Sam Taylor Fellowship Awards 28 Grants

December 13, 2010

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry has awarded 28 faculty members at five United Methodist-related universities in Texas research grants through the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund.

The grants, from $1,000 to $2,000 each, totaled $51,990 and will be used to research a wide range of subjects, from the environment of bobcats to post-traumatic stress in nurses.

The will of the late Sam Taylor set aside funds to be used for continuing education and development for faculty members of United Methodist-related colleges and schools in Texas. These grants may be used for graduate study or post-graduate research. Funds are limited and the fellowships are competitive. The Division of Higher Education of the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry administers the endowment. The deadline for applications is September 1.

Recipients of this year’s fellowships are:

  • Huston-Tillotson University—Janice Sumler-Edmond, $2,000 for research on the Forten family of Philadelphia. The Fortens were a nineteenth century African-American family from Philadelphia who were outstanding leaders committed to seeking justice for their fellow citizens.
  • McMurry University—Ann-Marie Lopez, $2,000 for pursuing her Ph.D.; Gay McInroe, $2,000 for pursuing her Ph.D.; Joel Brant, $2,000 for research on the environment of bobcats; Donald Frazier, $2,000 for research for a series of books about the Civil War; Danh Pham, $2,000 for dissertation research; and Amy Toone, $1,000 for research on post-traumatic stress in nurses.
  • Southern Methodist University—David Son, $2,000, research involving dendrimers, which are large molecules (polymers) possessing a unique spherical geometry and applications in efficient drug delivery at the cellular level; Christopher Anderson, $2,000 for research for a biography of Karl Straube; Matthew Keller, $1,700 for research on the development of wind energy technology; Sarah Willen, $2,000 for research on cultural sensitivity in physicians in training; Cecil O’Neal, $2,000 for creation of a musical theater piece based on the Staple sisters; Elizabeth Russ, $2,000 for research for a book chapter about the Haitian-Dominican border; Lisa Siraganian, $1,800 for assistance with copyright and reproduction costs of 20 photographs to be published in a monograph to aid in the scholarly argument to challenge beliefs about the meaning of art objects; Sunday Eiselt, $2,000 for research on childhood on Ranchos de Taos Plaza.
  • Southwestern University—Steven Alexander, $1,500 for research on ADOBE (Automatic detection of bacteria by electricity); Martin Gonzalez, $1,870 for research on solving bacterial resistance to antibiotics; Thomas McClendon, $2,000 for research for a textbook on South America; Nikos Bentenitis, $2,000, for research an expanding methodology to study ionic liquids; Elizabeth Stockton, $1,250 for research for a publication about Elizabeth Stoddard; Romi Burks, $2,000 for research on the diet preferences of the apple snail; and Davi Johnson Thornton, $1,000 for research for a professional presentation and an article on James Meredith.
  • Texas Wesleyan University—Kimberly Webb, $2,000 for pursuing her Ph.D.; Newton Hilliard, $1,950 for research on how microorganisms sequester sulfur and carbon; Bruce Benz, $1,920 for research on the white rosinweed, an endangered plant in Texas; Rodney Erakovich, $2,000 for applied regional economic research; Whitney Myers, $2,000 for research on pedagogy in American Indian boarding schools; and Edita Ruzgyte, $2,000 for research on sexual social change and sexual education in post-Soviet societies.


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