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Mission Statement and Activities
The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) reports to the Assistant VP of Research & Sponsored Programs, Dr. Sandra D. Garcia, and works in concert with the Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance, David Bradley.
ORSP's mission is to assist University faculty and staff in obtaining sponsored project funding and in the successful completion of sponsored projects in order to maintain a constant funding cycle for UHD projects. The combination of the teaching and research missions of UHD will ultimately enrich the entire academic environment of our university and promote the success of our students.
Recently Funded Sponsored Projects
Dr. Mary Jo Parker, Director of the Scholars Academy
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs would like to congratulate Dr. Mary Jo Parker and her Co- PIs on her award from The United States Department of Education, for her project entitled “UHD Modeling Intended STEM Success,” term of grant 10/01/13 – 09/30/16 in the amount of $749,444.
The goal of UHD's institutional research project, Modeling Intended STEM Success, is to utilize a program that encourages, prepares, and supports minority STEM students, particularly minority women, to successful completion of the baccalaureate STEM degree, especially targeting the first and second years as well as the first-semester and second-semester courses through a five categorical student support approach including: 1) Freshman Ramp-Up; 2) Academic Skill Monitoring; 3) Mentoring; 4) Career/Research Skill Development; and 5) Leadership Development. This model program, known as the Scholars Academy reflects the full-exposure model this research will examine.
From Left to Right: Rene' Garcia, Dr. Brad Hoge, Dr. Amy Baird, Dr. Mary Jo Parker, Dr. Katarina Jegdic, and Dr. Mian Jiang
Dr. Sarah Walker, Assistant Professor of Mgmt, Mkt. and Business Admin.
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs would like to congratulate Dr. Walker on her award from the U.S. Department of Education for the project entitled “Development of MBA Concentration in Financial Business Research,” term of grant 10/01/13 to 09/30/18 in the amount of $600,000.
The Minorities and Retirement Security (MRS) grant is a grant funded by the Social Security Administration. The grant is designed to increase the research capacity of Minority Serving Institutions by creating opportunities for funded research in the area of financial literacy and financial decision making. The College of Business will use these funds to provide support for graduate, specifically, Master of Business Administration (MBA), students to gain valuable research experience, and pursue their educational goals full-time, while receiving high-quality research training that will expand the pool of talented researchers in the areas of retirement security, financial literacy, and financial decision-making. Specifically, the grant provides tuition and stipends for fellows.
The project’s design draws upon the scientist-practitioner model which serves as a roadmap to achieve the goals, objectives, and outcomes of the proposed Research Fellowships. Specifically, the project has four goals: 1) increasing knowledge, 2) conducting empirical research, 3) conducting translational research, and 4) impacting the public by raising awareness and facilitating change. Each of these goals will contribute to the proposed project’s overarching purpose which is to develop graduate student researchers who conduct rigorous research in the areas of retirement security, financial literacy, and financial decision-making.
Mr. Rex White, Director of the Criminal Justice Center
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs would like to congratulate Mr. Rex White on his two awards from the Texas Department of Transportation for the projects entitled “Standardized Field Sobriety Testing/Blood Warrant/Mobile Video Updates” in the amount of $240,800.00 and “Mobile Video Instructor Training Course”in the amount of $414,155.07, term of grants 10/01/13 – 09/30/14.
The Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Updates & Blood Search Warrant training, provides an up to date, 1 day training class for Peace Officers covering the new CASE LAWS affecting the use of Blood Search Warrants in DWI & INTOXICATION MANSLAUGHTER cases.
The Mobile Video Instructor Training Course provides Peace Officers with a free training program to provide agencies with Instructors & Field Training Officers in the area of Mobile Video Cameras in Police Units. This training qualifies the arresting officer to use the video records of the offense & arrest for prosecution. This grant has greatly helped to improve the conviction rate for DWIcases in Texas.
Through both of these grants, UHD’s Criminal Justice Training Center has been able to help Texas Peace Officers meet their “In Service Training Requirements” required by Law for no cost to them or their Departments. Both of these grants (obtained through Texas Dept. of Transportation) are helping to remove Dangerous Drivers from our Highways, making the Highways safer for all of our families.
Mr. Rex White, Director of the UHD Criminal Justice Center
Dr. Tyra Hessel, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs would like to congratulate Dr. Tyra Hessel on her award from the Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP) for the “UHD JAMP Program Distribution for FY 2014 ,” term of grant 09/01/13 – 08/31/14 in the amount of $13,500.00.
The Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP) was created by the Texas Legislature to encourage and support highly qualified, economically disadvantaged Texas resident students pursuing a medical education. The goal of JAMP is to help Texas students become tomorrow’s medical professionals by proving: financial support through undergraduate and medical school scholarships, mentoring and personal assistance to prepare the student for medical school while attending college, hands-on experience at medical schools through summer internships, and guaranteed admission to a Texas medical school if the student meets all program requirements. With respect to JAMP and UHD, funding is provided to mentor and provide personal assistance to qualified students interested in going to medical school.
Dr. Tyra Hessel, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences
Mr. Mark Cervenka, Director of O`Kane Gallery and Associate Professor of Art
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs would like to congratulate Mr. Mark Cervenka on his award from the Houston Arts Alliance for the project entitled “Austere Beauty: The Art of Z. Vanessa Helder,” in the amount of $1,823.77, term of grant 07/01/13 – 06/30/14.
The O’Kane Gallery at the University of Houston – Downtown was recently awarded a program grant from the Houston Arts Alliance to support their Spring 2014 exhibition: Austere Beauty: The Art of Z. Vanessa Helder – the first major survey exhibition of the work of the modernist painter Z. Vanessa Helder (1904-1968). Organized by Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma Washington, this exhibit will be on view at the O’Kane Gallery from January 23 to March 6, 2014.The exhibition will be accompanied by a 128 page full-color soft-bound catalogue.
Description of Exhibit
The artistic career of Z. Vanessa Helder “spanned several periods of major change in American art from the advent of modernism in the early part of the 20th century to the rise of abstraction in the post-war years,” according to Margaret Bullock, Curator of Collections at Tacoma Art Museum. “This exhibition and catalogue will create a permanent record of Helder’s career and her contributions to mid-20th century Northwest and American modernism as well as restore her work to a broader national audience.” The O’Kane Gallery at the University of Houston – Downtown is excited and honored to be a part of Tacoma Art Museum’s effort in bringing Helder’s work to the diverse audience here in Houston. And, of course, the O’Kane Gallery is very proud to have generous support from the Houston Arts Alliance to do so.
Mr. Mark Cervenka, Director of O'Kane Gallery and Associate Professor of Art
Dr. Greg Getz, Professor of Sociology
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs would like to congratulate Dr. Greg Getz on his award from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the project entitled “Texas Consortium Geriatric Education Center,” term of grant 07/01/13 – 06/30/14 in the amount of $20,000.
Dr. J. Greg Getz, Professor of Sociology, is the Director of a grant from Baylor College of Medicine, involving UH-D as a member of the Texas Consortium of Geriatrics Education Centers. The purpose of this grant is to facilitate a student pipeline of awareness and education regarding the broad field of gerontology including expanding employment opportunities related to issues affecting our growing population of elderly citizens. This year, again partnering with San Jacinto College-North, Dr. Getz is organizing the 3rd Annual Symposium on Gerontology-Geriatrics Awareness & Education to be held at San Jacinto College-North on February 21-22, 2014. All UH-D students are encouraged to attend at no charge. Watch for the flyer with online registration information! The “baby boom” generation is beginning to retire. Our society is not prepared to deal medically, economically, politically, or socially with issues of concern to our elderly population. Understanding the multidimensional process of aging is in all our interests.
Dr. Greg Getz, Professor of Sociology
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