- Faculty and staff of The University of Southern Mississippi were
awarded a record $67 million-plus in research funding this past
fiscal year, marking the fifth year in a row externally generated
dollars have increased.
five-year period, research funding at Southern Miss has more than
doubled, leaping from just over $30 million in 1999 to this year's
total of $67,132,899.
2003, which ended June 30, also marked a significant increase over
the previous year in the number of proposals for grant funding submitted
by Southern Miss faculty and staff. That's something seen as key
to the university's ongoing efforts to increase research funding.
there were 639 proposals for grant funding submitted, compared to
574 last year.
wonderful to see funding increase this year over last," said
Southern Miss President Dr. Shelby Thames, "and it is even
more encouraging to see that the number of proposals submitted have
gone up dramatically.
is the only way to get our funding to rise, and I am pleased to
see the faculty and staff embrace our mission of research."
Miss College of Marine Sciences - based at the Gulf Coast Laboratory
in Ocean Springs - led the way this past year, generating $19,301,715
in external research funding.
Not far behind
was the College of Science and Technology - which includes the School
of Polymers and High Performance Materials - with $18,534,869 in
grants and contracts.
'03 marked the last time these two pillars of Southern Miss' external
funding efforts will be broken down separately when such tallies
are made. On July 1, the College of Marine Sciences became a department
within the College of Science and Technology, effectively placing
a combined $37,836,584 in '03 research funding under one administrative
funding dollars generated by these and other colleges and programs
at Southern Miss are a tribute to the faculty, said Dr. Angeline
Dvorak, Southern Miss Vice President for Research and Economic Development.
Miss's ability to compete in the market of external dollars directly
links to the quality faculty and staff that make up the university's
research community," Dvorak said. "Southern Miss faculty
and staff should be proud of the efforts they have made to ensure
that this institution becomes known for its success in external
of Health and Human Sciences - recently restructured as the College
of Health - brought in an impressive $5,514,956 in external research
funding this past year. A college that was placed under the new
College of Health's auspices - the College of Nursing - generated
College of Liberal Arts - which has since been expanded into the
College of Arts and Letters - garnered $4,966,721 in external research
funding. The College of the Arts, now located within Arts and Letters,
brought in $115,860 in research dollars.
the College of Education and Psychology received $3,304,148 in grants
and contracts this past year.
and Continuing Education at Southern Miss was well-funded, bringing
in some $2,341,571 during fiscal year '03, and the College of Business
Administration - now Business and Economic Development - generated
$182,810 in external funding.
bringing in significant research funding this past year included
the Institute for Disability Studies, which generated $2,746,140.
throughout the dollars and cents breakdown is the increase in grant
proposals submitted, which has helped drive the rise in research
especially excited that our proposal submission numbers have increased,"
said Connie Wyldmon, director of the Southern Miss Office of Research
and Sponsored Programs. "This increase is indicative of our
faculty and staff's diligence in pursuing external funding for their
research and scholarly activities."
to the $67 million-plus total for fiscal year '03, another $10 million
in research funding has been committed to Southern Miss.