Research Grants are an important part of the College of Arts and Sciences at Barry University. Every year more and more students and faculty are able to participate in programs that enrich learning. Funding totaling in the millions has already been awarded to the College of Arts and Sciences, and a wide list of opportunities has been available to students.
By being part of the College of Arts and Sciences, you not only get to study your major of choice under distinguished faculty, but you also have the amazing chance to participate in programs that will open doors to your future and give you extended knowledge.
The following list demonstrates what the College of Arts and Sciences has accomplished recently:
National Science Foundation Grants Prestigious $224,145 Award
In April 2011, Dr. Zuzana Zajickova, was awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant from the division of Chemical and Biological Separations (CBS) in the amount of $224,145 for the duration of three years. According to Barry’s Grants Office this is the largest NSF amount ever awarded to any faculty at Barry. This funding provides stipend support for two undergraduate students during summer session and academic year and allows her research team to travel to scientific meetings to present research results and to continue her collaboration with scientists at the Molecular Foundry.
Cell Biology Fellowship for Research and Workshops unite Students, Faculty, and Administration
Dr. Brenda Schoffstall was awarded a 2012 Linkage Fellows Award from the Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC) of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). This fellowship provides $10,000 to each fellow under a MAC grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Science (NIH/NIGMS). The funding is provided to selected faculty from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI’s) to participate in a variety of professional and student developmental activities that promote cell biology at their home institutions. The major goal of this program is to increase participation of faculty from MSI’s to “serve as a link between the institution, its students, faculty and administration, and the ASCB MAC.” Dr. Schoffstall’s proposal includes funding for supplies to support the research training of 5 undergraduate research students and for two workshops during the 2012-2013 academic year. These workshops will be open to all interested Barry Biology majors and faculty, and an invitation to attend will be extended to Biology students from our neighboring MSI, Florida Memorial University. The award is granted for one academic year, and is renewable annually through the regular application process.
Department of Energy Provides Funding for Research and Instrumentation
Dr. Tony Wallner in collaboration with the Division of Institutional Advancement and the Director of External Affairs has received three Department of Energy (DOE) grants for improvements in the areas of science education and research. The first DOE grant in 2008 entitled “Interdisciplinary Science Program and Barry University” awarded $383,000 to purchase needed instrumentation for the Department of Physical Sciences to support undergraduate research and the biochemistry specialization. The second DOE grant in 2010 entitled “Barry University Physical Science Improvement Project” awarded $739,000 for infrastructure improvements. The grant funded a new faculty research laboratory housing the research groups of two faculty members as well as a new biochemistry/advanced chemistry teaching laboratory accommodating 24 students along with a cold room for enzymatic sample preparation. The third DOE grant in 2011 entitled “Enhancing a Student Centered Approach to Science Education and Research” awarded $1,164,000 for infrastructure improvements and new construction. This grant will build a new chemical stockroom along with a new anatomy laboratory. It will also update faculty research space in two different buildings to accommodate the research groups of five faculty members in physical sciences and biology. Additionally, it will create a student computer room/study area for biology students.
Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)
This renewable grant has been awarded to Barry University by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, and National Institutes of Health since 1983. Underepresented minority students (African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Asians, and Pacific Islanders) enter this two-year program as juniors. Visit the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) site for more information.
Minority Biomedical Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement
The MBRS RISE Program was created by the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to enhance the research environment at minority-serving institutions. The overall goal is to increase the interest, skills, and competitiveness of biology and chemistry majors in pursuit of biomedical research careers. Barry’s RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) Program received a four-year grant totaling $1,125,258 with $292,251 being dispersed the first year. The RISE grant is designed to provide research opportunities for biology and chemistry majors who are sophomores or juniors. Some of the activities include carrying out research at Barry and off-campus sites; attending and presenting research at scientific meetings; and participating in graduate school activities. The RISE Program was created by the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to enhance the research environment at minority-serving institutions. Dr. Flona Redway in Barry’s biology department is overseeing the program.
Visit the RISE site for more information.
Grants Make Cinematic Music Series Possible on Barry’s Campus
Funded by the Miami Salon Group and Citizens Interested in the Arts, Barry University’s 2012-2013 “Cinematic Music Series” will be a unique musical and visual experience. Each concert event will feature live musical selections and projected visual images from specific cinematic genres. The following genres are proposed for the 2012-2013 season:
November 17, 2012: Epic Classics (Gone with the Wind, The Godfather, Titanic, and others);
December 1, 2012: Disney Classics
March 23, 2013: Heroes (Robin Hood, Batman, Superman, Lara Croft, and others).
The music, performed by Barry University Fine Arts Department faculty and/or guest artists and student musicians, will be accompanied by clips from the corresponding films. The projected cinematic images will combine with the live ensemble performance to tell stories of love, loss, betrayal, friendship, adversity and perseverance.
The 2012-2013 “Cinematic Music Series” concerts will take place in the beautifully-renovated, acoustically-superior Gato Gallery on Barry University’s main campus in Miami Shores. The Gallery, located in Thompson Hall, will afford audience members an intimate performance experience.
Minority Biomedical Research Support for Competitive Research
Barry University professor Dr. Leticia Vega was awarded a Support of Continuous Research Excellence (SCORE) Grant in the amount of $300,000. The SCORE Grant is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Faculty and Students Collaborate to Introduce Research Concepts into Computer Science Courses
A grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $43,753, was awarded to Barry’s Dr. James Haralambides, professor of math and computer science. The two-year grant allowed Haralambides and undergraduate students working with him to research multimedia processing curriculum, disseminate the findings, test the curriculum and then implement it. The grant was in partnership with the University of New Orleans.
$73,250 Awarded for Summer Research
Dr. Zuzana Zajickova, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, received an appointment to the US Department of Energy (DOE)/National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty and Student Team (FaST) program and funding in the amount of $73,250 for the duration of three years (2008-2010). This provided her and five Barry undergraduate students with the opportunity to conduct summer research for ten weeks each year at the prestigious Molecular Foundry User Facility located at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA.
Haitian Empowerment & Literacy Project Assists Haitian Youth in Miami
The Haitian Empowerment & Literacy Project (H.E.L.P.) was a continuation of a project that was co-sponsored by Nova Southeastern University and Barry University that was funded by the Children’s Trust. The project, called L.I.F.E. was run at Barry University the summer of 2010. However, the H.E.L.P. project was run independently of Nova Southeastern. The project served Haitian adolescents ages 13-18 and ran 5 days a week for 7 weeks from 8 am to 3 pm. H.E.L.P. is an art-based summer enrichment program aimed at providing a comprehensive multi-disciplinary curriculum to assist Haitian adolescents in Miami, who have performed poorly on the FCAT and in other academic areas. The goal of H.E.L.P. is to provide a quality art-based program that will empower Haitian youth in the Miami-Dade community to make positive life choices, develop socio-cultural awareness, and to build literacy skills that will enable them to maximize their personal potential. By building these skills, they can make positive contributions to their family, school and community.