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AVP-Research and Federal Relations


Dr. Bill Covington

Hello and welcome to the Research and Federal Relations website. Faculty member, student, or external collaborator — whatever brings you to our site, my staff and I are here to support your research and scholarship activity.

The mission of the Office of the Chief Research Officer (CRO) is to lead Texas State University, an Emerging Research University, in the execution of its Research Strategic Plan designed to achieve eligibility for National Research University Funding and ultimately Research University status. You can download the Strategic Plan for Research to learn more about NRUF status and our mission to become a nationally recognized research university.

In her Fall Convocation address, “The Drive for Research Excellence,” President Trauth laid out the University’s roadmap for achieving National Research University Funding (NRUF) status. It will be a long journey but we start the year off two steps closer to that goal thanks to major awards from NASA and the National Science Foundation for Texas STEM initiatives.

Billy C. Covington, Ph.D. Associate Vice President for Research and Federal Relations


NSF Webcast

As part of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) continuing commitment to enhance the diversity of the science and engineering workforce and to broaden participation and achievement of underrepresented groups, NSF is pleased to announce that it will be conducting a series of webcasts in November 2014 for faculty and research administrators from minority serving institutions. The webcasts will be held on Friday, November 7, 2014 and Thursday, November 13, 2014, with two sessions on each day. The first session on each day will be at 11:00 a.m. EST - 1:00 p.m. EST, and the second session on each day will be at 2:00 p.m. EST - 3:30 p.m. EST. Please note that each of the four webcast sessions will cover different topics.
Day one will provide an overview of the Foundation, its mission, priorities, budget, and key information about the proposal preparation and merit review processes. Day two will cover pertinent award administration and compliance topics.
We want to extend an invitation to you and others at your institution who would like to attend these webcasts and learn more about NSF and its programs. If you are interested in participating, please visit our notification website at http://events.signup4.com/MSINotificationSite to sign up for the mailing list for the upcoming November webcasts. We will email you as soon as registration for the event opens. Registration will be limited, so we encourage you to register early.

C3 Project at Texas State University 2014

Click here to see the video (http://youtu.be/GNmBw50qqmo)

Research Enhancement Program is accepting applications for year 2015

Click here to open application page

Fall Schedule for IRB Help Sessions posted

Use the University Signup system to register for IRB app or Exemption: What's the Difference and Why Should I Care? and OMG, I Have to do an IRB Application! What IS an IRB application, anyway? These tightly focused 60-minute sessions cover some of the more challenging nuts-and-bolts issues encountered when planning, submitting or revising IRB Applications and Exemption Requests.

Major New Preaward Process

With the adoption of the Kuali Coeus software solution and PropStart application, the Office of Sponsored Programs provides increased functionality and more comprehensive preaward process for researchers. Learn more about KC and PropStart.

Website Redesign

In order to serve you better, we are in the process of redesigning the AVPR website. You’ll notice some big changes in the coming weeks but there will be no disruption of our mission-critical processes. If you have questions or need assistance, contact our IT Help Desk.

New Awards in June of 2014

Project Name Sponsor Award Amount
Designing Green – Engineering Camp Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board $12,500.00
Title IV-E Year 21 Texas Department of Family & Protective Services $689,881.41
Freeman Archaeological Consulting KB Home $18,610.00
GCGE/NCRGE Operational Support Sid W. Richardson Foundation $5,000.00
Migration Bird Documentation and Assessment During Recovery Operations Bastrop County $10,000.00
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment Master Plan & Feasibility Study Hobiltzelle Foundation $200,000.00
NUE: Nano TRA-TX Regional Alliance to Foster Nanotechology Environment National Science Foundation $15,971.00
Synthesis of High Impact Polymer US Department of the Army $19,500.00
Archeological Specimens and Associated Documents for Site 41CP20, 41CP21 and 41CP22 Texas Department of Transportation $9,323.31
Survey & Management Protected Freshwater Mussels & Aquatic Species - Vertebrates Texas Department of Transportation $30,520.00
Survey & Management Protected Freshwater Mussels & Aquatic Species – Mussels Texas Department of Transportation $30,520.00
Survey & Management Protected Freshwater Mussels & Aquatic Species – Fish Texas Department of Transportation $28,960.00

Spotlight on Research

School Psychology awarded $1 million to develop bilingual school psychologists

The School Psychology program, located in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology at Texas State University, has been awarded a five-year, $1 million grant from the United States Department of Education for program development and preparation of Spanish-English bilingual school psychologists.

Awarded by the Office of Special Education Programs to Texas State’s Project SUPERB (Scholars Using Psychology and Education to Reach Bilinguals), the grant will support preparation of 24 fully-credentialed, high-quality bilingual school psychologists to improve teaching and learning by ensuring that language differences and assessment of the need for special education services are competently assessed for the purpose of appropriate educational interventions.

Serving the growing population of Spanish-speaking children in Texas, this project will add a new training and certification track in bilingual school psychology to the existing National Association of School Psychologists-approved program at Texas State. Project SUPERB will recruit, prepare and support scholars in specialized course work, supervised bilingual field experiences at partner sites, and language/cultural immersion experiences abroad to promote multicultural awareness and build professional Spanish vocabulary in the areas of education and psychology.

Scholars will graduate with a 75-hour specialist degree in school psychology (SSP) and a certificate in bilingual school psychology. Additionally, they will be eligible for national certification and state licensure to practice in public schools.

Principal investigators are Cynthia Plotts, Jon Lasser and Desireé Vega. For more information, visit the SUPERB project web site at http://projectsuperb.education.txstate.edu .