SIUE Graduate School Presents Research Grants to Outstanding Students

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Previous RGGS award recipient Chiagozie Obuekwe presents his research that benefitted from the funding.The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Graduate School is pleased to announce the spring 2019 Research Grants for Graduate Students (RGGS) award recipients.

The awards, valued at up to $500 each, will support the research and creative activities of 43 graduate students studying in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Schools of Engineering; Pharmacy; and Education, Health and Human Behavior.

A complete list of the spring 2019 RGGS recipients is available at

“In many fields of study, SIUE graduate students conduct original research and creative activities as part of their degree programs,” said Jerry Weinberg, PhD, associate provost for research and dean of the Graduate School. “These projects can have regional, national and international impact, as well as produce scholarly works such as publications and public presentations. The Research Grants for Graduate Students provide needed resources to conduct and enhance the students’ great work.”

Faculty advisors oversee these students’ individual research or creative activity. The primary purpose of the RGGS program is to support the graduate students’ work, particularly as it relates to their thesis or final project.

The spring 2019 RGGS projects are listed at A sampling of projects includes:

  • Use of Cover Crops for Reduction of Nutrient Runoff in Illinois (environmental sciences)
  • Living with Post-Concussion Syndrome: A case study of former student-athletes with Post-Concussion Syndrome (kinesiology)
  • Empowering Youth Experiencing Housing Instability and Promoting Resiliency (art therapy counseling)
  • Development of an All-Terrain Autonomous Robot (mechanical engineering)
  • Hands Helping Haiti: Screening for Pathogenic and Inorganic Contaminants in Water (pharmaceutical sciences)

Photo: Previous RGGS award recipient Chiagozie Obuekwe presents his research that benefitted from the funding.