In the midst of constant budget cuts, Grambling State University faculty members continue to show their support and dedication toward students’ academic success monetarily. The Office of Sponsored Programs held its Grant Award Ceremony Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 13.
The luncheon was held in the president’s dining area in the McCall Dining Hall.
Forty-one faculty members received certificates of participation for research for the grants they received last year, but two teachers received their ultimate honor.
Dr. Yenumula Reddy and Carolyn Jackson were honored for being awarded grants.
Dr. Reddy, a professor in the Department of Computer Science, was recognized for “Most Grant Proposals.” He raised $3.1 million in grants.
Dr. Jackson, a professor in the Department of Education, received the “First Time Grant Award.” She won a $3 million grant for an alternative teacher certification project.
Dr. Jackson said she had co-written many proposals that were funded in the past, but this was the first one that she had written by herself and at GSU.
“When I got to Grambling, I came with an idea in mind. I had an idea of what I wanted to do and what I wanted to bring to this great institution.”
Dr. Jackson boasted of being a “very proud alum of Grambling State University.”
The grants won by faculty helped cushion the budget cut blows at GSU.
“These grants have enabled the university to purchase $1.3 million in classroom and office equipment, $3 million to supplement the salaries of 296 university personnel, including 182 faculty members, and provided $253,000 in wages to 120 students participating on research projects with faculty members,” said Dr. Kenneth Koroma, associate vice president of Academic Affairs/Sponsored Programs.