Every year, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry awards faculty members at United Methodist-related universities in Texas with research grants made possible through the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund.

The fund came to fruition after the late Sam Taylor created a will that set aside funds specifically for furthering the education of faculty members at United Methodist-affiliated colleges and schools in the Lone Star State. The grants awarded allow faculty to pursue graduate study or postgraduate research.

This year, eleven Southwestern University faculty members won a grant ranging from $1,000-$1,600.  Each went through a competitive application process and were hand selected by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients:
  • Professor of Physics Steven Alexander, “Generating Energy from Hot Sidewalks” (awarded $1,200)
  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala, “The Politics of Stealth Halal: Re-Presenting the Islamic Origins of U.S. Meat Products” (awarded $1,600)
  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth, “Nature Education in the German Classroom: Possibilities for Integration and Inclusion?” (awarded $1,400)
  • Professor of Biology Romi Burks, “Unravelling the Mystery: Genetic Differentiation of Chinese and Japanese Mysterysnails Using 16S” (awarded $1,400)
  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernandez Berrones, “With Indigenist Spirit: Doctors on Spiritual Practices in Post-Revolutionary Mexico” (awarded $1,500)
  • Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson, “Human-Jaguar Becomings and Racial Capitalism in Belize” (awarded $1,000)
  • Associate Professor of French Francis Mathieu, “Research on Claire de Duras’s Avant-garde Novella, Ourika” (awarded $1,400)
  • Associate Professor of French Aaron Prevots, “Gestures toward the Sacred: Guillevic, Vargaftig, Tellermann, Michel” (awarded $1,400)
  • Associate Professor of Communication Studies Valerie Renegar, “Contemporary Modes of Parenting: Disrupting the Representation of Stepmothers in Popular Culture” (awarded $1,500)
  • Associate Professor of Spanish Maria De Los Angeles Rodriguez Cadena, “Cultural Memory and Historical Fiction: Women of the Past on Television and Film by Four Contemporary Mexican Women Directors” (awarded $1,400)
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor, “Researching Attachments to American Political Institutions” (awarded $1,600)