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Kays Foundation Awards Two New Grants for Faculty Research


JONESBORO — The board of the Kays Foundation has awarded grants to two Arkansas State University faculty members to provide support for their projects during the 2021-22 academic year.

A proposal by Dr. Shivan Haran, associate professor and director of the mechanical engineering program in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, was funded in the amount of $17,049. 

Haran is planning a project titled “Engineering Initiative for Middle/High School Students,” which will encourage and develop student interest in engineering careers. This includes conducting engineering camps, after-hour activities with local and surrounding area school students, and other relevant interactions to promote interest in engineering and hands-on learning.

A proposal by Dr. Gregory Cantrell, assistant professor of exercise science in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Sport Sciences, was approved for $24,460.

Cantrell will continue his research into bilateral asymmetry in people with multiple sclerosis through his project, titled “Relationship between H reflex modulation asymmetry, physical function, and postural control in people with multiple sclerosis.”

According to Terry Carty, executive vice president of The Kays Foundation, the grants are part of the foundation's ongoing commitment to assist the university through grants that help advance its academic, service and research missions.

The Arkansas State College Foundation for the Advancement of Higher Education, which operates as Kays Foundation, traces its beginnings to 1911 and the administration of V.C. Kays, the founding principal and president of the institution that evolved into Arkansas State University.

Dr. Shivan Haran

Dr. Gregory Cantrell