Awards Received in Fiscal Year 2013-2014

College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences

  • Monika Dix, Assistant Professor of Modern Foreign Languages, received $420 from the Japan Foundation to purchase Japanese-language teaching materials.  These materials will be an asset to both the curriculum and culture of offered Japanese courses.

College of Education

  • Tamara Barrientos, Director SVSU Regional Mathematics and Science Center, received $62,462 from the Michigan Department of Education for the Mathematics and Science Center. The professional development provided to local teachers to strengthen their leadership in teaching STEM education is important.  

Crystal M. Lange College of Health & Human Services

  • Vanessa Brooks Herd, Associate Professor of Social Work, received $7,368 from the Michigan Education Trust Charitable Tuition Program to allow further support of former foster children now enrolled as SVSU students.
  • Elizabeth Roe, Professor of Nursing, received $37,500 over the next three years from the Saginaw Community Foundation - Ruth & Ted Braun Fellowship for her project, Mentoring for Evidence-based Practice: A Collaborative Approach. 

College of Science, Engineering and Technology

  • Jennifer Chaytor, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, received a $4,000 Research Seed grant from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium for her project, Syntheses and Structure-Activity Relationship Studies of Bioactive Cyclic Peptides.
  • Deborah Huntley, Dean, received $2,000,000 from the Dow Chemical Company Foundation to support the Dow Science & Sustainability Education Center.  The hands on experience the center will provide students about the Saginaw Bay Watershed and the environment is valuable to K-12 students and the community.  Dr. Huntley also received $25,000 from the Consumer’s Energy Foundation to fund the Consumer’s Energy Engineering Talent Development Program, benefiting students interested in entering the field of electrical engineering.
  • Amy Hlavacek, Associate Professor of Mathematics, received a $7,500 Precollege Education grant from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium and, more recently $8,000 from the Dow Corning Donor Advised Fund for SVSU Summer Mathematics Opportunities (SuMO) Project.  Her work to increase interest in the STEM fields in the Saginaw area will benefit the University and our surrounding communities. 
  • David Karpovich, H.H. Dow Endowed Chair, received $170,775 from the National Science Foundation for his collaborative research project, “Enhancing STEM Education with Research-Based Environmental Experiments: A Multi-Institution, Cross-Curricular, and Cross-Disciplinary Initiative.”  Dr. Karpovich also received $413,234 from the University of Michigan Water Center to support the Saginaw Bay Watershed Ecological Sustainability Strategy.  His project to develop tools to educate those involved in watershed restoration is very beneficial to those in the Saginaw Bay area and surrounding communities.
  • Khandaker Abir Rahman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Information Systems, recevied a $2,500 Undergraduate Fellowship from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium on behalf of student Dustyn Tubbs for his research: Exploring facial expression as a necessary improvement to  biometric systems for security and novel future applications in  long-distance space exploration technology
  • Stephen Taber, Associate Professor of Biology, received $37,500 over the next three years from the Saginaw Community Foundation - Ruth & Ted Braun Fellowship for his project, "The Search for New Species in Michigan."
  • Robert Tuttle, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, received $5,000 from the American Iron and Steel Institute Foundation for his project, "Development of Video Tutorials for Steel Topics."  These tutorials will be beneficial to increase our students' understanding of physical metallurgy and a valuable resource for years to come.


  • Melissa Ford, Archivist, Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, received $25,296 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the Digitizing Drawings by Marshall M. Fredericks Project.  This project will digitally photograph 315 large drawings and scan 500 other drawings of the Museum’s archival collection.
  • Office of International Programs received the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan host institution grant from the U.S. Department of State – IREX.  The program brought one student in Fall 2012 and two students in Winter 2013. 
  • Mamie Thorns, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity Programs, received $11,700 from the Saginaw Community Foundation – Dow Corning Donor Advised Fund for the Youth Leadership Institute.  Dr. Thorns received $29,533 and $9,264 from the King, Chavez, Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program and Visiting Professors Program
  • Marilyn Wheaton, Director Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, received $10,000 from the Saginaw Community Foundation for the Richard Hunt, The Art of This Century Exhibition.  Ms. Wheaton received $14,210 from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, $7,000 from the Maxwell K. Pribil Memorial Fund and $2,500 from Doll-Loesel Foundation to support two museum exhibitions: The President’s Photographer: 50 Years Inside the Oval Office and the 2014 Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition.  

Awards Received In Previous Fiscal Years