Saturday, March 28, 2015

Research Development and Grant Writing News: Amazing Resource!

Colleagues, I receive notices about this outstanding resource every month. The newsletter is consistently excellent, and I urge you to share this with your colleagues. Materials indicated below can be accessed using your Unity ID and password. 

The March 2015 issue of Research Development and Grant Writing News has been posted to: 

The Research Development Office maintains an institutional-level subscription allowing us to distribute freely within NC State University.  

Monday, March 16, 2015

NC State University Graduate Student Research Symposium--March 25!

Please distribute as widely as possible.

The Tenth Annual NC State University Graduate Student Research Symposium will be held in the Jane S. McKimmon Center next Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The poster session will be from 1:30 to4:00.  This year, there will be over 200 poster presentations representing research being conducted in 64 graduate programs.

This event is co-sponsored and organized by the NC State University Graduate Student Association (UGSA) and the Graduate School. Additional information may be found at:

The primary goal of the symposium is to showcase the outstanding quality and diversity of graduate research at NC State. This is a great opportunity for all to take a look at the interesting research projects being conducted at the graduate level. 

Undergraduates who are interested applying to graduate school will certainly benefit from talking to our graduate students about their research, and perhaps getting ideas as to how to present their research at conferences in which they may participate in the future.

Questions should be directed to Dr. David Shafer at or at 515-4462.

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate CV Bank and Job Announcements


Earlier this year, at a meeting with the DGPs, I announced a new initiative in my office to improve the way we publicize research assistantship openings in the College. 

The reason for this initiative is straightforward: the College, like all colleges, is being asked to support more graduate students, and our faculty, who have become more successful at winning external grant funding, need to be able to recruit graduate students quickly after learning that their projects are funded. 

In many cases, a department's grad students may be entirely committed for a year, working on other projects. Or, in some cases, interdisciplinary work requires skills that don't exist in a researcher's own department, but that might be found among grad students in another department. Faculty often tell me that finding the talent for their research projects is difficult. I hope that this initiative makes finding such talent more efficient. 

The CV bank (simply, a folder with grad student CVs maintained in Google Drive) and a job posting listserv, are intended to bring together students look for research positions with faculty offering such positions. Any sort of position may be announced, ranging from occasional hourly work (of the sort funded by small internal grants like FRPDs or SRAs), to fully funded GSSP positions funded through external grants. I suspect that most positions will look like the former, as the latter type of positions will be filled by students that you and your colleagues are mentoring in your department, or in established interdisciplinary efforts.  

This is a first step, and a work in progress, and I welcome any ideas that would make this effort work better for your colleagues. Let me know how I can help in any way to improve upon this initiative to make it work for you.



Friday, March 6, 2015

NC Sea Grant Opens Core Funding Cycle

Note that Sea Grant funds interdisciplinary research, so our faculty may find these opportunities very compelling. Let me know if you have any questions.

NC Sea Grant Opens Core Funding Cycle

North Carolina Sea Grant invites preproposals for coastal and marine research projects for the 2016-2018 core funding cycle. Completed preproposals are due April 10, 2015.

Contact: John Fear, jmfear@ncsu.edu919-515-9104

Katie Mosher, kmosher@ncsu.edu919-515-9069

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Using the North Carolina Historical Newspapers Digital Collection

Save the Date: Tuesday, March 24th
What Can You Do with 3 Million Pages of Digitized North Carolina Newspapers?

An Introduction to Research, Teaching, and Engaged Scholarship Using the North Carolina Historical Newspapers Digital Collection

The Digital Innovation Lab, the Howard W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, and the UNC Libraries cordially invite scholars (faculty, administrators, librarians and archivists, and graduate students) from the UNC community to explore potential research, teaching, and engaged scholarship applications of the North Carolina Historical Newspapers Digital Collection: 3.2 (and counting) million pages of pre-1923 newspapers from across the state, digitized and made available to the UNC community through a partnership between the UNC Libraries, the Digital Innovation Lab, and

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
2-5 pm
Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Wilson Library

Followed by a reception in Wilson Lobby

Participants will include:

Monday, March 2, 2015

University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) Call for Proposals 2015

University Global Partnership Network (UGPN)
Research Collaboration Fund - Fourth Call for Proposals (2015)

The University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) is pleased to announce the Fourth Call for Proposals of the UGPN Research Collaboration Fund. This Fund supports high-quality research collaborations between researchers at the UGPN partner institutions. The intention is that these awards go beyond pump-priming to support substantive engagement that leads to high quality outputs, such as joint papers or joint research bids. Proposals should be jointly submitted by faculty from at least two of the UGPN partner institutions.

Deadline for submission: Friday April 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm

For more information and to view the Call for Proposals, see
If you have any questions, please contact David Dixon at 
Office of International Affairs:

About UGPN
The University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) is a collaboration between NC State University, the University of São Paulo, Brazil and the University of Surrey, UK.  The mission of the UGPN is to develop sustainable world-class research, education and knowledge transfer through an active international network of Universities collaborating in research, learning and teaching to benefit global society.  As a network of strategic partners, UGPN promotes multi-lateral collaboration across four key areas: 1) joint research; 2) academic program development; 3) student and faculty exchanges; 4) innovation, entrepreneurship and technology transfer.