Institution grant success is tied to faculty focus, involvement
GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University has been awarded $17.1 million in grants in the calendar year 2011, an increase of 64% over the 2010 grant cycle. These grants come at a critical time as the university faces drastic state funding cuts. The university’s state funding has declined by 44%, from $30.5 million in the 2008-09 academic year to $16.9 million this fall, making grants acquisition invaluable.
“These grants have enabled the university to purchase $1.3 million in classroom and office equipment, $3 million to supplement the salaries of 296 university personnel, including 182 faculty members, and provided $253,000 in wages to 120 students participating on research projects with faculty members.” said Ken Koroma, associate vice president of sponsored programs. “We’re already off to a good start this academic year with $9.2 million in grant proposals already submitted for funding. “All of this demonstrates the president’s efforts to diversify the university funding base and to enhance the academic profile of Grambling State University.”
At a recent luncheon, Frank G. Pogue, president of Grambling State University, took time to honor 41 faculty members who successfully acquired grants last year. Each was presented with a certificate of appreciation. Pogue told these faculty members that what they have done is helping the university survive during difficult economic times while enhancing the academic scholarship of their units.
Two faculty members were recognized for special efforts. Yenumula Reddy,a professor in the Department of Computer Science, was recognized as the faculty member who submitted the largest number of grant proposals and regularly submits applications. As a result of his ongoing efforts, he was been successful with grants totaling $3.1million. Reddy said he prefers to continue to pursue grant opportunities not worrying which will be successful because he knows some will. Some of the grants proposals submitted by Reddy include the Department of the Army’s Materiel Command for the design and implementation of cognitive radio networks with cloud and A TRIO/Upward Bound mathematics and science program. Also recognized was Carolyn Jackson, a professor in the Department of Education. A first-time Grambling State grant seeker, she successfully applied for and won a $3 million grant for an alternative teacher certification project through the U.S. Department of Education. When asked how she did it, Jackson she said she put a lot of time into the grant, said prayers and left the rest up to God.