Grants and Research

Carroll University’s grants and research team works collaboratively with faculty and staff to secure government-funded grants that support a variety of pioneering campus initiatives. Carroll is consistently recognized as an innovative leader in higher education as evidenced by some of our most recent awards.

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Carroll University receives $1 million grant to support STEM majors

The grant provided by the National Science Foundation will provide academic and financial support.

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Carroll University awarded $250,000 NSF grant

The grant from the National Science Foundation will further international research experiences.

Grant Highlight
IRES grant makes research presentation at prestigious symposium possible for Allison Tomczyk '18
 

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Government Funded Grant Projects

National Endowment for the Humanities

Enduring Questions Grant Program
Carroll University has received two grant awards totaling $35,294 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Enduring Questions grant program. The grants support faculty in Carroll's College of Arts and Sciences to develop and teach new undergraduate courses that are question-driven and will encourage influential ideas, works and thinkers over the centuries.

National Science Foundation

Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM)
Carroll received a five-year, $1,000,000 National Science Foundation grant in support of the Scholarships in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) grant project, “Carroll University Pro-STEM Initiative: Promoting STEM Retention through Self-Efficacy.” The program will be led by John Symms, Kathy Kramer and fund 128 scholarships over five years for students who are pursuing bachelor's degrees in applied physics, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science and mathematics. To promote academic success and retention within these STEM majors, the program will iIncorporate self-efficacy building strategies in select general education course sections, foster support of project goals through a faculty professional learning community populated by those who teach first-year courses in the targeted field, and implement peer-led study groups and community building activities to support self-efficacy and retention.

International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded an International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) grant to fund Carroll's Chemistry Research Education Abroad and Transcultural Experience (CREATE). This $250,000 grant will expand an existing program for undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry students to provide 15 students with 12-week summer research experiences at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland over the course of the next three years. Students will develop cross-disciplinary scientific skills through exposure to technology, projects and scientists that are not readily accessible at Carroll. The $250,000 grant award begins 9/1/16 and runs through 8/31/19.

Carroll University Greene Field Station (GFS)
Carroll University has received $244,055 from the National Science Foundation Improvements in Facilities, Communications and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML) program to create a research and education center at the Carroll University Greene Field Station (GFS). Despite the lack of on-site facilities for research and appropriate infrastructure to support data acquisition, management and dissemination, Carroll faculty and students have conducted research at the GFS outdoor laboratory since the 1970s. The renovation of an existing building into a research facility will expand research agendas, provide infrastructure needed for outside collaboration and community use, and offer space for the university to introduce the experimenting across the curriculum initiative, a groundbreaking project that will integrate research and education, educating all students in scientific literacy. The research and education center will also provide the foundation needed for Carroll faculty to conduct ongoing projects both in ecological and pedagogical research.

STEP Initiative – Engineering in Waukesha County
On September 1, 2012 Carroll University began a five-year, $446,123 project funded by the National Science Foundation intended to increase the number of students pursuing careers in engineering, especially women. The project builds on Carroll's partnerships with UW-Platteville and UW-Milwaukee and supports new collaborations with local high schools and industry. High school and undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in hands on, real-world projects supplied by industry partners. The award also supports the development of mentoring programs, leadership training and a living-learning community for future engineers.

CPATH-1: Developing Computational Thinking Skills Across the Undergraduate Curriculum
In 2009, the National Science Foundation awarded Carroll University a two-year $199,595 grant to support a multi- disciplinary project in computational science and computational thinking. The project developed new curriculum in Computational Thinking, including new courses to replace the existing statistics sequence.

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Carroll University StaR Scholar Program
In 2006, Carroll University was awarded $393,300 to support scholarships for high academic ability students who pursue study in chemistry, biochemistry, or molecular biology. The objectives of the program are to: attract high ability students to the chemistry, biochemistry and biology programs; improve student retention from first to second year; promote academic excellence for the cohort receiving scholarships; and provide clear bridges to professional careers.

NSF – CCLI: Adapting Models of Excellence to Enhance the Core Biology Curriculum
In 2002, Carroll University was awarded $82,995 to fund equipment and faculty development to: strengthen the investigatory skills of students; model the integration of biological fields; and develop and implement multilevel assessment strategies that validate practice and identify areas for growth. The focus of the grant was Carroll’s four- course core curriculum for Biology Majors.

NSF – CCLI: Integrating Fluorescence Spectroscopy into the Undergraduate Science Curriculum
In 2000, Carroll University was awarded $15,360 for the ability to use fluorescence spectroscopy in the science curricula to enhance student learning by allowing for the development of practical skills in the operation and collection of fluorescence measurements and using real data to help students understand spectroscopic theory by assimilating the underlying principles of quantum mechanics and electronic/energy transitions. This project focused on the immediate adaptation and implementation of experiments from the research and educational literature into the curriculum at all levels: general, analytical, instrumentation, biochemistry, and physical.

U.S. Department of Education

Internationalizing Teacher Education
In 2010, Carroll received a two-year, $181,467 grant from the U.S. Department of Education International Education Programs Service to internationalize teacher education through field immersion experiences. Carroll set up a field immersion practicum in Costa Rica and laid the groundwork for another in Vietnam. Carroll students will be able to receive CCE credit as well as credit for the required Intercultural Field Immersion course through participation in this program.

Carroll International Business Initiative
In 2009, the U.S. Department of Education awarded a two-year, $189,719 grant to Carroll University to support the university's international business initiative and enhance the international business curriculum. Business faculty worked with political science to develop the global studies minor, developed new NCEP courses, added international components to courses throughout the business curriculum and brought in speakers to help internationalize the business department.

Title III Strengthening Institutions Program
Pathways to Success – The Title III program funded Carroll University’s $1.9 million five-year project that began in 2009. The Pathways to Success project supports three initiatives: 1) faculty training in engaging pedagogies; 2) advisor training and development; and 3) student success and retention monitoring.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HRSA Primary Care Training and Enhancement
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded a $1.25 million Primary Care Training and Enhancement grant to fund the Carroll University Physician Assistant Primary Care Training and Enhancement Program. This five-year project will train PA students to work with interdisciplinary teams, preparing them to deliver healthcare in underserved communities. College of Health Sciences faculty will collaboratively design and implement a curriculum that trains PA students and other Carroll health science students – physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and public health to deliver integrated population health services. Students will provide wellness, primary care and health literacy education to seniors and their families at the United Community Center's Senior Center. The grant began 7/1/2016 and will be completed on 6/30/2021. 

HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity
In 2014, Carroll University was awarded a three-year, $762,535 Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA). The grant will fund the creation of the Carroll University Academic Success Program in Nursing (ASPIN). The program will create a pipeline of K-12 students from medically underserved areas, who will participate in pre-entry activities and programs that promote health education and career opportunities. Additionally, the program will provide scholarship and academic support services to underrepresented students enrolled in Carroll's nursing program.

Physical Therapy and Nursing Scholarships
In 2011, Carroll received a one-year award of $20,494 to support economically or environmentally disadvantaged students majoring in nursing or physical therapy. Scholarship awards were based on financial need and were aimed at defraying the cost of tuition and fees for students who demonstrated unmet financial need.

Physical Therapy Scholarships
In 2010, Carroll received $22,308 in federal funding, including $9,124 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to support scholarships for disadvantaged students in the university's physical therapy program. Funding was awarded from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Physician Assistant Training in Primary Care
In 2010, Carroll University was awarded a five- year $967,687 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The award supports the design, implementation and assessment of a new cultural competency component of the curriculum, which focuses on developing students’ abilities to provide effective treatment to minority populations.

U.S. Department of Justice

Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Grant
Carroll University has received $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to create programming that works toward reducing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on campus. The three-year grant allows the university to customize its programming in the areas that are of most need to the institution. A project coordinator and graduate assistant will be hired and utilize a campus climate survey to assess those needs. As part of the focus on campus and community engagement, Carroll will work with The Women’s Center of Waukesha and Waukesha Police Department to help train campus staff including first responders, Title IX investigators and public safety officers in comprehensive interpersonal violence response training.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Preparing Elementary Dual Certification Candidates - State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)
In 2014, Carroll University received a five-year $50,000 State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) - Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) Focus on PLC's mini grant award; one of only nine awarded. The grant will help fund the project titled: Teacher Residency PLC: Preparing Elementary Dual Certification Candidates. If Carroll's projected performance meets achievement measures, there is potential for an additional one to two years of funding.

Pre-College Scholarship Program: Horizontes en Carroll
In 2015, Carroll University received a two-year, $39,000 award from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for 45 disadvantaged students in grades 9-12 to gain an increased awareness of the value of college education and the financial resources available to support college attendance. This one-week summer program combines classroom instruction and experiential learning that is designed to strengthen academic skills, develop motivation and self-esteem, and initiate mentoring relationships with college students.

State Personnel Development Grant
In 2011 Carroll received $10,000 from the DPI for a project entitled Innovative Approaches to Special Education Teacher Education. This project involved development of a certificate and a new major in the area of special education, as well as development of an articulation agreement with MATC. In 2012, Carroll received another of these SPDG grants for $10,000 for a project entitled Interdisciplinary Faculty Learning Community Meets RtI. This project funded faculty development and training in the theory and practice of using the RtI framework.

Precollege Scholarship Program
In 2010, Carroll University received $21,725 for scholarships for 135 students enrolled in summer enrichment classes or a summer pre-college program for high school students. In 2011, Carroll University received $19,540 for scholarships for 39 students enrolled in summer enrichment classes or a summer pre-college program for high school students, and in 2012, Carroll received $19,134 in scholarships for 56 students enrolled in summer enrichment classes or a summer pre-college program.

Precollege Scholarship Program: Horizontes en Carroll
In 2013, Carroll University received a two-year, $39,000 award from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for 45 disadvantaged students in grades 9-12 to gain an increased awareness of the value of college education and the financial resources available to support college attendance. This one-week summer program combines classroom instruction and experiential learning that is designed to strengthen academic skills, develop motivation and self-esteem, and initiate mentoring relationships with college students.

Collaborative Grants

Milwaukee Writing Project
The MWP is funded by the National Writing Project, a national network of writing centers supported by the U.S. Department of Education, foundations, corporations, universities and K-12 schools. Carroll University has been awarded $15,000 of federal funds for the 2017 - 2018 Seed invitational Leadership Institute. The purpose of this grant is to expand and develop teacher leadership to improve the teaching of writing and learning in the nation's schools.

Change Incubator Funding
The MCW consortium on Public and Community Health awarded $10,000 for a 3-month period to design a strategic framework to create and foster a sustained, public health dialog on gun violence prevention through an evidence-supported, updated online tool kit as a resource for a range of Greater Milwaukee audiences, including other prevention efforts.

Salud a la Vista: mobile TeleEye Health (mTEH)
The TeleEye Health Collaborative between the Milwaukee Health Department, United Community Center, Carroll University, Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University will create a new system of diabetic eye screening within MHD and in the community. It will serve as a model that can be adopted by other regional health departments and academic and community partners.

Milwaukee Writing Project
The MWP is funded by the National Writing Project, a national network of writing centers supported byt eh U.S. Department of Education, foundations, corporations, universities and K-12 schools. Carroll University has hosted the Milwaukee Writing Project continuously since 1986. In 2010, the National Writing Project awarded $46,000 to the NWP. In 2011, the National Writing Project awarded $35,000 to the MWP. In 2012, the National Writing Project awarded $40,000 to the MWP. The National Writing Project awarded $20,000 over two years from 2014-2016 to SEED Teacher Leadership Development Grant.

Wisconsin Campus Compact

Americorps*VISTA
Wisconsin Campus Compact awarded Carroll University a renewal to its existing AmeriCorps*VISTA position that began in July 2012. This position is now supported through June 2014 and will continue to support Carroll University’s pre-college mentorship programs for disadvantaged students. Carroll’s VISTA will expand a mentorship training program to support existing and future pre-college programs including Youth to Discover and CEO Carroll Connection. WiCC VISTA projects are valued at $30,622.

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