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Scholarship of Engagement Grants support international and domestic projects

Scholarship of Engagement Grants support international and domestic projects

Athens, Ga. – UGA’s Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach has awarded 14 Scholarship of Engagement Grants for the 2007-2008 academic year. The grants, ranging from $4,000 to $5,000, will support 10 international and four domestic projects by academic and public service faculty who combine teaching, research and outreach activities.

“I am committed to supporting faculty and staff whose collaboration across units helps apply new knowledge that addresses the pressing needs of communities in Georgia, and in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central and Latin America,” said Art Dunning, UGA’s vice president for public service and outreach. “I also want to create rigorous academic opportunities where students can apply classroom knowledge to real world problems and enhance their sense of civic responsibility.”

Since 2004, the Scholarship of Engagement grants program has supported outreach projects that address a community need, create collaborations across disciplines and university units and offer service-learning opportunities to UGA students. Lessons learned from projects supported by these grants can have a profound impact on the faculty member’s research and teaching and helps interweave the elements of UGA’s three-part mission.

The 2007-2008 Scholarship of Engagement – International grant recipients, their areas and projects are:

Alex Kojo Anderson (foods and nutrition): Maternal and Child Nutrition in Ghana;

Julia Ruguero de Atiles (child and family development) and Silvia Giraudo (foods and nutrition): Obesity Education for Children in Mexico;

Alberto E. Patino Douce (geology) and Michael Roden (geology): Economic Development in Antofagasta de la Sierra, Argentina;

Dale Gauthreaux (Institute for Leadership Advancement): The Global Text Project: Maymester Service-Learning in Tanzania;

Robert Galen (health administration, biostatistics and epidemiology): Service-Learning and Internship Program in Vietnam;

Alan Godlas (religion): Intercultural Engagement and Service Program in Morocco;

Denise C. Lewis (child and family development): Intergenerational Service-Learning: Cambodian Elders Raising Grandchildren;

Leara Rhodes (journalism): Media Resource Computer Center in Tanzania;

Deborah J. Tippins (math and science education): Unlocking Secrets of the Earth: Preparing the Next Generation of Science Leaders in Thailand; and

Nancy R. Williams (social work): Linking Global Education with Local Community Needs through Service-Learning, Mexico.

The 2007-2008 Scholarship of Engagement – Domestic grant recipients, their areas and projects are:

Angela Fertig (Carl Vinson Institute of Government; health administration, biostatistics and epidemiology): Child Support Arrears in Georgia: Who Doesn’t Pay and Why?;

Ted Futris (child and family development): Building Relationships: University and Community Partners Supporting Healthy Marriages;

Lisa Liguori (Marine Extension Service): Testing the Waters: Community-Based Research to Reduce the Risks of Contaminated Seafood in Glynn County; and

Njeri Marekia-Cleaveland (International Center for Democratic Governance): Engagement to Address Georgia’s Immigrant/Refugee Policy and Program Gaps.