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Elizabeth City State University is a public, historically black college located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, in the United States. ECSU enrolls nearly 2,500 students in 37 baccalaureate programs and three masters degree programs, a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, as well as a member-institution of the University of North Carolina system. Wikipedia.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 354.56K | Year: 2012

The overall goal of the targeted infusion project at Elizabeth City State University is to address the high rate of attrition of students from introductory biology courses. This effort will be achieved by utilizing a holistic approach to student retention that relies on several strategies including evaluation of best practices that enhance African American student success, implementation of best practices, implementation of a pre-college initiative with targeted mentoring, a summer bridge program with a critical thinking component and online experiences as a prelude for e-learning. All of these strategies are reinforced through a strategically developed partnership with Rutgers University that meaningfully includes learning and education program evaluation expertise, particularly as it relates to African American students. It is envisaged that the outcomes of this project will be analyzed in terms of the ease of transferability to a research intensive institution. In this regard, the targeted infusion project at Elizabeth City State University will not only impact the institution, but also impact non-HBCU campuses and, therefore, a broader cadre of underrepresented minority students.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION | Award Amount: 237.42K | Year: 2013

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This award from the Major Research Instrumentation program supports Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) with the acquisition of Portable Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) detector. The instrument will be used to investigate the effects of high temperature and high energy proton irradiation on Wide Band Gap (WBG) semiconductor surface based device characteristics. This instrument will enable the researchers to develop an advanced metallization scheme that minimizes surface deformation because of the harsh environment. Wide band gap semiconductors are capable of surviving in harsh environments because of their intrinsic properties. In principle, WBG semiconductor based devices can operate in environments such as: (a) inside or in close proximity to an automotive engine block (for efficient fuel usage and reduced atmospheric pollution due to incomplete gas combustion); (b) the control electronics for nuclear power plants; (c) the sensor electronics for space exploration and more. The goal is to investigate and explore conducting ternary refractory barrier layer to minimize damages to contact metal and semiconductor surface in high temperatures (between 500 and 800 degree centigrade) and high energy proton irradiations over a long exposure time. The equipment will be the first electron microscope at ECSU. It will therefore serve as a great educational tool for underrepresented and underserved STEM students. It will also be an important outreach tool to K-12 science teachers and students in the northeastern North Carolina region.
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This award from the Major Research Instrumentation program supports Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) with the acquisition of Portable Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) detector. The SEM and EDS system will be used to investigate the effects of high temperature and high energy proton irradiation on Wide Band Gap (WBG) semiconductor surface based device characteristics. This instrument is essential to be able to understand and develop a durable and robust metallization scheme for materials and devices in harsh environmental conditions. Such condition exists in defense and weapons systems and in automobile industries for in-situ monitoring of gas combustion and control of environmental pollutant from incomplete gas combustion. Many faculty members across disciplines from technology to biology will be using the electron microscope for research and education. It is expected that more than 50 undergraduate students will make use of the equipment on a short-term basis per year. About 5 undergraduate students and 3 graduate students will routinely use the equipment for research per year. Teachers from the K-12 public schools in the region will be trained and aided to use the equipment to educate and motivate their students for a career in STEM disciplines. Samples will be viewed with SEM to introduce students to sub-micron length scale, structures and patterns that are not visible with common light microscope. SEM with EDS at ECSU will enable increased intra-university and interdisciplinary research collaboration between faculty members. It will also enable stronger collaboration with the center for materials research at Norfolk State University and the Applied Research Center at Newport News, Virginia where faculty may use more expensive SEM/TEM for detailed studies.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 50.00K | Year: 2012

As science today grows increasingly digital, it poses exciting challenges and opportunities for researchers. Whether it is streaming data from sensors, simulating the formation of tornadoes, annotating and sharing tagged audio and video data, or using geographic information systems to anticipate the spread of disease, the frontiers of transformative science are enormous and continue to grow. Many scientists are turning to web portals or science gateways to allow them to analyze, share, and understand large volumes of data more effectively. The existence of science gateways - and the sophisticated cyberinfrastructure (CI) tools and resources behind these accessible web interfaces - can significantly improve the productivity of researchers facing the most difficult challenges. Most important, science gateways can democratize access to the cyberinfrastructure that enables cutting edge science. Now the best minds can tackle today¹s most challenging science problems, regardless of their affiliation.

Science gateway developers face several challenges. They often work in isolation even though development can be quite similar across domain areas, they bridge local, campus, national and sometimes international cyberinfrastructure, they need foundational building blocks so they can focus on higher-level grand-challenge functionality. Sustainable funding for science gateways can also be difficult to secure as they span the worlds of research and infrastructure.

This one-year planning award will gather community feedback, forming the foundation of a Science Gateway Institute. The institute will be an incubator of sorts for science gateways, vastly increasing their chances for long term success. It will provide a forum for developers to share ideas, approaches and software. It will provide expertise - in science gateway building, in technologies enabling grand challenge research, in open community software development, in virtual organizations, in project management and in science gateway sustainability. It will provide workforce development, training the next generation for careers in this dynamic, cross-disciplinary and important area.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION | Award Amount: 204.74K | Year: 2010

Technical Abstract: Wide Band Gap (WBG) semiconductor-based devices are capable of operating in extreme environmental conditions such as high temperatures, high radiation and reactive environments because of the intrinsic properties of the semiconductors. However, usual contacts and interconnects will fail long before the semiconductor fails in harsh environments. One of the goals of the research is to explore refractory metals, their alloys and silicides as oxidation and diffusion barrier layers to protect contacts on WBG semiconductor-based devices. This major research instrumentation award will fund the acquisition of a sputtering system at Elizabeth City State University. The sputtering system will be used to deposit high temperature barrier material in vacuum. The effectiveness and reliability of the device will depend interfacial reactions (including oxygen defects and mobility or accumulation of carbon) between vacuum sputtered barrier layer (< 100 nm thick) and contacts on WBG semiconductors (SiC, GaN, and Diamond). To physically characterize interface reactions at elevated temperatures, Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS), Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES), and Electron Microscopy (TEM & SEM) will be employed. The stability of the electrical characteristics of a simple schottky device will indicate the effectiveness of the barrier layer in harsh environment. Access to a sputtering system will also enable us to explore new collaborations with the center for materials research at Norfolk State University and Varicon Inc. in the field of smart windows for efficient energy use in buildings. For this and similar applications, solar materials called chromogenic materials (mostly doped transition metal oxide) will be deposited with the sputtering system and characterized locally and by collaborators.

Non-technical Abstract: This major research instrumentation award funds the acquisition of a sputtering system at Elizabeth City State University. The sputtering system will be used to deposit high temperature metallic nano-layers (layers with thickness of about one-thousandth the thickness of human hair) in vacuum. The metallic nano-layers will be explored as barrier layer to protect devices fabricated on Wide Band Gap (WBG) semiconductors (SiC, GaN, Diamond, etc). These semiconductors have intrinsic properties that make them capable of surviving in harsh environmental conditions such as high temperature, high radiation and reactive environment. However, usual contacts will fail readily under extreme environmental conditions if not protected, limiting the WBG semiconductor-based device capability. Specialized electronic devices (including high power switches, sensors, controls and power management for aerospace and automotive industries) capable of operating at such extreme conditions can be located inside automobile engine block for more efficient fuel consumption and reduced atmospheric pollution (due to incomplete gas combustion). In ambient air at elevated temperature, reaction between adjacent layers in a composite contact metallization structure is one of the factors that will limit the reliability and effectiveness of WBG semiconductor-based devices. One of the primary goals is to study such reactions using state-of-the-art, high technology equipment for surface analysis. A simple schottky diode device with appropriate protective barrier layer will be evaluated in ambient air at high temperatures over an extended period of time. The stability of the devices electrical characteristics will imply the effectiveness of the barrier layer. Access to a sputtering system will also enable the team to explore new collaborations with the center for materials research at Norfolk State University and Varicon Inc. in the field of smart windows for efficient energy use in buildings. For this and similar applications, solar materials called chromogenic materials (mostly doped transition metal oxide) will be deposited with the sputtering system and characterized locally and by collaborators.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: Polar Special Initiatives | Award Amount: 1.08M | Year: 2013

The REU Site: Arctic and Antarctic CReSIS (AaA-REU) program will involve 75 undergraduates over a three-year period with five pre-service RET students each year. This project is a continuation of the REU Site program that has operated at Elizabeth City State University and other CReSIS (Center for Remote Sensing of the Ice Sheets) institutions since 2010. The site is co-funded by the Department of Defense in partnership with the NSF REU program. The vision for this project is driven by the compelling need to draw on the integration of polar research and education to attract a diverse pool of talented students into polar-related careers.

The AaA-REU project will be interdisciplinary in focus and will make innovative, cost-effective use of cyberinfrastructure. The project builds upon existing partnerships in polar science, engineering, education, and cyberinfrastructure -- partnerships that provide access to extensive CReSIS resources under the direction of an experienced team of educators and researchers. It is expected that the demographics of the participants will reflect the exciting minority percentages that were realized during the past CReSIS-REU award.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 200.00K | Year: 2011

Elizabeth City State Universitys Research Initiation Award entitled - Fabrication and Characterization of Composite Contacts on Wide Band Gap Semiconductor for High Temperature Application in Air - is a collaborative effort between the principal investigator at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) and faculty at the Center for Materials Research at Norfolk State University (CMR-NSU). The project supports materials research activities by faculty at ECSU and CMR-NSU, as well as research education and training of undergraduate students at ECSU. The project has the potential to contribute to the undergraduate education knowledge base through integration of education and research. It also provides summer research experiences to high school students.


The research objective of the proposal is to explore vacuum sputtered nanolayers (< 100 nm thick) of conducting refractory metals, metal silicides and titanium-tungsten, as oxidation and diffusion barrier layers to protect contacts on Wide Band Gap (WBG) semiconductor devices that will function in a high temperature environment. The effectiveness and reliability of the devices operating at high temperature (> 500º C ) over an extended period of time (> 5000 hours) will depend on the interfacial reactions, oxygen defect and mobility or accumulation of carbon close to the contact/barrier layer interface. Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS), Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) and Electron Microscopy (TEM & SEM) will be employed to physically characterize interface reaction at such elevated annealing temperatures.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ROBERT NOYCE SCHOLARSHIP PGM | Award Amount: 667.38K | Year: 2010

The Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) Noyce Scholars Program increases the number of qualified STEM teachers in rural northeastern North Carolina with a special emphasis on the recruitment and retention of minorities and other underrepresented populations. The ECSU Teacher Education Program is accredited by NCATE and has met or exceeded state expectations since 1999. Noyce Scholarships increase the number of graduates of the program by four, producing 16 scholars over the five year project period. The four partnership school districts are Elizabeth City Pasquotank, Edenton-Chowan, Perquimans and Northampton, all of which are low performing and located in rural Northeast North Carolina. Students with majors in computer science, aviation, and engineering technology are also targeted as potential mathematics education scholars. Due to ECSUs proximity to numerous military bases, retirees and other military personnel will be recruited through the Troops to Teachers Program.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 1.85M | Year: 2011

The project aims to address student retention and graduation in STEM by providing innovative teaching technologies in introductory mathematics courses, a pre-freshman summer bridge, undergraduate research opportunities, faculty development workshops, and graduate school preparation activities in the STEM academic programs at Elizabeth City State University. This project will emphasize learning with technology, content and pedagogy for inquiry-based learning, and faculty professional development in new media and instructional technology to raise achievement of STEM majors and non-STEM majors in the algebra, pre-calculus and calculus courses. Faculty learning communities will be created to support faculty in developing problem-based learning pedagogies and use of new media and instructional technology, and techniques to integrate successful practices into effective teaching and learning for STEM students. The pre-freshman summer bridge, a STEM freshman seminar course, a special college algebra course for STEM majors, and a STEM learning community through peer-led supplemental instruction are the strategies employed to increase retention of STEM freshman. A mentoring program, a Vikings Explorers Academy for sophomores, undergraduate research opportunities, and preparation workshops for graduate school are the strategies employed to address persistence and graduation rates in STEM.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 110.00K | Year: 2015

The overarching goal of this EAGER proposal is to investigate the concept that Computational Science curricula and research using Cloud Computing can be well suited for Minority Serving institutions (MSIs). Many aspects of Cloud are compelling for MSIs. This project will employ enhancements to a graduate level course on Remote Sensing at a HBCU campus and follow up with two additional courses to investigate its goals. The project is a collaboration between Elizabeth City State University (ECSU), an HBCU, and Indiana University (IU). Remote sensing applications collect high volumes of data that exceed the capabilities of conventional computing systems. This motivates the use of Cloud services and high performance computing (HPC) to support the associated storage and computation. Classes developed at ECSU and IU will be delivered by cloud-based online technologies to ECSU. This is a high-risk exploratory work both in its goals and methods, and if successful will provide a scalable template for MSI and non-MSI institutions for their conduct of teaching and research over Cloud platforms. This pilot project will attempt to introduce curricula and research for a very multidisciplinary set of topics using the Remote Sensing course with shared modules at a HBCU with multiple constraints including multi-institutional collaborative curriculum development and teaching, and employment of emerging curricular platforms. An important goal is to identify needed improvements and resources to scale their ideas for following up on a broader adoption of their model in MSI graduate and undergraduate curricula and research.

Cloud Computing potentially has the capability to host both parallel and distributed computation (e.g., using Hadoop) and learning resources (e.g., for massive open online courses or MOOCs), making them an attractive focus for universities without a major research history looking to participate with research intensive universities. The project activities will include course development and delivery using MOOCs for an ECSU Remote Sensing class taught by ECSU and IU faculty with a mix of virtual and residential modes. A key goal is to train the instructors at the MSIs to enable them to effectively teach the advanced course. For this, a MOOC teach-the-teacher workshop for MSI computer science faculty members and a MOOC opportunities workshop for MSI students are planned during the 2016 annual conference of Association of Computer and Information Science/Engineering Departments at Minority Institutions (ADMI). The scalability and robustness of the project infrastructure and techniques will be tested with two additional courses. The courses outcomes will be evaluated to understand the best practices of such shared curriculum across multiple disciplines and institutions. The framework can then be utilized as a template to systematically introduce multiple courses, curricula, teacher training, research support and electronic resources across the ADMIs MSI network. The project will be evaluated based on the extent to which the curriculum develops and provides the necessary training on remote sensing using Cloud Computing and MOOC technologies, how the instructors are able to adopt in their courses, and how the ADMI colleges are able to institutionalize Cloud computing in their course offerings.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 88.24K | Year: 2011

Hampton Universitys Targeted Infusion Project entitled - Educational Partnership in Climate Change and Sustainability (EPiCCS) - seeks to enhance the continuing partnership among the Marine & Environmental Science Department at Hampton University, the Biology Department at Elizabeth City State University, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, which is part of the College of William & Mary, by supporting integrated cross-institutional research and educational experiences centered on sustainability and the effects of global climate change. These three institutions have had a long history of successful synergistic collaborations that train underrepresented undergraduate students and provide conduits and trajectories to graduate training in the geosciences.

EPiCCS proposes to support the recruitment, development, and retention of talented students at two Historically Black Universities and Colleges (HBCUs) to participate in interdisciplinary training and education on sustainability and global climate change; to improve technology and cyber infrastructure at the two HBCUs to enrich experiential inquiry-based learning, support the development of new course offerings, and modernize current offerings; to emphasize curricular training that fuses practical applications and inquiry-based research experiences to provide new opportunities for hands-on learning; to promote collaborative cross-campus cyber and peer-learning; to build essential competencies in oral and written scientific communication in the next generation of geoscientists; and to guide students toward post-graduate STEM degrees via peer and faculty mentorship.

The EPiCCS network will form a model of sustainability that may later be extended to other HBCUs and research partners.

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