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Seed grant program recipients announced

The Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach has announced the grant recipients for two programs that encourage development of sustainable domestic and international outreach activities. Sixteen grants were awarded to UGA academic and public service faculty members who plan to incorporate service learning or other outreach activities into their teaching and research.

The Scholarship of Engagement Grants for University Engagement grants support work that aims to help the people of Georgia and the Southeast economically and socially, especially the growing Latino population. The kinds of work this program supports include service learning and service-based instruction, community-based participatory research, applied research and policy analysis, technical assistance and program development and delivery. 

The International Development Education Awards foster globalization of UGA and the state of Georgia by helping faculty and staff develop outreach programs on an international level. IDEAS projects enable UGA faculty, staff and students to contribute to positive changes in a global society and help empower Georgia communities and businesses to compete and thrive in a global economy. Project locations for this year’s IDEAS programs include Costa Rica, Kenya, Morocco and Vietnam.

“We have received another group of strong proposals this year,” says Art Dunning, vice president for public service and outreach. “I was pleased to see the degree of interdisciplinary collaboration and service learning that were included in the funded projects.”

SEGUE grant recipients, their department and  projects are: Stephanie Bohon, sociology,  “First Annual Latino/a Youth Conference”; Christine Burgoyne, Georgia Center for Continuing Education,  “Science and Math Camp: A Summer Academy for Underrepresented Youth”;  Marianne Cramer and Eric MacDonald, environmental design, “Engaging Students in Preserving the Saltwater Geechee Cultural Heritage on Sapelo Island, Georgia”; Sharon Gibson, extension family and consumer sciences, Karen Leonas, textiles, merchandising and interiors and June Griffin, English, “Pesticide Exposure Through Cross-Contaminations in Agricultural Workers Families’ Laundry: A Cross Discipline Service-Learning Project Addressing Community Identified Needs”;  Su-I Hou,  health promotion and behavior  and Glenn Ames, international public service and outreach,  “A Public Health Initiative in the Pinewood Hispanic Mobile Home Community”;  Richard Kiely, lifelong education, administration and policy, “Cultivating a Culture of Service Learning: A Partnership Between the Consortium for Better Teaching and Learning and the Classic City High School Performance Learning Center”; Soyoung Kim, textiles, merchandising and interiors, “Student Partnerships with Georgia’s Small Businesses to Embrace E-Commerce”; and Edward Delgado-Romero and Pamela Paisley, counseling and human development, and Paul Matthews, Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education, “School Counselors as Educational Leaders for Georgia Latino/a K-12 Students.”

IDEAS grant recipients, their department and projects are: Marsha Black, environmental health science, “Establishing a Citizen-Based Water Quality Monitoring Program in Vietnam: A Service-Learning Exercise for EHSC 4400/6400 Students”; Kris Irwin, forest resources, “Environmental Education in Costa Rica: A UGA Service-Learning Experience”; William Kisaalita, biological and agricultural engineering, “Strengthening Moroccan Women’s Argan Oil Cooperatives Through Culturally Appropriate Technology: An Opportunity to Prepare Globally Competent Engineers and Scientists”; Jeannette Manders, Institute on Human Development and Disability, “Full Futures for All: Developing Inclusive Education and Vocational Training for Vietnamese with Disabilities”; Maria Navarro,  agricultural leadership, education and communication, “Engaging Students in International Development Efforts” Marianne Robinette, entomology,  “Insect Natural History in Costa Rica: A Study Abroad Service-Learning Entomology Project”; Don Rubin, speech communication, “Radio Edu-tainment for Promoting Healthy Communication Between Sexual Partners in Kenya and the U.S. Latino Communities”; and Freda Scott-Giles, theater and film studies, Sandra Whitney, African Studies Institute and Abdulahi Osman,  international affairs and African studies,  “Sustainable Service-Learning in East Africa: Focus on Tanzania.”