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Kent State Receives Grant from the National Science Foundation to Fund Geography Research

Posted Sep. 16, 2013

Kent State University has received a grant totaling $134,535 from the National Science Foundation (NSF).The grant will be used for the project titled “Geographies of Health and Medical Programs in a Conflict-Society,” which is part of the NSF’s Geography and Spatial Sciences Program.

The grant will fund two Kent State graduate students and one undergraduate student’s research between Aug. 1, 2013, and April 30, 2015.

“I feel very strongly about the work that I will be able to accomplish, but I’m also excited because I will be able to support a student from Cambodia to obtain a master’s degree from Kent State,” says James Tyner, geography professor at Kent State. “I will be able to fund two different graduate students for field work in Cambodia, and I’ll be able to fund an undergraduate student for work. The ability to help motivate and mentor four students via the grant is very rewarding.”

Tyner says the grant will be used for his main research inquiry, which is to reconstruct the “practice” of medicine during the Cambodian genocide.

“To conduct research of the scope I’ve proposed, it requires graduate student assistance, as well as translators,” Tyner says.

Tyner says Kent State has received a number of NSF grants, but this one is unique because it is primarily for historically based, archival research.

For more information about Kent State’s Department of Geography, visit www.kent.edu/cas/geography.