Faculty Keeps KSU Focused on Research Innovation
As Kennesaw State works toward establishing our presence as a formidable R2 institution, we will place a key emphasis on innovative research. Our talented faculty members are already at the forefront of performing original research, which provides our students with a wide array of learning opportunities. KSU will continue to develop our research portfolio, as our faculty and students eagerly work to solve some of the world's most fundamental challenges.
KSU's Office of Research is leading the way to support faculty in securing external funding for their research. For example, a new program beginning this summer will help advance Kennesaw State's ability to fund new research projects. Dr. Evelina Sterling, assistant professor of sociology and the new director of research development and strategic initiatives in the Office of Research, will be working with 21 KSU faculty from across all scientific disciplines to mentor them through the process of writing federal grant proposals for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This mentoring program will provide faculty who have innovative research with the tools they need to take their efforts to the next level.
Dr. Sterling is well-versed in obtaining federal funding for research, having put together an interdisciplinary team that received a $404,000, three-year R15 grant from NIH. Along with Dr. Vanessa Robinson-Dooley and Dr. Carol Collard of the Department of Social Work and Human Services, Dr. Sterling is researching a new self-management and support intervention program for low-income African-American men with multiple chronic conditions. And, as is the case with so many of our faculty's research projects, the team will include both undergraduate and graduate students as researchers.
I am impressed by the research being done by Dr. Sterling and her team, and about the research momentum of our university as a whole. As scholarly opportunities and achievements at KSU increase, so will the prestige of Kennesaw State and the educational experience of our students.