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UC Academic Departments Receive Research Grant

Williamsburg, Ky. - In the spring of 2012, the University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Human Services and Psychology department conducted research projects in which the students collaborated with local agencies to assist them in creating a measure of research in an attempt to receive a grant from the Appalachian College Association (ACA) in conjunction with the University of North Carolina in Asheville.

Some of the project topics included religious intervention at a local jail, online counseling services at a therapeutic foster care agency, impact of juvenile justice programs, online learning integration in the public school setting, and increase in autism in the school setting. Also, one out of two of the psychology projects involved a study of perceived population density and crime rate on subjective ratings of fear of crime and bodily harm, while the other study was an investigation of cognitive deficits associated with contact sports.

The qualifications for the grant included an ACA school membership and a proposal by a faculty team or up to four faculty members from the Humanities department who wish to integrate research at the undergraduate level with students.

Head of the Human Services Department at UC, Gina R. Bowlin, said, “We felt it would be a good learning experience for both our students and faculty, as well as a way for our department programs to receive recognition for the type of work that they do with students.”

“UC was granted $10,000 to cover the expenses of the project and another $1,200 was provided by the ACA to reimburse UC for student and faculty travel,” says Bowlin.

The benefit of doing these projects was helping students and faculty gain the research experience, get the opportunity to present the findings at the ACA-UNCA Undergraduate Research Conference in September, and both faculty and students were supported financially in their endeavors. While at the conference, the students who presented gave poster presentations during a two hour browsing session, had the opportunity to share some meals, listen to speakers, attend sessions devoted to research topics, and see a little bit of Asheville, North Carolina.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit