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2015-2016 STAR Grant Recipients

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Applied Research (STAR) Grants Program

 The purpose of the STAR Grants program for Faculty and Staff is threefold:

  1. To fund instructional research projects that will benefit the JCSU teaching and learning community
  2. To build capacity at JCSU for faculty and staff to engage in further externally- funded research
  3. To provide students with research experiences that enhance their research skill development and prepare them graduate school or research-related careers
  4. To support and build a culture of research that benefits the JCSU community


The Smith Institute for Applied Research at Johnson C. Smith University concentrates on specific research questions that address some of the most pressing issues of our day. The Institute supports faculty to help students master research skills required for success in academia and the workplace. Recipients of STAR Grants for Fall 2015 are:

Name Department/College Project Title Team Members
Monika Rhue Library Employability: Promoting Student Intelligence
Tracy Brown Chemistry Investigating Perspectives of Current Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Students to Improve Recruitment and Retention Danielle Excell (biology major, junior), Terry Muldrow (Biology major, junior), Jennifer Phipps (computer science, senior)
Wanda Ebright Visual & Performing Arts Evaluating Professional Readiness in Dance Students: Surya Swilley, Njeri Rutherford, Amina Kane, Fredrico Harrell, Brittane Goines, and Marissa Duff
Deborah Carter Quick Criminal Justice Cindy Lane/Dillon Lakes Neighborhood Survey 6 Criminology Students


In Fall 2015, Smith Institute introduced the STAR Student Grants which fund faculty-mentored projects proposed by students based on students’ interests. This program is designed to support the Smith Institute’s aims to provide more opportunities for students to engage in research and to promote a culture of research excellence. Student recipients for Fall 2015 are:

Name Major Mentor Project Title
Ramon Garibaldo-Valdez Political Science LaTonya Williams The Impatient Giant: The Non-Electoral Mobilization of Latinos in the South
Dayonya Henderson Psychology Ruth Greene Attendance Matters: A  School Based Parental Engagement Intervention to Facilitate  Student Achievement

STAR Grant recipients will present their research at the JCSU Research Symposium in Fall 2016.

For more information about the STAR Grant Program, contact Dr. Sarah Minslow x 1306 sminslow@jcsu.edu

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