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FAMU has Received More Than $13 Million for Research
October 31, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been awarded more than $13 million in funding from various agencies to provide education and training for underrepresented minority students pursuing the Ph.D. in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and professional disciplines to strengthen ongoing research in plant and animal sciences.
   
The funding agencies, amounts and programs are as follows:


National Institute of Food and Agriculture/USDA$1,067,323

U.S. Department of Education   $1,435,075
 
Health Resources and Services Administration

National Science Foundation

 
$6,400,000


$4,587,000 

 

From the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences to the Institute of Public Health, FAMU will conduct research and provide services that will impact the future of the state of Florida and the nation by providing the resources for students pursuing careers in the health profession fields and STEM disciplines.

The National Science Foundation awarded principal investigator Ralph Turner, 3M Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the College of Science and Technology, $3.6 million for a five-year project titled “Florida - Georgia LSAMP.”  FAMU proposes to serve as the host and lead institution for the 2012-2017 Florida Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation project (FGLSAMP). FGLSAMP is comprised of 14 institutions: Albany State University, Bethune-Cookman University; Florida International University; Florida Memorial College; Florida State University; University of Florida; University of South Florida; University of Central Florida: University of Miami; Tallahassee Community College; Miami Dade College; Florida State College at Jacksonville; and Florida Gulf Coast University. FGLSAMP is seeking to continue to employ its current program model while enhancing and focusing upon critical junctures for successful matriculation through the STEM academic pipeline.

Cynthia Hughes Harris, dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences, received funding totaling $2.6 million for four years from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, to provide scholarships for disadvantaged students in occupational therapy.

Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Michael Thompson received more than $2.6 million for four years to help disadvantaged students pursuing bachelor or graduate degrees in pharmacy.  The program will provide needed scholarship tuition, other reasonable educational expenses (i.e. books), and reasonable living expenses per year based on need and other financial awards.

Cynthia M. Harris, director of the Institute of Public Health, is the principal investigator for a project titled “Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students Graduate degree in Public Health,” which received more than $1.2 million for four years.  The program will provide support for professional degree-seeking students in the Institute of Public Health graduate program. This program will provide needed scholarship tuition, other reasonable educational expenses (i.e. books), and reasonable living expenses per year based on need and other financial awards.

Other FAMU faculty that have received funding awards are as follows:

Mehbob B. Sheikh, College of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Project Title: An Integrative Transcriptome, Proteome and Metabolome Approach for Better Understanding Plant - Pathogen Interactions in Grape
Description: This research will provide hands-on experiential learning to African-American students and help build capacity and competency at FAMU in disease research to strengthen ongoing research in plant and animal sciences.

Stephen Leong, College of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Project Title: Youth Development Summer Inst. Phase II: Enhancement of Research and Extension Learning Lab in Search of Next George Washington Carver
Description: The purpose of this Phase II project is to expand and enhance the teaching, research and extension learning laboratories throughout the college by converting them into environments that will enable students to recognize the relationship between FASTEM coursework and their hands-on experiential activities, and to eradicate fear of the STEMs.

Muhammad Haseeb, College of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Project Title: Enhancing the Capacity of Urban Agriculture in North Florida Using Best Management of Farming Practices
Description: The proposed project is critical to strengthen the capacity of FAMU in recruitment, training, extension and outreach activities. This will certainly enhance the capacity of urban agriculture in North Florida.

Vonda Richardson, College of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Project Title: Reaching a New Generation of Agro-Entrepreneurs Through Enhanced Program Delivery Strategies
Description: This grant will provide educational opportunities and technical assistance that improve the likelihood of success for the next generation of small farmers by equipping new and beginning farmers with relevant knowledge and skills.

William E. Hudson Jr., Student Services
Project Title: Reaching Upward Bound Math and Science Program
Description: This project proposes to conduct an Upward Bound Regional Institute of Math and Science to serve participants during the academic and summer year.  This program is designed to contribute to the successful completion of the students overall postsecondary education leading to careers in the fields of math and science.

Ralph Turner, 3M Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the College of Science and Technology
Project Title: Getting the Ph.D.
Description: This program aims to provide support for the education and training of underrepresented minorities pursuing the doctorate in STEM disciplines who met the criteria of the LSAMP Bridge to the doctorate under the Alliances for Broadening Participation solicitation, and accepted for admission into the University of Florida.

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