1890 Research awards $50k for summer research

Thursday, June 20, 2013

SC State University’s 1890 Research & Extension Program awarded $50,000 in grant funding to faculty whose proposals align with 1890 Research’s mission of improving quality of life through innovation and discovery.

The Summer Excellence Research Opportunity Grant (SEROG) awards up to $10,000 in funding for summer research projects. The intent of the grant program is to give faculty researchers time to develop preliminary  research results, which will ultimately be submitted to external funding agencies. Recipients of the grant are required to develop a full proposal during the length of the award period. By summer’s end, researchers must have completed the full proposal, and it must be submitted within a year to external funding agencies.

The 1890 Research Program has already experienced success with the design of the SEROG. A recipient of  the 2012 SEROG, Dr. Regina Lemmon, assistant professor of speech pathology and audiology, was awarded a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop STARS, a scholarship program that trains culturally and linguistically diverse speech-language pathologists, who are SC State graduate students.

For the 2013 SEROG cycle, 1890 Research awarded five faculty researchers, who began their studies June 1 and will continue through July 31.

The selected faculty researchers and titles of their proposed studies include:

  • Dr. Demarcus Bush, professor of health sciences/speech pathology, “Cultural Competence in Healthcare: A Focus on SLP and PA Students to Improve Student Workforce Preparation.” This project will examine the awareness, skills and application of cultural competency of Speech Language Pathology (SLP) and Physician Assistant (PA) graduate students prior to working with culturally diverse populations.

  • Dr. Uwakwe Chukwu, assistant professor of industrial and electrical engineering technology, “Harvesting Vibration Energy from Tractor Suspension Systems for Supporting Agricultural Energy Needs.” This research will investigate methods to harvest and to convert the energy expended from agricultural tractors so that it can be used to meet the energy needs of agricultural activities.

  • Dr. Frankie Collins, assistant professor of health and physical education, “A Study of the Effectiveness of Exercise and Nutrition Interventions on Childhood Obesity.” This research will compare the effectiveness of various obesity intervention methods (physical activity and nutritional education counseling) of elementary school children and determine which method will have a profound effect on children’s physical activities and eating behaviors.

  • Dr. Omari Dyson, assistant professor of teacher education, “The Initiative to Combat Obesity Now (I.C.O.N.).” This research will serve as an intervention and prevention program for obese and overweight middle and high school youth. I.C.O.N. is designed to encourage a balance between physical engagement and proper nutritional management.

  • Dr. Abdul Miah, professor of industrial and electrical engineering, “A New Methodology for the Purpose of Local Control of Transient Stability.” This research seeks to further develop a power system stability methodology that will be useful in reducing the number of electrical blackouts.


“I’m looking forward to the new research that is being conducted this summer,” said Dr. Louis Whitesides, 1890 Research administrator. “I believe that each of the new projects will make an immediate impact in these areas of research, and I have confidence that each one of the projects has the potential to immediately gain interest of external granting agencies that will continue to fund the researchers.”