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STAR Grant Award 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


Recipients of STAR Grants include:

Project Title Principal Investigator Other team members
Employability: Promoting Student Intelligence Monika Rhue
Investigating Perspectives of Current Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Students to Improve Recruitment and Retention Tracy Brown Danielle Excell (biology major, junior), Terry Muldrow (Biology major, junior), Jennifer Phipps (computer science, senior)
Evaluating Professional Readiness in Dance Wanda Ebright Students: Surya Swilley, Njeri Rutherford, Amina Kane, Fredrico Harrell, Brittane Goines, and Marissa Duff
Cindy Lane/Dillon Lakes Neighborhood Survey Deborah Carter Quick 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 include:

Project Title Student Principal Investigator Faculty Mentor
The Impatient Giant: The Non-Electoral Mobilization of Latinos in the South Ramon Garibaldo-Valdez LaTonya Williams
Attendance Matters: A  School Based Parental Engagement Intervention to Facilitate  Student Achievement Davonya Henderson Ruth Greene

Selected Previous Smith Institute Grant Recipients

Project Title

Principal Investigator

Other team members

Metacognitive Factors that Impact Student Success

Antonio Henley

Anthropometric Measurements and Lipid Variables as Predictors of Cardiovascular Disease in College Students: A Pilot Study

Indu Gopal


How Does a Father’s Involvement Impact a Child’s Academic Progress in the Northwest Corridor: The 4-D Project

Tanya Greene

Demesha Leathers, Dezette Johnson, Pastor Percy Dunn
(ext), Ms. Neal (Bruns Avenue Elementary), JCSU MSW Students

UBUNTU (I AM BECAUSE WE ARE): Understanding the Psychosocial Impact of Undergraduate Peer Mentorship

Marsha Rhee

Katrina Watterson (Spanish); Refiloe Seakamela (student),
Jasmine Hall (student)

Breast Reconstruction and Body Image

Harriet Richard

Antonia Mead (HHP), Precious Battle (student), Frantzcise
Prince (student), Trudy Richards (student)

Serological Survey of Trypanosoma cruzi in raccoons from Tennessee

Alexa Rosypal

Pashuan Chisholm (student), Trynecia Smith (student)

Project Title

Principal Investigator


Quantitative Stability-Flexibility Relationships (QSFR) in Sickled and Normal Hemoglobin

Timothy Champion

The Freedom Riders of Johnson C. Smith University at the Arts Factory

Wanda Ebright

Study Abroad and Applied Research in Senegal, West Africa

Adelheid Eubanks

From Cotton Fields to Classrooms: Freed Slaves attend JCSU

Jonathan Hutchins

Saving the Elderly: preventing abuse in later life

Dezette Johnson

Eisenhower Presidential Library Field Excursion

Brian Jones

Incivilities, neighborhood association participation, and neighborhood safety, satisfaction, and evaluations of police

Tom Priest

Environmental perceptions, beliefs, and behavior among African American neighborhood residents & college students

Deborah Quick

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