Sunday, December 14, 2014

Invitation to Participate in the Humanities Extension Program: Note from Melonie St. John

Colleagues, Melonie St. John in the Nonprofits Institute is managing the Humanities Extension Program. This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge with teachers and students in nearby schools; for those of you who have included K-12 outreach as part of the "broader impacts" of your research, this is a great opportunity to improve on those impacts. Remember, this program is open to all College faculty, including those from the social and behavioral sciences. Please read this note and share with your colleagues or sign up to visit the schools--they are eager to hear from you!

Dear Faculty,

The CHASS Humanities Extension Program at NC State seeks to match public school classroom teachers with CHASS NCSU faculty who are interested in sharing their expertise in the Humanities field with public school students. Dr. David Zonderman from History serves as the program’s academic director. The goals of the program are to provide: 1) An opportunity for students to engage with and have a better understanding of the Humanities - what the disciplines are, what they do, how they engage with and give perspective on contemporary issues 2) Public engagement with and support of the Humanities at NC State 3) High school students with exposure to potential majors at NC State.

We have 67 teachers in NC interested in visits for Spring 2015. If you are interested in participating in the CHASS Humanities Extension Program, please fill out the application.  Once we receive your application, it will be reviewed and you will be contacted if you are selected and your topic/content matches a school's interest.

Click here to access application

All the best,

Melonie St. John

Grants: Congressional Research Grants (Not Just for Political Scientists!)

Grants: Congressional Research Grants

DEADLINE: All proposals must be received no later than March 1, 2015. (Note from Tom B. These proposals should be submitted directly to the Dirksen Center. This type of proposal is not submitted by or for NC State.)

The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress. Since 1978, the Congressional Research Grants program has invested more than $944,208 to support over 436 projects. Applications are accepted at any time, but the deadline is March 1 for the annual selections, which are announced in April.

The Center has allocated $50,000 in 2015 for grants (an increase of $15,000 over 2014) with individual awards capped at $3,500. Stay tuned for news on the application and selection process.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Nominations for the University Graduate Student Research Symposium, due on January 16

Colleagues, this was sent to the DGPs, but it's worth all of us knowing about, because many of us have worked closely with graduate students on research projects. Please suggest possible nominees to your DGPs. 


Directors of Graduate Programs,

This is a reminder that the Tenth Annual NC State University Graduate Student Research Symposium will be held in the McKimmon Center on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm. The goals of the Symposium are to showcase the outstanding quality and diversity of graduate-level research at NC State, in addition to providing students with the opportunity to practice their communication skills with those outside of their discipline.  Last year, there were over 200 poster presentations, representing 57 graduate programs from every college.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Request for Proposals: 2015-2016 Extension, Engagement, & Economic Development Seed Grant

The Office of Outreach & Engagement is pleased to announce that funds are available to be awarded for selected proposals related to extension, engagement, and economic development activities for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The maximum award will be $10,000 per proposal request. 2015-2016 Proposal Guidelines and the Proposal Application are attached for your convenience.

The number of awards granted will be contingent upon the total amount of available funds and the incremental amounts of each request. The timeline for the 2014-15 competition is as follows:

December 3, 2014--Request for Proposals announcements go out/Post to Outreach & Engagement Website, and other relevant venues

January 30, 2015--Proposals due by COB to Office of Outreach & Engagement and in PINS. Send to Jenna Jeffrey:

February 16, 2015--Judging by USCOEEED members concludes
March 16, 2015--Awardees notified
Mid April, 2015--"Celebrating the Engaged University" Awards Celebration
July 1, 2015--Funding cycle begins
June 30, 2016--Funding cycle ends
September 12, 2016--Final report due to Office of Outreach & Engagement

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you,

Jenna Jeffrey for Andrew Behnke, 2014-15 Chair, USCOEEED
& Dr. Teresa Helmlinger Ratcliff, Vice Provost for Outreach & Engagement

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Internationalization Seed Grants RFP. Due January 10, 2015

2015-2016 Seed Grant request for proposals has been finalized. It has been announced through the OIA at  website Please feel free to share it with your colleagues in the college and department. Proposal submission deadline is January 10, 2015 at 5 pm. Proposers can email the proposal to  H&SS aculty can contact Blair Kelley for questions and information. We hope you apply; CHASS has enjoyed success in this program in recent years.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

eIRB is Live: No More Paper forms for IRB submissions

This note is from Deb Paxton, IRB Director. Please note that training materials are available for this system. In the short run, this will take some adjustment time. In the long run, this will make IRB processing more efficient and predictable. 

Dear NCSU colleagues,

On December 1, 2014, the NCSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) implemented a completely on-line submission system (eIRB).  This system is used for new submissions, revisions of approved submissions (amendment), and requests for continuing review (renewal).  PAPER SUBMISSIONS ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTED.

You can access the live system at the following URL:

You will need to sign in with your unity ID and password.  The system grants access to projects based upon unity ID - your unity ID must be associated with a project either as the project PI or as "additional personnel" in order for you to access the project.  

Training materials are available at the following URLs:

Questions can be directed to Deb Paxton at 919-515-4514

Call for Fellows: Data and Society

Colleagues, I think this would be of particular interest to our CRDM faculty, although the call is much broader than this. Please consider applying and sharing with your networks.

Call for Fellows

Data & Society is an NYC-based research institute focused on social, cultural, and ethical issues arising from data-centric technological development.


Data & Society is currently looking to assemble its 2015 class of fellows. The fellowship program brings together an eclectic network of researchers, entrepreneurs, activists, policy creators, journalists, geeks, and public intellectuals who are interested in engaging one another on the key issues introduced by the increasing availability of data in society. We are looking for a diverse group of people who can see both the opportunities and challenges presented by access to data and who have a vision for a project that can inform the public or shape the future of society.

Fellows are the heart and soul of Data & Society and are expected to develop innovative initiatives, interact with people who hold diverse perspectives, and participate in the creation of a growing community. Data & Society is a new organization and many aspects of this program are continuing to evolve. Fellows play a pivotal role in shaping the Institute’s character and formation.

[Full details are at the website,]