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More Than $5 Million in External Funding Awarded

Oct. 1, 2013, updated Oct. 11, 2013

Cal State Fullerton faculty and staff members received more than $5 million in external grants and contracts from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30. Such funding supports several programs focused on early college preparation, healthy diets and teacher training to student transportation fellowships and research into electron impact ionization.

Among the grants received are U.S. Department of Educational awards of $1,315,735 and $877,600 to Adriana Badillo, in support of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, an effort designed to increase the number of low-income students prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. 

Under the direction of Badillo, GEAR UP reaches out to underrepresented students beginning in junior high school and works with them through high school, creating a culture of college attendance and increased student achievement. The Cal State Fullerton program — which serves approximately 3,600 students in six schools in the Anaheim Unified School District — provides tutoring, summer enrichment programs, tours of colleges and universities, and information about college admissions requirements, financial aid options and scholarship opportunities. The campus GEAR UP program also collaborates with participating Anaheim schools to provide parent engagement initiatives and teacher professional development.

Also receiving grants this quarter:

Sora Tanjasiri , Health Science: $687,784 in fourth-year funding from the National Institutes of Health/NCI for "Wincart: Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training."

Dawn Macy, Center for Internships and Community Engagement: $450,069 from the Buena Park School District in support of the After School Education and Safety Program. Related: A Two-Way Educational Experience

Amybeth Cohen, Biological Science: $391,089 from the National Institutes of Health for continuation of the "MARC U*Star Program." More than 50 students have taken part in the 18-year old program, which encourages and supports students interested in advanced university degrees and futures in scientific research. Related story: Scientific Exploration

Kristin Stang, Special Education: $299,009 U.S. Department of Education funding for "PROCESS: Preparation and Retention of Collaboration, Effective and Successful Specialist." Related: Preparing Teaching Specialists

Sara E. Johnson, Anthropology: $295,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture funding for "Expanding Opportunities for Hispanic Undergraduates Through an Urban Agricultue Community-Based Research Experience (U-ACRE 2.0)." Related: USDA Grants Target Obesity, Nutrition

Tu-Uyen Nguyen , Asian American Studies: $272,644 in second-year funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Serivces - Public Health Service for: "Healthy Asian and Pacific Islander Youth (HAPIY)."

Janice Myck-Wayne, Special Education: $250,000 in first-year U.S. Department of Education funding for "Project STAR." Total funding for the five-year award is expected to reach $1.25 million.

Angel Hernandez, Student Affairs: $217,721 in third-year funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the Talent Search program. The Talent Search program is part of the U.S. Department of Education TRIO outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Gerald Bryant, Student Affairs: $208,494 U.S. Department of Education funding in support of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. The funding is the first-year of a five-year total award expected to total $1,042,470.

Paul Miller, Disability Support Services: $132,035 California Department of Rehabilitation grant for "Workability IV." The program has been offered on campus for more than 13 years. Related: Workability Program Puts Students Alumni to Work

Charles Funkhouser and Harriet Edwards, both Mathematics: $124,868 in third-year funding from the National Science Foundation for "Native American-Based Math Materials for Integration Into Undergraduate Courses." Total award to date: $372,347

Murtadha A. Khakoo , Physics: $69,999 National Science Foundation award for "Electron Impact Ionization and Excitation of the Rare Gases and Excitation of Molecular Hydrogen and Molecular Nitrogen." Related: Physics Professor Earns National Recognition

Priscilla Lopez , Small Business Development Center: $49,980 from the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission for "California Small Business Development Center Seismic Safety Project."

Kathryn Dickson, Biological Science: $49,750 in additional funding from UC San Diego for "ABI Innovation: SHPE Analysis for Phenomics With 3D Imaging Data." The funding is part of a five-year National Science Foundation grant.

Michele M. Wood, Health Science: $49,315.74 in phase II supplemental funding from the University of Maryland for "Comprehensive Message Testing of Imminent Threat Messages for Mobile Devices."

Joel K. Abraham, Biological Science: $40,287 subcontract from SimBiotic Software for "DIP: Using Dynamic Formative Assessment Models to Enhance Learning of the Experimental Process."

Rebecca A. Otten, Nursing: $37,098 California Community Foundation award for "Supporting a Better Educated and Diverse Nursing Workforce."

Sergio Guerra, College of Engineering and Computer Science: $33,500 from the U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration to underwrite six Eisenhower Fellowships. The fellowships were awarded to the following civil engineering students: Michael Ayad, Santiago Caballero, Alex Lemmon, Suzanne Moubayed, Ujjwal Pandey and Kelby Styler.

Connie DeCapite, College of Humanities and Social Sciences: $32,333 in third-year funding from the University of California Office of the President for "FIRST: Fullerton International Resources for Schools and Teachers." Related: FIRST Institute Focuses on Promoting Understanding

Darren R. Sandquist , Biological Science: $20,000 in supplemental funding from the U.S. Geological Survey for "Responses to Environmental Change in Mojave Desert Ecosystems." Total award is $107,024.

David Pagni and Margaret Kidd, both Mathematics: $15,900 from the University of California Office of the Vice President for the "Orange County Mathematics Project at Fullerton."

Yuying Tsong, Human Services: $6,500 from the American Psychological Association for "Culturally Specific Risk and Protective Factors of Eating Disordered for Behaviors and Attitudes Among Asian American Women and Men."

John D. Breskey, Health Science: $2,000 from Asian Health Services for "The Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative."

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