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ONU chosen as Choose Ohio First Campus and more grant news


Dr. Tena Roepke, Center for Teacher Education, and Dean Eric Baumgartner, T.J. Smull College of Engineering, have submitted a successful proposal “STEM Teacher Education Scholarship Program” to the Ohio Board of Regents to establish Ohio Northern University as a Choose Ohio First Program of Innovation campus. Choose Ohio First scholarships are multi-year, renewable scholarships, varying in amounts from $1,500 to $4,700 annually (amount based on a student’s full-time or part-time status). ONU’s Choose Ohio First scholarships are awarded to promising undergraduates in the following STEM education programs in the Center for Teacher Education: biology, mathematics, chemistry, technological studies, physics, middle childhood math or science as well at the new major in engineering education offered by the T.J. Smull College of Engineering.  The total award amount will be determined in January, 2012.

Dr. Russ Crawford, in the Department of History, Politics and Justice, was awarded an Ohio Humanities Council mini-grant of $1,000 to support a Social Studies Day at ONU. Funds will be used to support the day scheduled for Nov. 11.  The department will hold a series of six presentations, delivered by ONU faculty, to teachers and students from local school districts.

Ohio Northern University will continue as an affiliate school in the NSF Center for Layered Polymerics (CLiPS) at Case Western Reserve University thanks to the efforts of ONU faculty, Drs. Hui Shen, T.J. Smull College of Engineering, and Amelia Anderson-Wile in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Case Western recently received a renewal grant from NSF to continue the CLiPS program.  ONU will receive $125,000 for its participation in the program over the next five years.

Dr. Jason Pinkney, in the Department of Physics, is collaborating on a Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) grant with the University of Michigan on the program titled “Low-Mass Black Holes and CIV in Low Lumiosity AGN”.  In addition to being granted use of the Hubble Space Telescope, Dr. Pinkney was awarded $5,688 for future reduction and analysis of the data.