The deadline for application to the Academy has been extended to Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Participants who successfully submit will receive an iPad and $3,000 in summer support to pursue their scholarly agendas. (Please note that the application cannot be saved in-progress, but needs to be completed in one session.)

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The Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement will host a working session for faculty interested in securing external funding for their research agendas and creative endeavors.  This session offers the opportunity for them to discuss their research ideas with faculty from throughout the campus, to explore potential funding sources and to learn more about the Academy.  The session will convene on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. on the fourth floor of the H.T. Sampson Library.  

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Safiya Omari, Ph.D. has been selected as the third director of the JSU Center for University Scholars. An associate professor of social work, Omari is also the director of the Southern Institute for Mental Health Advocacy Research and Training. Recently, she served as chief of staff to Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. Dr. Omari earned a bachelor’s degree in psyschology at Louisiana Tech University, a master’s of clinical psychology at California State University-Los Angeles and a doctorate in psychology from Northeastern University.

Dr. Omari will focus on expanding the visibility of the Center for University Scholars and its activities and supporting the research interests and teaching performance of JSU faculty.

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Dr. Victor Ifedayo Ogungbe, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, received three grants worth nearly $400,000 to expand his research in chemical biology, drug discovery and structural biology. The awarding entities are the National Institutes of Health National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Science Foundation Mississippi ESPCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research/Institutional Development Award) and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. After joining the faculty at Jackson State in January 2013, Ogungbe participated in the second cohort of the Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement.

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Academy Scholars Presentations and Closing Ceremony

April 1st, 2014 by Kenya Hudson

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Interim Vice President Loretta Moore Honored by IHL

February 24th, 2014 by Kenya Hudson

The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning recognized the accomplishments of Dr. Loretta Moore in contributing to the advancement of diversity and making a difference in the lives of Mississippi citizens.  Dr. Moore is the interim Vice President for Research and Federal Relations, Principal Investigator for JSU ADVANCE and Professor of Computer Science at Jackson State University.

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NEH Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

We invite you to apply for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship program specifically for faculty at historically black colleges and universities pursuing scholarly research projects in the humanities with value to scholars, general audiences or students in the humanities. The fellowship supports six to twelve months of full-time research with a stipend of $4,200 per month. Suggested products of the fellowship are articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions or other scholarly tools. Fellows may also re-design existing courses. The deadline for projects beginning in 2015 is April 15, 2014.

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The Center for University Scholars congratulates all of the recipients of the 2014 Presidential Creative Awards for Faculty and Staff!  In particular, it acknowledges three former Academy Scholars who received awards: Dr. Evornia Kincaid, Dr. Yu-Chun Kuo and Dr. Duanjun Lu.  Contact us to learn how we can help support your research productivity!


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What’s Your Wow Factor? Research Proposal Abstracts

January 21st, 2014 by Kenya Hudson

During the Fifth Academy Workshop, Mr. David Hoard, JSU Vice President of Institutional Advancement, discussed the importance of a succinct and compelling "elevator pitch" for faculty seeking external funding for their research.  Please write and upload a 200-word or less abstract that introduces your idea and its "wow factor," demonstrates how this idea can change the world and explains in layman's terms what you plan to do.


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Academy Application Deadline Extended to Sep. 27

September 20th, 2013 by Kenya Hudson

Due to overwhelming demand, the deadline for application to the Research and Scholarly Engagement Academy has been extended to Friday, September 27, 2013. The Academy invites applications from all faculty for this intensive year-long series of activities including workshops, mentoring, coaching and engagement with foundations and federal agencies. For more information, please contact the Center for University Scholars by e-mail at or by phone at (601) 979-6949 or (601) 979-0691.

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