Research Tracks

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

April 28, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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URSA presents 2014 Awards in Excellence and Service

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Dr. Truell Hyde, Baylor University’s vice provost for research, presents the URSA Exceptional Service Award to Dr. Elizabeth Davis, Baylor University’s executive vice president and provost.

Last week, the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Steering Committee, along with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, presented the 2014 URSA Awards in Excellence and Service.  The awards recognize faculty, students and administrators who have made meaningful contributions to undergraduate research at Baylor.

At a special ceremony in the Bill Daniel Student Center, URSA presented the Exceptional Service Award, Mentors of the Year Awards and the Leadership Award in Undergraduate Research.  In addition to presenting these awards, the committee also presented certificates to students who presented the most outstanding platform presentations and posters at Scholars Week 2014 (Click here to check out more pictures from the event on the OVPR Facebook page).

Please join the OVPR and URSA in congratulating these award recipients and thanking them for their service to Baylor!
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April 1, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: End of fiscal year deadlines for internal grants

FY 2014 ends on May 31, 2014.

As the end of the 2014 fiscal year draws closer, the OVPR would like to remind faculty members who are funded through internal grant programs that the university’s end-of-year deadlines apply to all costs attributed to these grants.

Funds awarded for FY 2014 under the FRIP, YIDP, URC, URSA or AHFRP programs must be spent before the end of the fiscal year.  Investigators are responsible for adhering to the end-of-year deadlines and no exceptions or extensions can be made, so faculty are encouraged to process grant-related transactions as early as possible to avoid any problems that may result from last-minute purchasing.

Depending on the type of purchase and mechanism of payment (voucher, requisition, departmental purchasing card, etc.), different cut-off times apply to ensure the expenditures are allocated to the correct fiscal year.

Click here to view a full list of FY 2014 end-of-year deadlines on the university’s TRAX Help website.  Contact your department’s assigned OSP coordinator with any questions.

March 17, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR announces recipients of FY 2015 URSA Small Grants

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Steering Committee have announced the recipients of the FY 2015 URSA Small Grants program.  The grants are intended to provide opportunities for faculty-student interaction through mentored research experiences.  Students who work on URSA-funded projects also develop presentation skills through participation in URSA Scholars Week. Continue Reading →

March 17, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming event: URSA Scholars Week

Scholars Week is an annual celebration of undergraduate research and scholarship presented each spring by Baylor’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Steering Committee. Baylor undergraduates who completed independent research or creative projects under faculty mentorship in the past year will present their results. All URSA Scholars Week events are free and open to the public.

URSA Scholars WeekSCHEDULE
Opening Reception
March 31, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Barfield Drawing Room

Oral Presentations
March 31-April 1, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Bill Daniel Student Center
Refreshments served 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Poster Sessions
April 2-3
Baylor Sciences Building atrium
Refreshments served 12:30-1:30 p.m.

PHOTO CONTEST
Students, show us your favorite moments from Scholars Week and you could win a prize! Post pictures on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #URSA14. The student who takes the best picture will win a prize from the OVPR and URSA. Click here to see the winning picture and some of the honorable mentions from last year’s Scholars Week.

You can also follow the OVPR on Twitter or Instagram to see some of our favorite shots throughout the week.

MORE INFORMATION
Click here to learn more about URSA Scholars Week.  Contact Donna Haberman, URSA administrative associate, at 254-710-7594 with any questions.

January 31, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Nominate an outstanding research mentor for URSA Awards in Excellence and Service

Do you know a Baylor faculty member, staff member or student with a strong commitment to undergraduate research?  Honor their hard work by nominating them for the second annual URSA Awards in Excellence and Service!

Presented by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement Steering Committee, the awards recognize unique contributions that help make research a part of the Baylor undergraduate experience.

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January 28, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Registration for URSA Scholars Week now open

URSA-Chapel-Slide-2014The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is currently accepting applications for student presentations at the upcoming URSA Scholars Week, March 31 through April 4.

Presented by the Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement Steering Committee and the OVPR, Scholars Week is the university’s annual showcase of undergraduate research and creative activities (click here to check out Research Tracks coverage of last year’s Scholars Week events).

Students who have completed independent, faculty-mentored research or creative projects in any academic area are eligible to present their work at Scholars Week.  Participants may give an oral presentation of their project or display a research poster.  Oral presentations will take place March 31 and April 1 in the Bill Daniel Student Center, with poster sessions scheduled for April 2 and 3 in the Baylor Sciences Building.

Click here to access the Scholars Week application form.  Applications must be submitted no later than Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Students who received funding through the URSA Small Grants program during the 2013-2014 academic year are required to take part in Scholars Week as a condition of their funding.

Contact Donna Haberman at 254-710-7594 with questions.

September 13, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: OVPR internal research funding opportunities

Last week, Research Tracks brought you an overview of COS Pivot, a database provided by the OVPR to help Baylor faculty seek external funding for their research.  In addition to helping faculty find external funding, we also provide financial support for research and scholarly activity through a number of internal grant programs. In this post, we present an overview of the programs offered through our office and direct you to the relevant pages on our website for more information. If you have questions, contact Blake Thomas at 710-3153.

Faculty Research Investment Program (FRIP)
Applications due Feb. 5. 2014 for funding during FY ’15
FRIP grants provide up to $25,000 in seed money to establish or re-direct research programs to help faculty compete more successfully for external funding. Proposals are peer reviewed by external faculty members with expertise in both the subject matter of the proposal and the funding agency to which the investigator plans to apply. Full-time Baylor faculty members, regardless of academic rank, are eligible to apply for FRIP grants.

Young Investigator Development Program (YIDP)
Applications due Feb. 5. 2014 for funding during FY ’15
Similar to the FRIP, the YIDP program also provides up to $25,000 in seed money to establish or re-direct research programs to enhance competitiveness for external grants. These proposals are also externally peer reviewed. Tenure-track faculty members in their first four years at Baylor are eligible to apply for YIDP funding.

University Research Committee Small and Mid-Range Grant Programs (URC)
Fall round applications due Oct. 23, 2013 for funding from mid-December through May 31, 2013. Applications due Feb. 19, 2014 for funding during FY ’15
The University Research Committee distributes funds for the support and development of projects and programs promoting faculty research and scholarship and strengthening efforts to secure external funding. URC Small Grants provide up to $4,500 in funding, while the mid-range grants can provide up to $7,500. Faculty who receive funding under the mid-range grant program are required to apply for external funding following the completion of their URC-funded project. Proposals to the URC programs are peer-reviewed by faculty members who serve on the URC committee.

Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Research (Brown Fund)
Applications due February 19, 2014 for funding during FY ’15
A new funding program beginning in FY ’15, the Brown Fund supports curriculum development and research projects on issues of global significance. Brown Fund awards range in amount up to $5,000 per fiscal year based on the needs of the project. The number of available awards will be determined annually based on the available earnings from an endowment created by Dr. Clara M. Lovett in memory of her late husband, Dr. Benjamin Brown IV.

Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Small Grant Program (URSA)
Applications due February 5, 2014 for funding during FY ’15
Through the URSA Small Grant Program, the OVPR seeks to foster collaborative learning relationships between faculty members and students. URSA funds may be used to expand opportunities for research participation by undergraduates in a variety of ways including paying wages for student researchers, purchasing necessary supplies for student projects or supporting student travel to present research results at a conference or meeting.

Arts and Humanities Faculty Research Program (AHFRP)
Applications accepted continuously
AHFRP funds are designed to stimulate research, scholarship and creative activities in the arts, humanities and education, where opportunities for external funding may be limited. While funding amounts are based on the needs of each project, the vast majority of AHFRP grants will be for $2,000 or less.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Applications due Oct. 2, 2013 for funding during FY ’15, award extension possible for FY ’16
Through this competitively awarded program, the OVPR provides 12-month postdoctoral research fellowships for Ph.D.-granting departments. Initial appointments are funded for one year, with a second year extension allowed for successful fellows.

Faculty Travel Assistance Grant Program
Applications accepted continuously
The OVPR provides matching funds to help defray the cost of faculty travel to promote or support the development of new or expanded research programs at Baylor. Tenured/tenure-track faculty and funded principal investigators are eligible to apply.

VPR Colloquium Support
Applications accepted continuously
The program provides travel/honorarium funding and logistical support to help bring major national and international speakers to campus.

Conference Support Program
Applications accepted continuously
Provides seed money and logistical support to bring major regional, national or international conferences to Baylor.

 

July 1, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: Final reports due August 1 for FY 2013 internal grants

The OVPR would like to remind faculty who received funding through the FRIP, YIDP, URC, URSA, or AHFRP programs in the 2013 fiscal year that final reports on the grant projects are due by August 1, 2013.

The report form, available on the OVPR website, asks investigators to briefly summarize the outcome of the funded project and report on any publications or external grant submissions that occurred or are planned as a result of the grant.

Click here to access the final report form (DOC format), or contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR with any questions.

June 25, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR announces application dates for FY 2015 internal grants

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has announced the application deadlines to apply for funding for internal grant programs in the 2015 fiscal year. FY 2015 funding is available for projects which take place between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.

The deadline to apply for the Faculty Research Investment Program (FRIP), Young Investigator Development Program (YIDP) and Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Small Grant Program is Feb. 5, 2014 at noon.

Proposals to the University Research Committee Small and Mid-Range grant programs are due on Feb. 19, 2014 at noon.

To be accepted for consideration, proposals must be complete (including electronic routing and approval from the investigator’s chair and dean) no later than noon on the applicable deadline.

Proposals to the Arts & Humanities Faculty Research Program are considered throughout the year and may be submitted at any time.

Contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR with questions about the grant programs.  To begin the application process, contact your academic unit’s assigned OSP coordinator.

May 30, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: Final reports due August 1 for FY 13 internal grants

The OVPR would like to remind faculty who received funding through the FRIP, YIDP, URC, URSA, or AHFRP programs in the 2013 fiscal year that final reports on the grant projects are due by August 1, 2013.

The report form, available on the OVPR website, asks investigators to briefly summarize the outcome of the funded project and report on any publications or external grant submissions that occurred or are planned as a result of the grant.

Click here to access the final report form (DOC format), or contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR with any questions.