ORSP Welcomes New Grant Development Specialist

ORSP would like to welcome Jessica Mankus, Ph.D to our office. In this newly-created ORSP role, Jessica will work closely with faculty across campus to advise and support them in their grant seeking.


Jessica is joining SFSU after a post-doctoral research associate position in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Mississippi. In this role, Jessica assisted in facilitating teams of researchers and faculty members for grant writing and proposal development, analyzed developments in the field of research administration, and performed research related to strategic institutional priorities. Jessica holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with an emphasis in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology from the University of Mississippi; her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor’s of Arts in Chemistry and French, is from Case Western Reserve University. She is originally from Wisconsin.

2015/16 ORSP Small Grant Program awardees announced

ORSP announces the awardess of the 2015/16 Small Grant Program competition.

The ORSP Small Grants Program fosters the professional development  of investigators and creative artists at San Francisco State University by supporting original projects that contribute significantly to the professional achievement and growth of applicants.


New video: SFSU PIs Betty Yu and Pamela Wolfberg discuss Project Common Ground

Project Common Ground is a personnel preparation project to prepare speech-language pathologists to work with children on the autism spectrum.



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Foundation Landscapes: Education - New Web Portal

Provided by The Foundation Center, this hub of education-related reports, news, giving trends, and funder resources provides information to help grantseekers efficiently scan the philanthropic landscape and make strategic decisions.

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Dr. Pam Hunt Awarded $2.7M from US Dept. of Education

The U.S. Department of Education awarded a grant in the amount of  $2,750,320 to SF State in support of Professor of Special Education/Communicative Disorders Pam Hunt's research on implementing an emergent literacy program for students with severe intellectual disabilities and autism. Designed to replicate and extend the investigation begun in previous studies of the Early Literacy Skills Builder (ELSB) program in special class settings, this project proposes to study the effects of using ELSB in general classroom settings.


Instruction will occur in small group contexts during each classroom's literacy block. A special education teacher at each school site will carry out the ELSB lessons. One to two classmates serving as "reading buddies" will participate in the reading lessons on a rotating daily schedule, with all classmates having the opportunity to take part. Outcome measures will address not only the development of emergent reading skills by the students with disabilities, but also changes in the attitudes of peers who participate as reading buddies towards their classmate with disabilities.