ACU’s QEP of Pursuit

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This is a copy of ACU’s Quality Enhancement Plan: Pursuit.            pdf icon

Congratulations to 2015-2016 Pursuit Research Fellows

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Pursuit Research Grant Fellows for 2015-2016 included the following:

  • Stephen Baldridge (School of Social Work),
  • Dale Bertram and Heidi Morris (Marriage and Family Studies),
  • Rob Byrd (School of Information Technology and Computing),
  • Adam Hester (Theatre),
  • Darby Hewitt (Engineering and Physics),
  • Andrew Huddleston (Teacher Education),
  • Jennifer Huddleston (Biology),
  • Rebecca Hunter (Biology),
  • Sarah Lee (Chemistry and Biochemistry),
  • Gregory Powell (Chemistry and Biochemistry),
  • Matthew Steele (Engineering and Physics), and
  • Qiang Xu (Biology).

Thirteen faculty-mentored projects were funded and included 16 student researchers to work on the projects.

Pursuit Research Grant Information

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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).

End of Project Reports:

Faculty Reports: When the project is complete at the end of the fiscal year on or before May 16, the faculty member must submit the two following documents as attachments to an email:

Faculty Assessment of Project

Grants Budget Report

Student Reports: All mentored students are responsible for two documents due on or before May 16:

1.  A research journal (blog) has been set up for each research project. For ideas on types of questions to consider look at the following link (but do not place your journal on the link):

Student Research Journal The link also includes questions to answer at the end of the project. The journal for each project is a blog in which the student researchers keep a log of their progress,  reflect upon their activities, and respond to End-of-Project Questions at the close of the project. Please do not place the journal responses on the Pursuit Blog.

2.  Student Self-Assessment of Project Report This is a Google form that asks you to evaluate the project.

Please contact the Pursuit Office for further details.

Pursuit Travel Grants Summary Report

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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.

Important: Faculty mentors must be traveling with the student to the conference.

In summary, the impact on faculty and student travel to conferences can not fully be quantified, but raw numbers are found below:

2012-2013 — 25 faculty and students traveled to conferences to present their research or creative activities. A total of $19, 994 funded the travel.

2013-2014 — 23 faculty and their students traveled to conferences. A total of $16, 520 funded the travel.

2014-2015 —  15 faculty and their 47 students traveled to conferences. A total of $16, 087 funded the travel.

2015-2016 —  29 faculty and their 63 students traveled to conferences to share and present their research or creative activities. The funding total for the year was $38, 136. Note: this funding included moneys that were diverted from other budget lines due to this being the final year of the QEP.

Total for the 4 years of Travel Grants: 92 faculty and their students. 





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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

Pursuit Grants–Research and Travel

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Pursuit funds two types of grants. There are Pursuit Research Grants and Pursuit Travel Grants.

Pursuit Research Grants

  • Purpose
    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.
  • Goals
    • Increase faculty mentoring of students in research and creative activities
    • Promote research publication and presentation
    • Increase student opportunities for research and creative expression
  • Funding
    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:  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.

Research Opportunities

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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:

Examples for Grant Writers

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Check out the samples of portions of grant proposals from 2012-2013 applications.

Pursuit Grant News

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Abilene Reporter News Article

Physics Connections

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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.

COBA Faculty and Student Kudos

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At ACU’s Annual Research Festival and at the 15th Annual North Texas Area Student Conference 2011, our faculty and students added great value to the program.  Below are listed some of their work.

Social Science Presentation Award:
A Student-Created Textbook Replacement – Courtney Richardson and Courtney Martin (Mark Phillips, Management Sciences)

Paper Presentations:
The Virtuous Entrepreneur – Jess Weeden (Orneita Burton, Management Sciences)

Charity Volunteer Motivations – Ellen Pfeiffer (Laura Phillips, Management Sciences)

A Student-Created Textbook Replacement – Courtney Richardson and Courtney Martin (Mark Phillips, Management Sciences)

Learning and Growing: The Economic Impact of Higher Education in Abilene – Joseph Austin (Monty Lynn, Management Sciences)

Mobile Textbook App – Brittany Rae and Ellen Kight (John Homer, SITC)

Improving an Existing Game System – Clement Ho (Brent Reeves, SITC)

Reinforcement Learning in Virtual and Physical Domains – Nigel Bosch and Emily Phenix (Ray Pettit, SITC)

E-Commerce Web Presence – Josh Dowdy, Oswald Ingraham, Tyler Nolan and Clay Selby (Brent Reeves, SITC)

Constraint Based Student Arrangements – Jason Mar, Andrew Kinnaman, Nathanael McConnel, and Thomas Prince (Brent Reeves, SITC)

Entertainment on Mobile Devices – Brittany Kight, Steven Peterson, and Seth Poplaski (Brent Reeves, SITC)

What is Your Number? – Joshua Evans, Laura Holt, Christiana Kotyk, and Aaron Parker (Brent Reeves, SITC)

Device Use on a Futuristic Campus – Morgan Davis, Dody Duncum, and Daniel Tomkins (Brent Reeves, SITC)
Poster Presentation:
Serious Games in Learning – Michelle Brothers (Brian Burton, SITC)