• New Videos Showcase Civic Engagement Successes

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  • 2014 Bonnie Teater Award Nominations

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  • National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center (NARDeP) Releases New Policy Resources

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  • Reflecting On The Past Looking To The Future SRDC's 2013 Annual Report

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RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies @ the SRDC now accepting 2012 research grant proposals

The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies @ the SRDC, in partnership with USDA Economic Research Service, has released its 2012 request for proposals for both its Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program and its regular Food Assistance and Nutrition Challenges in Rural America Research Grant Program.

Now in its second year, the Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program supports research in the United States by graduate students pursuing doctoral research in areas that closely align with the priorities of the RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies. Students currently enrolled in a Ph.D program from an accredited U.S.institution of higher education who have reached the “All But Dissertation” stage are eligible to apply. Proposals must be postmarked by May 18.

The Food Assistance and Nutrition Challenges in Rural America Grant Program seeks to invest in innovative research that explores the social science-based dimensions of the food and nutrition issues impacting residents or communities in rural America. The program is especially interested in proposals that focus on Native Americans, Hispanics, African Americans, and other racial/ethnic minorities, as well as children and low-wealth individuals/households. Proposals must be postmarked by May 4.

For full information on these opportunities, please visit http://srdc.msstate.edu/ridge/grants/.  

Graduate Student Association 12th Annual Awards Banquet


Congratulations to Roseanne Ellison Scammahorn for receiving the Graduate Service Assistant of the Year Award from the Graduate Student Association 12th Annual Awards Banquet. Mrs. Scammahorn is pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Sciences with a concentration in Agricultural and Extension Education.

Learn More    |    April 10, 2014

The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies Advancing Social Sciences-Based Research on Food Assistance and Nutrition Challenges in Rural America

The purpose of the RIDGE (Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics) Center for Targeted Studies is to invest in innovative social sciences-based research that explores the food and nutrition assistance challenges of rural people and places. The program is especially interested in a wide array of topics and issues. Proposals that focus on Native Americans, Hispanics, African Americans, and other racial/ethnic populations, as well as children and low-wealth individuals/ households, are strongly encouraged. This document outlines the key information for applicants planning to submit grant proposals.

Learn More    |    March 17, 2014

RIDGE Center Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program 2014.

The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies, a partnership of the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) and the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC), is pleased to announce a new round of funding for its Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program. The program is intended to invest in graduate students attending universities in the U.S. who are pursuing doctoral research in areas that closely align with the research priorities of the RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies. This document provides guidelines and procedures for students and their supervising professor who may wish to apply for this exciting new RIDGE initiative.

Learn More    |    March 12, 2014

e-biz: Social Media Tools for Small Businesses

e-biz is concise, current, cutting-edge social media and social commerce educational products that have been developed to enable entrepreneurs to launch and grow his or her online business. Each e-biz card has practical and usable information that can be used to integrate social media components and other online applications into any existing small business. Eleven e-biz cards cover the Social Media areas of LinkedIn, Mobile Applications, Twitter, Mobile Media Marketing, Blogging, Facebook, Google, Instagram, and Pinterest, in addition to an e-Commerce Checklist and a Social Media Overview.

Learn More    |    January 29, 2014

New Videos Showcase Civic Engagement Successes

Two videos have just been released showcasing the successes from Turning the Tide on Poverty, a citizen led process aimed at addressing poverty. The process engages a wide range of citizens over a five week period to determine the action steps that best fit the community. The Kettering Foundation, project partners on the initiative with the SRDC, developed these two videos to highlight some of the important wins that are possible when people bring their voices and hands together for a common purpose.

Watch Now    |    January 29, 2014