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Research and Creative Productions

The research, scholarship, and other creative activities of our teacher-scholars form the cornerstone of the intellectual life of the University.  Morehead State University and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs are committed to providing the resources and infrastructure necessary to develop, maintain, and grow the scholarly potential and accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and students.

For faculty, we offer several internally funded grant opportunities including  Faculty Research Grants, Faculty Creative Production Grants, and Faculty Summer Fellowships.  With certain restrictions, all tenured and tenure-track faculty (including Pac-34 instructors) and professional librarians may apply for these funds.  Proposals are recommended for funding after review by the MSU Research and Creative Productions Committee (RCPC).

In addition to these grant opportunities, the RCPC also evaluates nomination portfolios and recommends recipients for the annual MSU Distinguished Researcher Award and Distinguished Creative Production Award.  These prestigious awards are presented annually at the Opening Faculty/Staff Convocation for the Fall semester.

Sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the RCPC also oversees the MSU Annual Report of Research and Creative Productions and hosts the Annual Scholars Luncheon.

For information about Faculty Research and Creative Productions, contact Brenda DeHart at 606-783-9399.

2014-2015 Academic Year RCPC Deadlines

  • RCPC Fall Grant Proposals: Due October 13, 2014
  • RCPC Summer Fellowship Proposals: Due November 3, 2014
  • Nominations for Distinguished Awards: Due December 8, 2014
  • RCPC Entries for Annual Report: Due February 2, 2015
  • Portfolios for Distinguished Awards: Due March 2, 2015
  • RCPC Annual Scholars Luncheon: April 27, 2015, ADUC, Commonwealth Room, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To access RCPC grant guidelines and other information, please visit the MyMoreheadState Portal site here.

Timothy Hare

Dr. Timothy Hare

Recipient of the 2014

Distinguished Researcher Award


George Eklund

George E. Eklund

Recipient of the 2014

Distinguished Creative Production Award


Research and Sponsored Programs Calendar

Research News
 

      • Dr. Alison Hruby, Assistant Professor of English, has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Her project, titled "The effects of frequent reading on the reading comprehension abilities of tenth grade struggling readers in rural Kentucky," aims to improve the reading comprehension of tenth grade students placed in a remedial English class by increasing the students' reading time by at least 100 minutes per week. The outcome of the project will be measured using the students' reading scores on the Spring 2015 Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test. For more information about the project, please contact Dr. Hruby at 606-783-2732 or via e-mail.
      • The National Institutes of Health has renewed the Kentucky IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (KBRIN) Program. Headed by the University of Louisville, KBRIN aims to develop a network of support, infrastructure and capacity for biomedical researchers and educators within the Commonwealth. The total award to Morehead State University totals $463,845, which includes neuroscience laboratory renovations in Reed Hall. For additional information, please contact Dr. Bruce Mattingly, KBRIN Program Coordinator, at 606-783-2544 or via e-mail.
      • Dr. Kurt Gibbs, Assistant Professor of Biology, has received a $319,346 award from the National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) program. Dr. Gibbs' proposal, titled "miRNA expression after spinal cord compression injury in Xenopus laevis," aims to determine how developmental changes in microRNA expression affect the ability of Xenopus frogs to regenerate their spinal cords, which in turn can increase understanding of the genetic regulation associated with recovery from spinal cord injury and generate new therapeutic targets to promote recovery in humans. For additional information, please contact Dr. Gibbs at 606-783-2932 or via e-mail.
      • Early Child, Elementary and Special Education Professor Edna Schack has been awarded more than $154,000 from the National Science Foundation's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program for a collaborative project focused on developing prospective teachers' professional noticing skills with respect to children's mathematical thinking. The three-year project, titled "Collaborative Research: TECHNO: TECHnology-Centered Mathematical NOticing," is a collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Thomas (Northern Kentucky University), Dr. Molly Fisher (University of Kentucky), and Dr. Cindy Jong (University of Kentucky). The project builds upon previous work by further developing previously successful materials, and includes a new focus on early algebraic thought. For additional information, please contact Dr. Schack at 606-783-2501 or via e-mail.
      • The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded MSU a $500,000 grant to continue the Appalachian Rural Dental Educational Program, an initiative started in 2011 with the University of Kentucky and the University of Pikeville to increase the number of practicing dentists in Appalachia, and provide a campus-based oral health awareness program. For more information, click here to view the official news release.

       

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