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Recipients of Internal Proposal Stimulus Program Announced

Nineteen faculty members representing disciplines across campus have received funding through the Texas Tech Proposal Stimulus Program (PSP).

The list of winners and their proposal topics are available on the PSP Web page.

The program is designed to enhance the quality of currently unfunded grant proposal applications made to extramural entities during the past 24 months. Funds will be used to support research/scholarly activities that address specific criticisms of the original proposal application in order to generate a subsequent application that will be more competitive. The university established a $250,000 fund to support the internal program.

Each proposal submitted was evaluated using specific criteria for each of five award levels. All applicants received feedback from the reviews. Four types of awards were funded:
  • Level 1, up to $5,000
  • Level 2, up to $10,000
  • Level 3, up to $15,000
  • Level 4, up to $25,000
  • Level 5, up to $50,000
The funds are to be used for research and/or scholarly related expenses which may include specialized equipment, supplies, graduate student salaries or other activities that will promote proposal resubmission/competitiveness.

PSP reviewers included: Aliza Wong, associate professor, Department of History; Bill Poirier, professor, Department of Chemistry; Brandon Weeks, associate professor, Department of Chemical Engineering; Brian Steele, associate dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts; Christopher Witmore, associate professor, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literature; David Knaff, Horn professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Fazle Hussain, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Gene Wilde, professor, Department of Biological Sciences; Greg McKenna, Horn professor, Department of Chemical Engineering; Harvinder Gill, assistant professor, Department of Chemical Engineering; Jaclyn Cañas, associate professor, The Institute of Environmental and Human Health; Jennifer Moore-Kucera, assistant professor, Department of Plant and Soil Science; Jian Sheng, associate professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Katharine Hayhoe, associate professor, Department of Political Science; Kelly Phelan, assistant professor, Department of Nutrition, Hospitality and Retailing; Kerry Griffis-Kyle, assistant professor, Department of Natural Resources Management; Louisa Hope-Weeks, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Michael O’Boyle, associate academic dean, College of Human Sciences; Reynaldo Patiño, unit leader, USGS Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit; Ron Chesser, professor, Department of Biological Sciences; Shiren Wang, associate professor, Department of Industrial Engineering; and Vittal Rao, professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.