Slemp Foundation funds Undergraduate Research and AWP projects at UVa-Wise
The C. Bascom Slemp Foundation
has provided funding for projects at UVa-Wise which will foster research and enhance
the writing skills of the region’s teachers and their students.
The Appalachian Writing
Project has been awarded $60,000 to continue its summer institute for public
school teachers in the region and to continue the “Young Writers’ Camp” for
middle and upper primary schools in Southwest Virginia.
are thrilled about the opportunities this award will provide for teachers
in southwestern Virginia, particularly in a time of such financial uncertainty
for education,” said Professor Amy Clark, director of the AWP. “Our programs
are designed and taught by teachers
for teachers to give them the
resources and time they need to develop innovative classroom practice that
works. We are particularly interested in offering more programming during our
summer writing institute, as well as offering more Young Writers' Camps throughout
in 2002, the AWP became a member of the National Writing Project and joined
eight sites in the Virginia Writing Project network. The AWP bolsters classroom
education in the area through the teacher-in-service programs and special projects
geared toward students.
Slemp Foundation also provided UVa-Wise with $30,000 for undergraduate
research. The Foundation generously established the C. Bascom Slemp Fund for
Undergraduate Research, which enabled several students to present at the Phi
Alpha Theta National History Honor Society Conference and allowed additional
students to present at the Council of Public Liberal Arts Southeast Regional
Undergraduate Research Conference. The funds provided for the purchase of
supplies used in research and helped students complete undergraduate research
The most recent gift from the Slemp Foundation ensures that students receive more personalized guidance from faculty mentors and greater access to laboratories, equipment and space to complete research.