$464,000 grant to aid faculty, student research

St. Mary’s University recently was awarded a $464,235 grant from the National Institutes of Health and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development.

The five-year grant, titled “Improving Research Administration and Faculty Research Development through Sustainable Initiatives at St. Mary’s,” supports staff and faculty professional development as well as infrastructure upgrades for the Office of Academic Research Sponsored Projects and Faculty Research.

“The overarching goal … is to increase opportunities for students to engage in research by expanding current opportunities and capabilities of the University as a whole,” said Aaron Tyler, Ph.D., St. Mary’s University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Winston Erevelles, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Science, Engineering and Technology, who is leading the University in meeting the objectives of the grant, explained the grant’s long-term significance.

“The results will support increased biomedical and biobehavioral research at St. Mary’s and help create a pipeline of highly trained graduates with research experience in those fields to fulfill the diversity needs of the next generation of scientists,” he said.


St. Mary's University, founded in 1852, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. It offers 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs, and has a diverse student population of about 3,800 of all faiths and backgrounds. Its vision, as a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution, is to become one of the finest private universities in the region, a gateway for graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world.

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