November 17, 2006

Six SIUC women get research support awards

by Sun Min

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Six promising young scholars at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will receive a financial boost to support their research efforts.

The winners of the 2006-2007 Joint Women's Studies and University Professional Advancement Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Awards are:

• Sarah E. Kanouse, assistant professor, Department of Cinema & Photography

• Gina J. Paul, assistant professor, School of Medicine

• Susan Davenport Stewart, assistant professor, School of Music

• Pamela J. Stover, assistant professor, School of Music

• Jacinda Townsend, assistant professor, Department of English

• Mengxia Zhu, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science

Each woman will receive up to $600 to cover expenses related to scholarship that are not typically covered by departments or grants. Such expenses include research-related travel, computer hardware and software. Equipment will remain the property of SIUC on loan to the applicant.

"The reviewers were impressed with the significance of the research and creative work by the applicants," said M. Joan McDermott, director of Women's Studies. "I am thrilled that the professors selected for funding represent the richness and diversity of women's scholarship on the campus."

Judges reviewed and evaluated proposals based on the following criteria: purpose or relevance of research, enhancement of professional development, need or justification and completeness of proposal.

Fostering faculty excellence is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.