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Congratulations to the following principal investigators recently receiving awards at Northwestern Oklahoma State University!


Bill Johnson Correctional Center (BJCC) – $490,000.00

NWOSU currently contracts with the Bill Johnson Correctional Center and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to provide drug and alcohol treatment to incarcerated trainees. Full-time treatment counselors as well as student interns provide treatment. The director of the contract is Mr. Jeff McAlpin.

Concert Series – $6,234.00

Grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council ($7,800) brings musicians and musical events to Northwestern Oklahoma communities. This year the Concert Series features Mountain Smoke, Bravo Brass Quintet, Breath of Soul, and Perpetual Motion. Dr. Irene Messoloras is the director of this grant.

Distribution and Quality Iodine – $20,000.00

This grant, sponsored by OCAT, funds an internship between Iofina and NWOSU creating an opportunity for an NWOSU student to gain hands-on experience in the field. The intern sponsored by this grant builds a database that maps out the distribution and quantity of Iodine and other constituents in various brine water aquifers in northwest Oklahoma. Dr. Jason Wickham serves as the principal investigator of this project.

Entrepreneur Seminar - $10,000.00

Grant from the KOCH Foundation, funds a business seminar held on the Enid campus inviting several speakers throughout a two-day period. The seminar is offered for college credit and is also free to the public. Dr. Wayne McMillin is the director and senior administrator of this grant.

Exploring the Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction - $20,090.00

This grant, sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, organizes a summer academy program for students that utilizes animals as tools to teach scientific concepts, mathematics and enhanced health for humans. Students enrolled in the academy are about to apply learning through hands-on experiences, workshops, and real human-animal interactions. The director of this grant is Dr. Sherril Stone.

Heartland BEST Robotics – $30,000.00

This grant, from Charles Morton Share Trust, is designed to enhance opportunities for Heartland BEST, a national robotic competition. Heartland BEST is hosted on the campus of NWOSU and sends the winning teams to a regional competition. Dr. Cynthia Pfeifer-Hill coordinates the grant.

ITQ/AAPT/PTRA Professional ToPPS – $65,000.00

This grant, sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, serves 30 PK-12 teachers by providing 40 hours of professional development in the area of physics and physical science. This grant provides a focus on serving high-need schools, teachers and administrators. Dr. Steven Maier is the principal investigator of the grant.

LS-OKAMP-STEM - $10,000.00

A grant in cooperation with Oklahoma State University and the National Science Foundation to encourage participation of minority students in the areas of science, mathematics, engineering and technology. Dr. Tim Maharry, Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, is the grant coordinator.

Medical Avenues in Services and Health (MASH) Camp - $8,000.00

This grant, sponsored by the Wisdom Family Foundation, serves 35+ campers from six different school districts in Oklahoma by providing activities in the areas of leadership, athletic training, nursing, health and wellness, CPR certification, basic first aid, forensic study as well as a hospital tour. The activities allow students to experience and learn about several different medical and health areas as they prepare for college and a career. Dr. Bo Hannaford is the director of this grant.

NWOSU Enid Winter Chautauqua – $1,000.00

The funds for this grant come from the Oklahoma Humanities Council ($1,000). The funds support a guest speaker for the annual event. Dr. Wayne McMillin is the principal investigator for the project.

NWOSU Rodeo Team – $15,000.00

The funds for this grant are provided by the City of Alva Tourism Committee. The funding supports the annual rodeo at Northwestern, allowing for high quality stock for contestants to compete on, bringing in a specialty act, providing better awards to champions and bringing in the best personnel possible to work the rodeo. Mr. Stockton Graves coordinates this project.

NWOSU Secondary Teachers Institute on the American Revolution - $4,870.00

This grant, sponsored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council, provides a four-day workshop for secondary education teachers in Oklahoma and is held on Northwestern’s Alva campus. The workshop educates teachers in the area of the American Revolution and Early Constitutional Era. The workshop provides training, materials and support teachers in the field.

NWOSU ToPPS 2015 - $65,000.00

This grant, sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, serves 20 PK-12 teachers by providing 50 hours of professional development in the area of physics and physical science. This grant provides a focus on serving high-need schools, teachers and administrators. Dr. Steven Maier is the principal investigator of the grant.

Oklahoma PhysTEC Recruitment - $30,000.00

Funded by PhysTEC, Oklahoma PhysTEC Recruitment is a recruitment grant utilized to increase the number of students pursing physics education leading toward high school physics teaching certification in Oklahoma. The overall goal of this grant is to increase the number of certified high school physics teachers in Oklahoma. Dr. Steven Maier is the principal investigator of this grant.

Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OSBDC) - $131,541.00

This cooperative agreement, in part, enhances economic development in the northwestern region of the state by offering counseling and training to existing and potential business clients. Funds are provided from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The primary function of this award focuses on economic development. The principal investigator of the cooperative agreement is Ms. Laura Girty.

Regional Science Fair - $20,000.00

This grant, sponsored by the Frontiers of Science Foundation, Inc., covers expenses for operation and travel costs for students selected by judges to compete in the International Science Fair. This grant covers airfare, registration and lodging for participants. The principal investigator for this grant is Dr. Steven Maier.

Student Support Services (SSS) - $220,000.00

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, this program provides support, resources, & information necessary for success, with the hopes of reaching student graduation. The program aims to employ a holistic program that facilitates and customizes services that address the academic & non-academic needs of participants as each level of their college experience. The participants eligible for this grant are first generation, low income and students with disabilities. Dr. Dennis Angle is the director of this grant.

Title III Strengthening Institutions Program – 2011-2016 – $311,285.00 

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, this program provides support to NWOSU students to ensure their successful retention and graduation. Students are chosen for the program based on low scores on college entrance exams. Dr. Mike Knedler is the principal investigator of this multi-year grant that exceeds $1,500,000.

TRIO-Upward Bound Classic – 2012-2017 – $250,000.00

From the U.S. Department of Education, this grant increases the academic and motivational levels of eligible enrollees so that such persons may complete secondary school and successfully pursue post-secondary educational programs. Five high schools in three northwest Oklahoma counties are targeted. The grant award is for five years and will total over $1,250,000. Ms. Jaunita Noble is director of the grant.

TRIO-Upward Bound Math & Science – 2012-2017 – $250,000.00

This grant, from the U.S. Department of Education, increases the academic and motivational levels of eligible enrollees with aptitudes in math and/or science so that such persons may complete secondary school and successfully pursue post-secondary educational programs. Five high schools in three northwest Oklahoma counties are targeted. The grant award is for five years and totals $1,250,000. Ms. Jaunita Noble is director of the grant.

Wellness Center Chairs with Ball Seats - $1,541.00

Funding for this grant was provided by Blue Cross/Blue Shield with the goal to increase and support health efforts. The project allows for the member of the Northwestern community, staff and faculty, to have a chair with a ball seat with the benefit of utilizing the individual’s core and back muscles while in a sedentary position. Richard Burdick serves as the principal investigator for this one-time award.

Wellness Center Portable Sound System – $1,025.00

This grant, from Blue Cross/Blue Shield is designed to increase and support health efforts. The project allows for the members who utilize the J. R. Holder Wellness Center to have access to a portable sound system with the main benefit of being used in the several classes offered at the Wellness Center. Richard Burdick serves as the principal investigator for this one-time award.