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Nevada State College faculty are active scholars who use research to inform our teaching, provide exceptional learning experiences for students, and add to the body of knowledge in multiple scholarly disciplines. Furthermore, an active grant program allows Nevada State to provide innovative methods of supporting student success.

Institutional Grants

Nevada State College selectively pursues institutional grants that align with our mission and allow us to better serve our student body. Currently-funded grants include the following:

  • Department of Education TRIO/SSS: A federally funded grant of $1.2 million over five years, supporting first-generation students, students with financial need, and students with disabilities. PI: LaKiasha Hollingsworth.
  • Department of Education TRIO/Upward Bound: Funds Upward Bound programming for partnering schools. PI: Kimberly Williams.
  • NSF S-STEM: $649,963 Mentoring to Accelerate Retention and Change Outcomes in Science (MARCOS) grant to support high-performing biology majors from diverse backgrounds. PI: Dr. Sam Oliphant.
  • Department of Education HSI/Title V Teacher Education: This $2.7 million, 5-year grant funds activities aimed at getting more Latinx students to complete education degrees. PI: Irene Cepeda.
  • Department of Education Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS): $209,000 grant provides low-cost childcare for student-parents. PI: Dr. Gwen Sharp.
  • NSF GEOPATHS grant: This $375,000 grant supports geoscience education at NSC and CSN and aims to increase the number of students pursuing a geosciences-related major. PI: Dr. Paul Buck.


Student Research

  • INBRE-funded research: Students receive grants to work with faculty in biology, chemistry, and environmental science on research projects. Projects have included work on the role of cockroaches in germ transmission in healthcare facilities; synthesizing fluorescent molecules; and investigating local coyote populations.
  • PSY 375 – Advanced Research Methods: In this capstone course, psychology majors design and complete their own research project. At the end of each semester, students create a professional-quality poster and present their work at the Psychology Poster Symposium, attended by faculty and staff from across campus. Recent studies have investigated perceptions of smokers, social media and depression, and implicit bias in doctor-patient interactions.
  • Undergraduate Research and Creative Works Conference: Funded by an INBRE grant, the annual URCWC provides students from all disciplines an opportunity to present their work in an environment much like they would encounter at a professional academic conference. Panels of faculty and staff judge the presentations and award prizes in each category.


Faculty Research

Nevada State faculty regularly engage in research in their disciplines as well as in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Tenure-track faculty must publish articles in peer-reviewed outlets to be eligible for tenure.

Some current projects include:

  • Dr. Wendi Benson (Psychology) – Creating an approachable and skills-based online statistics course that students actually enjoy
  • Laura Rosales (Environmental Science) – Improving personal exposure assessment for particulate air pollutants using portable sensors
  • June Eastbridge (Nursing) – Comparing the impact of collaborative testing models on student experience and performance
  • Natasha Svelmoe (Nursing) – Exploring nursing students’ perception of faculty’s caring in a high-fidelity simulation environment
  • Sandip Thanki (Institutional Research) – Gives invited presentations on the development, implementation, and utilization of our nationally-recognized institutional data dashboard
  • Lori Navarette (Education) – Cultivating future teachers: how does participation in teacher pathway programs affect interest in a teaching career?
  • Pete La Chapelle (History) – Effects of video-recording mock interviews on student learning outcomes related to communication and historical understanding
  • Laura Naumann (Psychology) – Using body-worn cameras to correlate personality characteristics with observed behaviors
  • Danette Barber, Wendi Benson, Gwen Sharp – Students’ perceptions of grad school admissions requirements


Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications (Nevada State faculty indicated in bold)

Breathett, K., Jones, J., Lum, H. D., Koonkongsatian, D., Jones, C. D., Sanghvi, U., Hoffecker, L., McEwen, M., Daugherty, S. L., Blair, I. V., Calhoun, E., de Groot, E., Sweitzer, N. K., & Peterson, P. N. (2018). Factors related to physician clinical decision-making for African-American and Hispanic patients: A qualitative meta-synthesis. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-15.

Bryans-Bongey, S. (2018). Tech-based approaches to supporting and engaging diverse learners: Visual strategies for success. Contemporary Issues in Education Research, 11, 43-54.

Eastridge, J. & Benson, W. (Forthcoming, 2019). Comparing two models of collaborative testing for teaching statistics. Teaching of Psychology.

Foulger, T. S., Graziano, K. J., Schmidt-Crawford, D., & Slykhuis, D. A. (2017). Teacher educator technology competencies. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 25, 413-448.

Garrett, C. E. (2017). First among Bunyan’s critics: T. S., imitative sequel writer. Bunyan Studies: A Journal of Reformation and Nonconformist Culture, 21, 55-72.

Graziano, K. (2018). Preservice teachers’ comfort levels with technology in an online standalone educational technology course. Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology, 7, 70-86.

Howerton, A., Seymour, C. O., Murugapiran, S. K., Liao, Z., Phan, J. R., Estrada, A., Wagner, A. J., Mefferd, C., Hedlund, B. P., & Abel-Santos, E. (2018). Effect of the synthetic bile salt analog CamSA on the hamster model of Clostridium difficile infection. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 62(10), e02251-17.

Jiang, L., Probst, T. M., Benson, W., & Byrd, J.  (2018). Voices carry: Effects of verbal and physical aggression on injuries and accident reporting. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 118, 190-199.

La Chapelle, P. (2019). I'd Fight the World: A Political History of Old-Time, Hillbilly, and Country Music. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Lang Cassera, H. (2019, April 11). The white whale, or asking why, in the Mojave Desert. North American Review 304(3).

Naumann, L. P., Benet-Martínez, Very., & Espinoza, P. (2017). Correlates of political ideology among U.S.-born Mexican Americans: Cultural identification, acculturation attitudes, and socioeconomic status. Social Psychology and Personality Science, 8, 20-28.

Pazargadi, L. M. (2018). Unfixing the autobiographical subject: Fragmentation as aesthetics and identity in Rabih Alameddine’s I, the Divine. In T. A. Pickens (Ed.), Arab American aesthetics (pp. 54-72). New York: Routledge.

Pazargadi, L. M. (2017). Re/calling Scheherazad: Voicing Agency in Mohja Kahf’s Poetry. Gender Forum, 65, 28-107.

Perry, L. (2018). Meditation. Journal of Art and Aesthetics in Nursing and Health Sciences, 4(2), 9.

Robinson, G. (2017). All bad little movies when they die go to Ralph Spence: The silent era’s most famous title writer. Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 47, 28-40.

Tucker, K., Sharp, G., Scinta, T., Shi, Q., & Thanki, S. (Forthcoming, 2020). Fostering historically underserved students' success: an embedded peer support model that merges non-cognitive principles with proven academic support practice." Review of Higher Education.

Weatherspoon-Griffin, N., Picker, M.A., Pew, K. L., Park, H. S., Ginete, D. R., Karney, M. M., Usufzy, P., Castellanos, M. I., Duhart, J. C., Harrison, D. J., Socea, J. N., Karabachev, A. D., Hensley, C. T., Howerton, A. J., Ojeda-Daulo, R., Immak, J.A., & Wing, H.J. (2018). Insights into transcriptional silencing and anti‐silencing in Shigella flexneri: A detailed molecular analysis of the icsP virulence locus. Molecular Microbiology, 108(5), 505-518.

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