Francis Marion University announced today the recipients of Robert E. McNair Center for Government research grants.
Drs. Hari Rajagopalan, coordinator of accreditation and assistant professor of management (business), and Hubert Setzler III, assistant professor of management (business); and Drs. R. Corey Remle, assistant professor of sociology, and Ruth Wittmann-Price, chair of the Department of Nursing, were awarded the grants on the basis of their research proposal submissions.
“These research efforts complement our mission of serving the needs of the Pee Dee region and its citizens,” said Dr. Fred Carter, president of FMU. “These partnerships with medical providers throughout the region underscore our sense of the importance of increasing access to quality health care.”
Each valued at $5,000, the grants are awarded to applied research projects that include, but are not limited to, social, educational, economic, environmental, political, and health matters that focus on the general human needs of the Pee Dee region. The grants are submitted in the fall and awarded annually in the spring on a competitive basis.
This year’s projects are as follows:
· Wittman-Price and Remle will expand their research promoting the retention of registered nurses in public hospitals.
· Setzler and Rajagopalan will further develop forecasting and deployment models that will assist Emergency Medical Services (EMS) administrators in reducing costs and improving response times and pre-hospital care.
Directed by Dr. T. Alissa Warters, associate professor of political science, the McNair Center is a campus-based research and service resource established in 2012. It provides a collaborative setting for academic, research and outreach initiatives that strengthen the ties between the university and the greater community.
Funded by the PSARAS Foundation, the McNair Center is named in memory of former S.C. Gov. Robert E. McNair, who was instrumental in the establishment of FMU and spent his career fostering a dedication to education and public service.