fellows will submit the following documents at the end of their project’s funding (generally, in May of each year at the end of the fiscal year).
The faculty member must submit the two following documents:
The mentored students are responsible for two documents:
Student Self-Assessment of Project Report (a Google form located at the link)
Please contact the Pursuit Office for further details.
The application can be found at ACU Internal Grants Application
Note: Travel Funds Applications for Summer 2014 will be considered for funding during the month of April. Deadline for summer applications is Tuesday, April 22 by 5:00 pm. Notification of funding will be made on or before Friday, April 25, 2014
The Abilene Christian University (ACU) Pursuit Travel Grant Fund was established in 2012 as a part of ACU’s Quality Enhancement Plan. The purpose of the fund is to support conference expenses of students and their faculty mentors as they present research or scholarship findings, or creative activities.
Pursuit Travel Funds are available for faculty/student travel to conferences to present and showcase research performed collaboratively between faculty and students. Funding has a maximum of $2,000 ($1,000 for the faculty mentor and $1,000 for the student researcher(s).
Follow the link below to access the Faculty-Student Application for Travel Funds for oral and poster presentations, juried shows, and performances. Applications are considered three times during the academic year for funding faculty/student travel. Note: Faculty mentors must be traveling with the student to the conference.
Information for Pursuit Research Funding and Travel to Conferences may be found by clicking on the link in the sidebar for Pursuit Funding.
This report provides the Pursuit Office with an interim look at the progress of Pursuit Research Grants.
Pursuit funds two types of grants. There are Pursuit Research Grants and Pursuit Travel Grants.
Pursuit Research Grants
The purpose of the competitive Pursuit Research Grants program is to enrich student learning, support faculty development, and enhance the quality and reputation of academic programs by providing funding to support student and faculty research, external research grants, and promote research presentation and publication. Funding may be used to conduct research or creative endeavors. Proposals must document faculty partnerships with student(s) in all phases.
- Increase faculty mentoring of students in research and creative activities
- Promote research publication and presentation
- Increase student opportunities for research and creative expression
Funding provides for faculty and students stipends to work together on projects, both scholarly and creative. Funding supports the time commitments of the faculty and student to collaborate for a year-long project, starting at the onset of a fiscal year.
For more information follow this link: http://www.acu.edu/academics/orsp/grants/application-internal-grants.html Deadline to apply is January 28, 2013.
Pursuit Travel Grants
Information regarding Pursuit Travel Grants can be found on a post below. There are three grant cycles coinciding with the academic year–fall, spring, and summer. Dates for spring and summer applications are found below.
The most recent newsletter from the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) includes a number of funding opportunities for faculty and undergraduate research students. The following link should take you to the website, then scroll down until you see listing for opportunities:
Check out the samples of portions of grant proposals from 2012-2013 applications.
The ACU Department of Physics has a long history of including our students in our world-class research programs. Our students work side-by-side with mentoring Christian faculty members. The results of our work are published in peer-reviewed journals with our students as our co-authors.
- For more than 30 years the Nuclear Physics Research Group has conducted research at national laboratories. During the past 3 years more than 30 students have worked with us on three research projects investigating the internal structure of the proton and making precision measurements needed to build the next generation of nuclear power plants. Primarily funded by research grants from the Department of Energy, funding for this year is almost half a million dollars. Plans for the summer of 2011 include 15 students working at 5 different national laboratories (Los Alamos National Lab, Brookhaven National Lab, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Idaho National Laboratory).
- The Solid State Research Group is our newest research group and the department’s only completely on-campus experimental efforts. This group uses phonon-imaging techniques to measure the acoustic properties of crystals. Seven students have worked with this group during the past 3 years.
- Plans for the future of our department include adding an ABET accredited engineering degree. With the addition of an engineering program, new research opportunities and internships for our students will be available.