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Dr. Kathleen Thomas Awarded $15,000 Grant from National Endowment for the Arts to Conduct Research Study

4-17-14 - Mississippi State associate professor of economics Dr. Kathleen Thomas has been awarded a $15,000 research grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the Little Kids Rock program, which provides free musical instruments and instruction for low-income students in large school districts across the nation.

Thomas' research study will analyze longitudinal, administrative education data from middle schools in the Dallas Independent School District. Researchers will use data from schools that participate in the music program, and those that do not, to examine the impact of Little Kids Rock on student attendance and advancement into high school.

The NEA awarded a total of $330,000 for 21 research grants to universities and non-profit organizations across the nation.

The NEA's Research: Art Works grant category supports a range of research projects that build evidence on the value and impact of the arts, and foster partnerships and information-sharing among researchers. For the first time, these grants will support primary data collection alongside secondary data analysis. Many of the new projects will focus on the health and educational benefits of the arts.

Mississippi State University was one of only eight research grants awarded in the South Census Region.

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