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NYAR Center Funds First Research Grants

COE’s National Youth-At-Risk (NYAR) Center, now in its second year of operation, has awarded its first research grants to COE faculty. “One of the goals of the NYAR Center is to support COE faculty and doctoral student research projects related to serving youth placed at risk,” said Professor Dan Rea, co-director of the center. Associate professor, Eric Landers, co-director of the center, further stated, “We were pleased with the number and quality of the grant proposals submitted for our first round of awards and believe this is the start of creating a substantive body of research that will be accessible and useful for all those working with youth placed at risk.”

Two research grants were awarded. “Computer Science Education in Rural Schools” will use a qualitative research approach to gain insight into what teachers, principals, curriculum directors and parent representatives feel are barriers to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM+C) education in rural areas. Led by Associate Professor Charles Hodges and graduate student Rachel Harris, the project will focus on rural high schools under the First District Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA).

The second project awarded is “The Impact of a CrossFit Intervention for Youth At Risk at the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County,” directed by COE Professor Michael Moore and College of Health and Human Sciences Assistant Professor Christina Gipson. The project will look at how an afterschool intervention program can impact middle school aged children who have been identified as being at risk. Using CrossFit philosophy that fitness is broad, general and inclusive, the project will look at how an exercise program impacts academics, physical, social and personal development.

Results of both research grants will be published in the NYAR Center Journal and be available online at the center’s site http://coe.georgiasouthern.edu/nyar/

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