University of South Carolina

Institute for African American Research awards research grants

The Institute for African American Research (IAAR) has awarded research grants to three faculty members and three doctoral students.

IAAR was established in 2008 to support research that enhances the scholarly study and public understanding of race and black life in South Carolina, the Southeast and beyond.

This is the institute’s second round of research grant awards.

The IAAR awards research grants twice annually -- $1,500 for faculty and $1,000 for graduate students.

The award recipients and their projects:

  • Dr. Jerry Mitchell, associate professor of geography and director of the Center of Excellence for Geographic Education; Lisa Randle, a doctoral student in anthropology. Project: “Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Connections: Teaching about South Carolina Rice Plantations.” As part of the project, the pair will create and produce posters for use in K-12 classrooms that will feature maps, images and historical information.
  • Dr. Wilfried Karmaus, professor, department of epidemiology and biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health; Alycia Albergottie, department of epidemiology and biostatistics. Project: “Increased stress and specific stress factors among pregnant African American women.” Karmaus and Albergottie will study the levels of hormones cortisol, estradiol and progesterone and the genes involved in endocrine regulation during pregnancy.
  • Dr. Saundra Glover, associate professor, director of the Institute of Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities, Arnold School of Public Health; Larrell Wilkinson, doctoral student and director of the university’s Drug and Alcohol Programs. Project: “Black Students Scope: Stress Coping & Obstruction Prevention & Education.” They pair will study the mental health needs of African-American students and the support structures needed at universities and colleges to meet those needs.
  • Athena King, a doctoral student in political science, College of Arts and Sciences. Project: “Political policies that have produced or maintained racial or ethnic stratification in the United States.” King’s study will explore the history of relationships among whites, African Americans and Hispanics in Western region of the United States.
  • Florencia Cornet, a doctoral student in comparative literature, College of Arts and Sciences. Project: “Modern Colonial Female Subjects: A Comparative Analysis of the U.S. Afro-Latina and the Curasolena Case.” Cornet will explore national political change and its impact on women in the Curacao and New York Afro-Latina diaspora.
  • Debeshi Maitra, a doctoral student in the department of health services, policy and management, Arnold School of Public Health. Project: “Examining the Influences of School Reproductive Health Services on Trajectories of STI Diagnosis among Black and White Females Making the Transition to Adulthood.” Maitra will study the statistical disparities between racial and ethnic groups of adolescents at risk of sexually transmitted infection (STI) and whether differing types of reproductive health services provided by schools contribute to those disparities.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 08/21/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 08/21/09 @ 4:58 PM | Permalink