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UW-RF Grants Near $3 Million

By Malisa Hyland
UW-RF University Communications

FEB. 3, 2006--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls received $2.8 million in faculty grants for the 2004-05 school year, just shy of the record $3.3 million awarded in 2003-04.

A total of $2,809,607 for 43 grants was awarded to faculty for projects including conferences, forums, research and scholars programs. A total of 79 proposals were submitted to various programs, with 43 granted and six still outstanding.

While many grants went to new proposals, a large portion of the money went to continuing programs such as UW-RF Upward Bound program, the McNair Scholars Program and the UW-RF SSS program.

William Campbell, director of grants and research at UW-RF, outlined a general goal for the 2004-05 school year.

"We always try and do a little bit better than we had in preceding years," Campbell said. "These things fluctuate a lot so we use a three-year rolling average. We want to submit more grant proposals than we have in the last three years and receive more dollars."

The goal this year, as in years past, was to have at least a 50 percent success rate in grants funded. That goal was reached with a more than 64 percent success rate.

Chancellor Don Betz commended and recognized the accomplishment of faculty who received grants.

"UW-River Falls faculty members have pursued external grants this year with continuing success," said Betz. "These grants represent a margin of excellence and opportunity for faculty and students. Securing grants is important work for our institution, and those involved are to be commended."

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences submitted 23 proposals resulting in 15 grants, which totaled $767,080. The College of Arts and Sciences submitted 21 proposals. Eight were granted totaling $154,091. The College of Business and Economics submitted five proposals with four granted totaling $51,825. The College of Education and Professional Studies submitted 14 proposals, with 11 granted total of $1,192,336; this constituted 42 percent of total UW-RF grants received during 2004-05.

Other University departments that submitted proposals included the student affairs staff and the grants office. Student affairs entered 10 proposals and eight were granted totaling $641,935. The grants office wrote or co-wrote 14 proposals, resulting in sixgrants and $907,650 in awards.

A sample of this year's grants include:

The College of Education and Professional Studies received a continuing grant of $334,624 for the campus Upward Bound program. Upward Bound is a federally funded program that prepares participants in the skills needed for postsecondary education. Jill Moe, director of Upward Bound, submitted the grant.

Student Affairs was awarded a continuing grant of $278,292 for UWRF Student Support Services. SSS is designed to support first-generation or low income students along with students of disability. The grant was funded by the U.S. Department of Education and was submitted by Director of McNair Scholars Program and Academic Success Center Phil George.

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences received $276,696 for the Service-Learning Network, an effort to integrate service learning in Wisconsin colleges of agriculture, life science, and natural resources. Faculty member Jerome Nechville proposed the grant, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Higher Education Challenge Grants Program.

Dennis Cosgrove of CAFES received two grants, one from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and one from the USDA. Falcon Food Store Manager and food science instructor Renee May received a USAID/Land O'Lakes grant for a quality and safety control implementation program.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Doug Johnson received a UW System grant to establish a center for the scholarship of teaching and learning on campus. Physics Professor Jim Madsen's ongoing research and participation in the IceCube project in Antarctica was funded from the National Science Foundation. Chemistry Professor David Rusterholz received a WiSYS technology grant to fund a project investigating capsaicin analogs for analgesic effectiveness.

In the College of Business and Economics, grants were received to assist the Small Business Development Center in programs as well as to fund the Xcel Energy Entrepreneur's Conference.

For more information on faculty grants, please visit and click on Annual Report.

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