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WVSU Announces Faculty Research Grants to be Awarded This Summer

WVSU Announces Faculty Research Grants to be Awarded This Summer

2/7/2014
 
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Feb. 7, 2014
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WVSU Announces Faculty Research Grants to be Awarded This Summer
 
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University (WVSU) has launched a new program, Promoting Excellence in Education through Research (PEER), to support faculty research during upcoming semesters. The first PEER grants will be awarded this summer to faculty led projects that advance the University’s research capacity.

“West Virginia State University provides affordable, quality education thanks to our outstanding faculty and their commitment to be at their best,” said WVSU President Brian O. Hemphill, who first announced the project at his State of the University address in October. “Through PEER we offer additional support to our faculty, while advancing research campus-wide.”

PEER will support faculty research by providing financial assistance and release time to encourage and foster the advancement of research and scholarly work, and to leverage these resources in order to attract funding to promote and support the enrichment of academia and student learning at WVSU.

Up to 10 grants will be awarded to faculty during the fall and spring semesters, as well as five summer research grants, each with a maximum value of $5,000. Faculty members must submit proposals in one of four categories in a competitive award mechanism by March 1 to be considered for the first round of grants.

PEER will be administered by the WVSU Research and Development Corporation, with support from U.S. Department of Education Title III funds, as well as state and WVSU Foundation funds and private dollars.

“The WVSU Research and Development Corporation seeks to support initiatives that advance and elevate the University’s research mission,” said Dr. Orlando F. McMeans, vice president of Research and Public Service at WVSU. “The launching of the PEER program illustrates that the University is committed to growing our research capacity and infrastructure.”

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