Research Tracks

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

March 31, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

Upcoming event: Proposal development workshop for arts & humanities faculty

The OVPR invites Baylor faculty to a special grant-writing workshop specifically focused on research in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education.

The seminar, “Write Winning Grant Proposals,” is intended to help faculty of all levels compete more effectively for external research funding.  Faculty who plan to apply for research funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Department of Education, private foundations and other funding sources are encouraged to attend.

Attendees will receive a printed workshop handout and a copy of the “Successful Proposals to Any Agency” workbook.  Attendance at the seminar is a pre-requisite for faculty interested in applying for any of the OVPR’s Grant Development Program services, including writing and editorial assistance from OVPR staff and the new Mentoring Award, a competitive program that provides selected faculty with one-on-one proposal development assistance from a professional grant writer.

The seminar is open to any Baylor faculty member, but seats are limited and priority will be given to new faculty members (those who joined our faculty in the past year) and to untenured faculty with tenure-track appointments.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks provided.

Baylor Sciences Building
Rooms E.231 and E.234

Dr. Peg AtKisson of Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops is an experienced researcher and grant-writer.  She is the former director of proposal development in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Tufts University, where she helped faculty win millions of dollars in competitive grant support for their research.  Click here to learn more about Dr. AtKisson.

Click here for more information and online registration.

March 12, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

Internal grant update: Brown Fund deadline extended

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has extended the deadline to apply for the Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Scholarship (Brown Fund). Proposals to the program are now due by April 1 at noon.

The Brown Fund supports curriculum development and research projects on issues of global significance. Awards range in amount up to $5,000 per fiscal year based on the needs of the project. Preference will be given to proposals for interdisciplinary and collaborative projects addressing issues of global importance.

Potential topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Collaboration and conflict among followers of various world religions
  • The interplay of religious beliefs/practices with civil society and political authority
  • The eradication of illiteracy
  • The impact of economic development on traditional societies
  • Global public health

Now in its second year year, the Brown Fund is supported by an endowment created by Dr. Clara M. Lovett in memory of her late husband, Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV.

Click here for more information on the program.  Contact your department’s assigned OSP coordinator to begin the application process.

March 2, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Baylor scholar’s new book sheds light on Muslim-Christian relations

Defending Christian FaityChristianity and Islam, the world’s two largest religions, have been engaged throughout history and interconnected for thousands of years. The relationship between the two faiths has historically been marked by conflict, but despite differences, there have also been many successful attempts at peace, mutual understanding and harmony. Dr. Abjar Bahkou in Baylor’s department of modern language and cultures highlights these examples in his book, Defending Christian Faith: The Fifth Part of the Christian Apology of Gerasimus.

“Muslim-Christian relations have been subject to startling waves of events in history,” Bahkou said. “We can learn a lot and get ample food for thought and reflection when we look back at the past and examine the way Muslims and Christians lived and looked at each other. This book is a testimony of such interaction.”

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