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September 2017:  US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

The AFOSR awarded SSU a $671,465 award for Dr. Kai Shen's research project "Sigma-1 Receptor Agonists as a Novel Therapeutic for Circadian Rhythm Disruption-Induced Fatigue." This is a 3 year grant with a term of September 30, 2017 to September 29, 2020.  For more information contact the PI Dr. Shen, Chemistry Department at

September 2017: US Department of Education HBCU Masters Degree Program

The US Department of Education awarded SSU a $2.5M institutional award through the Title VII HBCU Masters Degree Program.  The purpose of this program is to build the capacity of HBCU STEM masters' programs thereby increasing the diversity of the STEM research/professional workforce. The SSU Masters in Mathematics and Marine Science (SSUMMS) Program will be a 6 year program (October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2023). Each year, it will support 10 academically meritorious scholars from the mathematics and marine science masters' programs, providing stipends and tuition, research, and travel support. For more information, contact the Program Director, Dr. Carol Pride at

August 2017: US Army HBCU Research and Education Program (REP)

The US Army awarded SSU a $360,438 award for Dr. Takayuki Nitta's REP equipment project "Acquisition of a Laser Confocal Microscope to Advance Research and Education at Savannah State University." This is a one year grant with a term of September 8, 2017 to September 7, 2018. For more information, contact Dr. Nitta, Biology Department, at

August 2017: US Army Gulf War Illness Research Program

The US Army awarded SSU a $672,888 award through the Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, Gulf War Illness Research program for Dr. Kai Shen's project "Sigma-1 Receptor Agonists as a Novel Therapeutic for Brain Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Gulf War Syndrome." This is a 3 year grant with a term of September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2020. For more information, contact the PI, Dr. Shen, at


July 2017:  NSF/Carleton College:  STEP Center:  InTeGrate:  Interdisciplinary Teaching of GeoScience for a Sustainable Future

Carleton College has awarded Savannah State a $39,323 subaward through its NSF STEP Center: InTeGrate: Interdisciplinary Teaching of GeoScience for a Sustainable Future" grant program. The objective of the subaward to SSU is to build environmental literacy skills in SSU students (STEM and non-STEM), by enriching SSU curriculum with adapted InTeGrate syllabi, fostering instruction, supporting first use of modules, and combining service learning with informal education for the local community. SSU curriculum to be enhanced will include Introduction to Marine Biology, Environmental Ethics, and Introduction to Africana Studies. For more information, contact the project PI:



July 2017:  US Department of Education, Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad:  Understanding Ghana

The US Department of Education granted SSU a $100,000 Fulbright-Hays award, "Understanding Ghana's History, Culture, and Geography through the North-South Divides:  An Expansion of the 2015 Ghana Group Project Abroad."  The project, in partnership with the Savannah Chatham County Public School System, will support 13 faculty/teacher participants (7 SSU, 6 SCCPSS) to travel to Ghana for four weeks in May/June 2018, for the purpose of building on the knowledge and partnerships gained in the 2015 project, enriching and enhancing the foreign language and social science curriculum of SSU and the SCCPSS, and conducting outreach and workshops for local Savannah community groups.  For more information including on the 2015 Ghana Abroad project, please contact the Project PI Dr. Emmanuel Naniuzeyi, Associate Vice President for International Education at:

Ghana Project Abroad


June 2017:  U.S. Department of Education Upward Bound Award

The US Department of Education approved a new five-year grant award for SSU's Upward Bound Program.  The current program has been funded for the period June 2013 to May 2018 with total funding of $2,925,962.  The new five year award of more than $3.7M  will continue the program services from 2018 to 2023.  The new program will support 139 high school students each year, with a targeted focus on low income and potential 1st generation college students, with the goal to increase the number who complete high school and who enter and complete college. Targeted schools to be served by the new program are A.E. Beach High School, R. W. Groves High School, Hershel V. Jenkins High School, Sol C. Johnson High School, and the School of Liberal Arts at Savannah High School.  For more information, contact Mr. Bobby Roberts, Upward Bound Program Director, at 912-358-3477 or:

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May 2017:  Stacy Cobb, SSU BS graduate and NSF PSLSAMP scholar, is 1st African American to earn  PhD in statistics at UGA

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Stacy Cobb
Stacy Cobb (Photo by UGA/Freeman Photographics)


April 2017:  Dr. Karla-Sue Marriott, Chair, Department of Chemistry/Forensic Science, awarded patent for chemical compound to combat neurological diseases.

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April 2017: NSF Targeted Infusion Project - $399,972 - PI Dr. Agegnehu Atena, Mathematics

This project will develop a new Minor in Applied Math at SSU, enhance upper level math courses with interdisciplinary real world applications, and support 5 students per year in applied math research. 

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April 2017: NSF Targeted Infusion Project - $399,974 - PI Dr. Suman Niranjan, College of Business Administration

This project is developing an undergraduate certificate program in Data Analytics. The certificate program will be composed of new and enhanced existing courses (Foundations of Data Analytics, Applied Statistics, Big Data in Health Care, etc.) which will be integrated in/offered by the various collaborating departments:  Computer Information Systems, Computer Science Engineering Technology, Mathematics, Civil Engineering Technology, Marine Sciences, Urban Planning, etc. For more information, contact:


April 2017: NSF Research Initiation Award - $299,991 - PI Dr. Qian Chen, Computer Science Technology

This research project "Towards Realizing a Self-Protecting Healthcare Information System for the Internet of Medical Things" will address the threat of cyber attacks against health information systems  by developing an automatic security management framework.  Two cyber security projects with hands-on labs will be developed for SSU students based on the research findings. The project will  support 2 undergraduate researchers each year. For more information, contact:


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