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Grants support ONU programs

Both large and small grants provide resources for Ohio Northern University to continue its mission of educating students. Below are some of the recent awards that support that mission

  • ONU’s Center for Teacher Education program earned an award of $160,322.78 through the 2014 Race to the Top Educator Preparation Program Incentive Grant (EPPI). The Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) developed the performance-based EPPI grant to determine how best to distribute Race to the Top funds to Ohio educator preparation providers. Applicants were required to provide information on licensure test pass rates, accreditation status, value-added data, field and clinical experiences, pre-service surveys, excellence and innovation in clinical preparations and professional development for practitioners. Funds from the grant will partially support a part-time Coordinator for Partnership Development, an upgrade to the Center’s technology laboratory, travel for students and faculty for field and clinical experiences in more diverse settings and faculty development for both ONU education faculty and faculty at partnering schools. ONU is one of seven private Ohio universities to receive the EPPI award.  Two state universities also received EPPI funds. Dr. Sandy Calvert, director of the Center of Teacher Education and assistant professor in the Education Department, coordinated the grant effort.


  • A grant from the TIDES (Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM) initiative will allow faculty of he T.J. Smull College of Engineering and the English Department in the Getty College of Arts and Sciences to participate in the first round of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) STEM Institutes. Dr. Alexandra Coman, assistant professor of computer science, along with Dean Eric Baumgarter, College of Engineering, and Dr. Lisa Robeson, professor and chair of the Department of English, submitted a proposal titled “Using Interactive Storytelling to Improve Retention & Interest in Computer Science by Females.” This earned an honorable mention and funds totaling $34,278 to support their attendance at the STEM Institutes over the next three years. Ohio Northern University is one of 20 U.S. colleges and universities selected to receive a TIDES grant and one of five to receive honorable mentions. Honorable mentions were noted by reviewers as having meritorious proposals. The TIDES initiative is funded with a $4.9 million grant to AAC&U from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.


  • The James F. Dicke College of Business, ONU is the recipient of $35,070 from Kent State University through the Ohio Board of Regents’ Ohio Means Internships and Coops program.  Over a two-year period, these funds will be used to help support students serving internships at corporations in Ohio. The funds will also be used to enhance the internship infrastructure in the College of Business by purchasing a two-year subscription for the Taleo Talent Management software and to initiate “Classroom Experiences with a Professional,” an experiential learning opportunity taking classes and faculty to businesses throughout the state. As a private university, ONU was required to collaborate with a state institution of higher education and worked with Kent State on the proposal titled “An Integrated Business and Academic Internship and Co-op Infrastructure.”  Matt Lambdin, director of experiential learning, coordinated the grant.


  • The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant to support the third annual Teachers Entrepreneurship Workshop held in June on the ONU Campus for seven area high school teachers. The workshop is offered by the Dicke College of Business and is directed by Dr. Tammy Schakett, assistant professor of entrepreneurship. Schakett submitted the proposal.  he day-long workshop involved speakers, including Schakett, who addressed topics such as the “Roadmap for Teaching Entrepreneurship,” and using the lean start up model and the business canvas model in the classroom. The workshop ended with the teachers participating in a pitch competition with ONU students.


  • Dr. Michael Rush, Director of Healthwise at ONU, will participate in a Medication Therapy Management In Federally Qualified Health Centers project through a subaward of $1,500 with Ohio State University. The project is funded through an Ohio Department of Health grant.  


  • A grant of $6,000 from the Ohio Space Grant Consortium supported an ONU faculty/student project in the Mechanical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering.  


  • ONU received an $8,000 Curriculum Integration Grant from the University Studies Abroad Consortium. The grant will be used to help support the development of study abroad curriculum plans for most majors at ONU. Brian Keas, assistant vice president for academic affairs, coordinated the grant.