McMurry University Faculty Receive Sam Taylor Fellowships

  Gary Ellison
  Monday, January 12, 2015 3:17 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Three McMurry University faculty members have been chosen to receive the Sam Taylor Fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year. Given annually by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, the Fellowships are for research projects or continuing education. Recipients of the award and their plans for the funding are:

Dr. Kathy Hall, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, will be will studying Project-based Learning (PBL), a curriculum process that encourages student to work together cooperatively developing projects and finding solutions to real-world problems.  This research project will investigate the processes used in PBL, the benefits of PBL in terms of student achievement, and how PBL can be incorporated into a standards based, test-driven learning environment. More specifically, the research study is designed to investigate methods of incorporating Project-based Learning into teacher education courses and to assist pre-service teachers in incorporating the components of Project-based Learning into lessons and units designed for their chosen teaching fields and grade-level.

Dr. Hyunshun Shin, associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Anna Saghatelyan, professor of biology, will be looking for new anticancer/antimicrobial agents from natural sources, specifically for active secondary compounds from several west Texas plants. Their proposal, “Evaluation of Extracts from West Texas Plants as Antitumor and Antimicrobial Agents,” is intended to identify the chemical components and evaluate the biological activity of collected species in collaboration with other institutions to contribute to the development of newer drugs from natural resources.  

The will of the late Sam Taylor set aside funds to be used for continuing education and development for faculty members of United Methodist-related colleges and schools in Texas. These grants may be used for graduate study or post-graduate research. Funds are limited and the fellowships are competitive. The Division of Higher Education of the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry administers the endowment.

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