Well known for its academic excellence, Winthrop continues to gain national recognition for its support of research and education initiatives. In 2010-11, the university garnered more than $7.8 million in federal funding to support biomedical research projects, provide academic support for students, and train educators and school administrators. Major grants awarded include:
Academic Success Center
With support from the $350,000 Focusing on Undergraduate Success (FOCUS) grant, University College established the Academic Success Center. The center offers students peer tutoring, individual/group study space and academic/time management skill development. Approximately 548 undergraduates utilized the center's services during the spring semester and more than 100 students during the summer sessions.
The Richard W. Riley College of Education will become a model for educator preparation with Network of Leaders for Equity, Achievement, and Development (NetLEAD). Funded by a five-year, $3.7 million U.S. Department of Education School Leadership Program grant, NetLEAD establishes a network to connect Winthrop with rural, high-need school districts and other educational agencies to offer continued professional development for teachers and improve student academic achievement in partner districts.
Winthrop Initiative for STEM Educators
The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education won a major grant, $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation, to train math and science educators for high-need areas. WISE engages teacher candidates at Winthrop as well as transfer students from York Technical College, with support from the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement and seven high-need districts in six South Carolina counties.
As part of SC-INBRE (the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence), a network of academic institutions working to enhance biomedical research infrastructure, and SC-INBRE II, Winthrop netted $2.6 million in federal support from a $16 million grant to 10 S.C. universities and colleges. With these federal funds, Winthrop has worked to increase the number of faculty members and students conducting biomedical research.