As part of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), “Eagles Engaged,” six grants have been awarded for initiatives to increase the number of Southern Miss undergraduate students participating in pathway experiences, such as internships, research, and fieldwork.
Pathway experiences provide important opportunities for students to apply their academic studies and gain experience linked to post-graduation goals. Each grant provides up to $10,000 in funding. After implementation, each recipient submits a report outlining the impact of the project on student learning and student professional development.
The 2017 Pathway Grant Projects are:
*Applied Behavior Analysis Undergraduate Externship: This project will establish a supervised externship in applied behavior analysis within the Department of Psychology at the Gulf Park campus. The vision is for the externship to become part of an integrated certification program that will prepare students to become Registered Behavior Technicians. This proposal submitted by Dr. Hans Stadthagen-Gonzalez and Dr. Michael Mong, Department of Psychology in the College of Education and Psychology.
*Collaborative Undergraduate Nutrition Systems Research: The proposed collaborative research experience will provide an eight-week, full time summer research opportunity for freshman and/or sophomore students from nutrition-related disciplines and will emphasize recruiting students in good standing and who are considered minorities in research by the National Institutes of Health definition. It was submitted by Dr. Jennifer Lemacks, Department of Nutrition and Food Systems, College of Health.
*Dance Internships: This grant will be used to fund 10 student dance internships and to fund faculty efforts to establish national community networks for internships. It was submitted by Elizabeth Lentz-Hill, Department of Dance, College of Arts and Letters.
*Psychology Scholars Program: This program aims to provide systematic programming for high-achieving psychology students to bolster preparation for advanced educational and career pursuits through weekly workshops, mentorship, and completion of a research project. It was submitted by Dr. Michael Madson and Dr. Bonnie Nicholson, Department of Psychology, College of Education and Psychology.
*Sport Management Pathways Grant: This grant will provide financial support for students to participate in internships in high profile placements in larger cities with major professional sports franchises that are often not feasible due to financial hardships. Proposal submitted by Dr. Douglas Manning, Department of Economic Development, Tourism, and Sport Management, College of Business.
*“You Gotta Give to Get Back”: Pathways to Community Building Experiences and Careers: This pilot program will include a competitive internship program for students in area non-profit organizations as well as direct support and training for nonprofit organizations in supervising the student interns. This proposal submitted by Dr. Marek Steedman, chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Arts and Letters, in partnership with the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, the USM Center for Community and Civic Engagement, and the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation.