Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

September 24, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Office of Research Compliance to present second on-campus help session Oct. 21

The Office of Research Compliance will offer on-campus help sessions/workshops this semester for researchers who are planning to submit, or are in the process of revising, new applications (protocols) for IRB review, amendments, or continuing reviews of their human subject research projects.  The help sessions will be held at various locations on campus for the convenience of researchers in different departments, but all researchers are welcome to attend any of the scheduled sessions. All locations will have wireless Internet connections. Researchers should bring their own laptop.

The next help session is scheduled for:

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Mary Gibbs-Jones Building, room 114

Office staff will be on hand to provide one-on-one assistance in the following areas:

  • Explaining the various templates and forms available to researchers;
  • Answering questions about the information required in the protocol, consent forms, and/or application forms;
  • Addressing IRB required modifications appropriately;
  • Discussing options for recruitment, informed consent forms and processes, confidentiality/privacy practices;
  • Providing guidance on more complex research design issues:
    • Research using physiological devices or biomedical procedures
    • Investigator responsibilities for research on sensitive topics or use of deception methods
    • Use of mobile applications, social media, or other emerging technologies in research
  • IRBNet and CITI training

Watch for future sessions throughout the fall semester.

If you need help but are unable to attend to a help session, please contact Deb Penney at 254-710-3708 to make an appointment.

September 17, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming event: NIH Regional Seminar in San Diego, Oct. 14-16

NIH-SeminarThe National Institutes of Health will present the final regional seminar of the year next month in San Diego.  Dozens of NIH officials will be on hand to share information and strategies on every aspect of sponsored biomedical research.  For those new to NIH research, a newly redesigned new investigator track will provide step-by-step guidance for career advancement.

There will also be opportunities for one-on-one meetings with program officers as well as the chance to network with colleagues from around the country.

Regular registration rates apply until Sept. 14, so make plans to attend soon.  More information and registration information is available on the NIH Office of Extramural Research website.

September 16, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Council on Undergraduate Research announces call for submissions on incorporating research into undergraduate curriculum

Council on Undergraduate Research

The Council on Undergraduate Research has announced a call for submissions to appear in the fall 2016 edition of the CUR Quarterly. The issue will focus on integrating undergraduate research and creative scholarship into the curriculum.  CUR is seeking four to five articles of 2,000 to 3,500 words as well as a number of shorter vignettes of around 300 words.  Faculty in any discipline are invited to share their ideas on development, implementation, and assessment of initiatives that make research a part of undergraduate education.

According to the CUR announcement, potential topics of interest include:

  • Models for integrating undergraduate research into the core curriculum/general education experience for students
  • Curricular innovations that involve large numbers of students in undergraduate research experiences at any level of the curriculum
  • Models for scaffolding undergraduate research experiences throughout the curriculum
  • Innovative ways of integrating undergraduate research into the gateway, research methods, and capstone courses of a major
  • Examples of undergraduate research programs that integrate lower-level classes with upper-division courses

If you are interested in submitting an article or vignette, submit a 300-500 word prospectus through the CUR website. The deadline for submission is Oct. 13. Accepted authors will be notified by Oct. 23 and final text for review and editing must be submitted by Dec. 14.

About CUR

The Council on Undergraduate Research is a national organization devoted to supporting and promoting high-quality collaborative research between faculty and undergraduate students. In addition to sponsoring annual conferences and other meetings, they also provide faculty development resources and other materials to help members improve the undergraduate research environment on their campuses. Baylor is an enhanced institutional member of CUR, which allows our faculty, administrators and students to join CUR at no additional cost. Click here to learn more about CUR.

September 11, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: Fall URC, AHFRP grant applications due Sept. 30

Don’t forget, applications to the University Research Committee Small and Mid-Range Grant Programs and the Arts & Humanities Faculty Research Program are due by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, Sept. 30.  Funds awarded in this round of applications must be expended during the 2016 fiscal year.  Funds will be available for projects taking place between Jan. 1, 2016 and May 31, 2016.

Click the links below for more information on the programs.  Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs to begin the application process.