1890 Research awards university faculty for summer research

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


SC State University’s 1890 Research & Extension Program continued its research mission of improving quality of life in South Carolina through innovation and discovery, by awarding $30,000 in grant funding to faculty for summer research.


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.


For the 2014 SEROG cycle, 1890 Research awarded three university faculty members. Researchers began their studies June 2 and continued through July 31.


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

  • Dr. Ahmed Washington, assistant professor of counselor education, “A Phenomenological Investigation of Rural African American Males’ Post-Secondary Academic and Career Exploration Influences.” This project  explored factors (educational, social, etc.) that affect African American male students attending secondary schools in the Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five area, and the role they play on the student’s post-secondary and professional aspirations. The data gained from Washington’s research will be used in the design and implementation of academic and career exploration interventions for the respected population.


  • Dr. Geoffrey Collier, professor of social sciences, “Student Habits and Academic Disengagement: a Grant Proposal for the Department of Education.” This research investigated the various problems of inadequate study habits that post-secondary students possess.


  • Dr. Miriam Evans, assistant professor of health and physical education, “A Study of the Effectiveness of Environmental Health Promotion on Children’s Health: A Child Care Center Intervention.” This research investigated environmental health hazard settings in child care facilities in Orangeburg County. This program aims to increase the body of knowledge of environmental health hazards and techniques amongst child care providers.


“I cannot say enough how important the Summer Excellence Research Opportunity Grant is to the 1890 Research & Extension Program and the local community as well,” said Dr. Louis Whitesides, 1890 Research administrator. “Even though the duration of the grant is only for the summer, the potential impact that each research project can accomplish within that period is noteworthy,” Whitesides continued.


“I would like to first congratulate the selected faculty researchers on being selected for the Summer Excellence Research Opportunity Grant.  Each researcher has impactful and innovative research that investigates significant issues within our community.” said Delbert T. Foster, vice president of Land Grant Services and Executive Director of 1890 Programs.


“SEROG is an integral part of the 1890 Research Program because research is a key factor in developing new solutions to solve problems of our local community. We feel confident that by the end of the SEROG research period, each researcher will be well equipped and prepared to seek long-term funding from external agencies, he said.”


For more information on the Summer Excellence Research Opportunity Grant, a researcher’s project or the 1890 Research Program, contact 1890 Research Administrator Dr. Louis Whitesides at lwhitesides@scsu.edu or (803) 536-8616.