WSSU undergraduates are the central focus of the Office of Science Initiatives. We seek to engage them intellectually in the classroom and through faculty-mentored research in order to facilitate their success at WSSU and beyond. Our grants program is designed with this in mind.

The teaching grant program promises to renew our STEM courses. It will build upon early faculty success using evidence-based (i.e. proven and documented by peer-reviewed journal articles), active-learning (i.e. interactive and non-passive), and student-centered (not instructor-centric) teaching practices.

The research grant program seeks to (re)ignite faculty research productivity by facilitating the development of collaborative projects that involve undergraduate student mentees.

Teaching Grants

The Winston-Salem State University Office Science Initiatives’ Teaching Grants Program seeks to stimulate innovative projects in instructional approaches and content delivery to improve student learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in two focus areas: 1) Innovation proposals to improve teaching and learning in STEM courses at the undergraduate level; and 2) Catalyst proposals to cultivate the creative integration of research & teaching. In addition, the program aims to seed projects that are competitive for external funding.

The maximum award is $5,000 for Innovation projects and $15,000 for Catalyst projects and may be for an individual WSSU faculty member or a team, with a WSSU faculty member serving as the PI. Collaboration is encouraged and may take a variety of forms. In all cases grantees are required to measure and report the impact of the project on student learning using methods such as pre-post testing, comparisons groups, or qualitative methodologies. OSI grantees will be required to submit interim and final reports and will be asked to share their work (in-progress and completed) at a symposium with other grantees. We also anticipate that work from the teaching grants will be shared at state- and national-level conferences and institutes.

Research Grants

The Winston-Salem State University Office of Science Initiatives’ Research Grant Program seeks to stimulate innovative research and encourage the development of collaborative research projects in the behavioral, natural, and physical sciences. The program aims to seed projects that are competitive for external funding.

The maximum award is $25,000 for Frontier projects and may be for an individual faculty member or a team. Collaboration is highly encouraged and may take a variety of forms. In all cases grantees are required to measure and report the outcomes of the project, including any products. Grantees will be required to submit interim and final reports and will be asked to share their work (in-progress and completed) with the WSSU community. We also anticipate that work from the OSI Research Grants will be shared at state- and national-level conferences.