Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

March 17, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR announces recipients of FY 2015 URSA Small Grants

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Steering Committee have announced the recipients of the FY 2015 URSA Small Grants program.  The grants are intended to provide opportunities for faculty-student interaction through mentored research experiences.  Students who work on URSA-funded projects also develop presentation skills through participation in URSA Scholars Week. Continue Reading →

March 7, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Baylor faculty win national award for math & science education

Dr. Rachelle Rogers (left) and Dr. Trena Wilkerson

Dr. Rachelle Rogers (left) and Dr. Trena Wilkerson were among the Baylor faculty members who gave a presentation on the GEAR UP Math Initiative at SSMA’s 2013 convention.

A group of Baylor faculty recently accepted a national award honoring the Math Initiative, a middle school education program developed by faculty in the School of Education and the department of mathematics in the College of Arts & Sciences.  The School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA) presented the Baylor team with the Award for Excellence in Integrating Science and Mathematics.

Math Initiative is part of GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a U.S. Department of Education grant-funded program that encourages students in local secondary schools to pursue higher education. Dr. Truell Hyde, Baylor’s vice provost for research, was the principal investigator on the GEAR UP grant.

Click here to read more about the award.

May 14, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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University Research Committee announces recipients of FY 2014 small and mid-range grants

The OVPR and the University Research Committee are proud to announce the results of the 2014 URC Small and Mid-Range Grant Programs.  These grants are intended to expand Baylor faculty members’ research capacity by providing support for research or creative activities in any academic area.

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May 7, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR announces FY 2014 Faculty Research Investment Program and Young Investigator Development Program grant recipients

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is pleased to announce this year’s grant awards for the Faculty Research Investment Program and Young Investigator Development Program.  These funding mechanisms provide grants of up to $25,000 to support faculty research projects in any academic area with the objective of helping investigators compete successfully for external research funding.  The FRIP program is open to any full time Baylor faculty member, while the YIDP program is limited to tenure-track faculty members in the first four years of their appointment.

For the 2014 fiscal year, two projects received funding under the FRIP program and one under the YIDP.  The three projects each represent a different college or school, reflecting the breadth of research activity across the university.

Please join the OVPR in congratulating each of this year’s FRIP and YIDP grant recipients!

FY 2014 Faculty Research Investment Program

Dr. Gary Elkins
Professor, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
College of Arts & Sciences
Hypnosis for Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors
Abstract (PDF)

Dr. David Jack
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. William Jordan
Professor & Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering & Computer Science
Characterization of the Fiber Microstructure within a Short-Fiber Injection Molded Composite
Abstract (PDF) 

FY 2014 Young Investigator Development Program

Dr. Renée Umstattd Meyer
Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Human Performance & Recreation
School of Education
Physical activity of Mexican-origin mothers and children in forgotten border colonias: A community-based participatory approach to understanding the landscape
Abstract (PDF)

April 24, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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School of Education faculty earns grant to expand URSA-funded research into nationwide study

Dr. Rishi Sriram, assistant professor and program coordinator in the School of Education’s higher education and student affairs program, recently received a grant from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators to expand his research on job competencies among student affairs professionals. The project, which involves surveying a nationwide sample of practitioners in the field, is based on a pilot survey which Sriram and a student previously developed with funding from the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) small grant program.

Sriram says professional groups in the areas of higher education and student affairs have propogated lists of key competencies for practitioners, but until now, little research has explored the extent to which student affairs professionals actually meet these competencies.  He believes a scholarly approach to measuring job competencies is critical to advancing the profession.

“If we talk about competencies but don’t measure them, then we don’t know what we’re good at,” he says.  “If we can find out more about our strengths and weaknesses, we can focus our professional development and education to help us serve students better.”

Caroline Clark, a master’s candidate in higher education and student affairs, assisted Sriram in developing the URSA-funded pilot study during her junior year at Baylor and is still involved in the research as a graduate student.  Clark, who earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2012, says the experience of participating in research as an undergraduate helped her recognize the benefits of systematically evaluating the student affairs profession.

“Applying quantitative data to a list of competencies that was developed qualitatively really helped me see the value of research to higher education affairs,” says Clark.  “This is a relatively new field, so being involved in this research has shown me ways to help develop and improve the profession.”

February 4, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Foundation grant supports civics education research

Dr. Brooke Blevins and Dr. Karon LeCompte, both assistant professors in the School of Education, were recently awarded a grant from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation in support of their research on the effectiveness of a civics learning tool.

Their research is based on iCivics, an online program developed by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor that uses interactive games to teach civics concepts and encourage students to become engaged in the political process. Baylor has been involved in research on the iCivics program through a partnership between the School of Education, the Law School, and the Waco and Midway Independent School Districts.

The iCivics curriculum is currently used in all 4th, 8th, and 11th grade classes in the Waco and Midway ISDs. Teachers in these classes use age-appropriate iCivics modules as a launching point for service learning, giving students an opportunity to learn about community issues by becoming directly involved in identifying the causes and solutions of problems.

The Sumners grant will provide funding for a summer professional development program for Waco-area civics teachers where they will receive training on the iCivics program, then implement the curriculum with area students who participate in the iCivics Summer Camp.

The research to be conducted by Baylor faculty, assisted by 10 undergraduate students, is part of a broader research agenda which seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of iCivics curriculum by putting the teaching methods into practice in actual classroom environments.