St. Mary’s College of Maryland held the third annual Research Excellence Workshop (REW) on January 17th, 2020 in Daugherty-Palmer-Commons. The REW provides broad research development opportunities (beyond grants), and institutional support for and recognition of faculty research, scholarship and creative activities. The specific goals of the 2020 REW workshop were to: present and discuss internal support for research at SMCM, present relevant funding and research opportunities, formally recognize the efforts of faculty and staff in seeking external funding to support their endeavors, and provide a forum for networking with external guests and colleagues across campus.
The day’s events included:
Panel on Internal Support for Research at SMCM
- Part 1 – Provost Michael Wick, Associate Dean Katie Gantz, former and current department chairs Drs. Adriana Brodsky and Aileen Bailey presented ways to support faculty and undergraduate research from a College and departmental perspective.
- Part 2 – Drs. Bailey and James Mantell presented an innovative workload model that allows for improved scholarly, creative, and research experiences of students while appropriately compensating faculty mentoring.
Session on External Funding and Networking Opportunities
This was one 2-hour session with three informal, sequential presentations (~30 minutes each) followed by ~30 minutes for questions from the audience.
- Fulbright Scholars Program: Dr. Carleen Velez, IIE Fulbright Outreach Specialist, provided an overview of Fulbright programs popular with SMCM faculty, and offered tips for writing successful fellowship applications.
- Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU)- and National Park Service (NPS)-facilitated research for faculty and students: Mr. Danny Filer, CESU Research Coordinator provided an overview of research and funding opportunities afforded to SMCM through our partnership with the Chesapeake Watershed CESU Network. In addition, Dr. Joshua Torres discussed research collaborations with NPS, specifically opportunities for SMCM undergraduate students to conduct archival research with NPS in the National Capital Region.
- MD State Arts Council (MSAC) Funding and SMCM as MSAC Folklife Network Hub: Dr. Chad Buterbaugh, MSAC Director of the MD Traditions program provided an overview of MSAC funding and the MD Traditions Program. He also discussed SMCM’s new role as the southern MD hub for the MD Folklife Network, a new collaboration to which faculty can contribute. To discuss this new initiative with SMCM stakeholders, the executive directors and some board members of the Arts Councils for Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s County were also in attendance.
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) Award Presentations and Networking Lunch
In addition to providing networking opportunities with external speakers and campus colleagues, this annual REW lunch celebrates and recognizes all SMCM faculty and staff who submitted proposals for external funding during the previous year, and we present the annual ORSP awards. As the Most Successful Grant Seeker in FY19, Dr. Troy Townsend, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, received the ORSP River Hawk Award; and Dr. Shanen Sherrer, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, and Dr. Gili Freedman, Assistant Professor of Psychology, were recognized as ‘Go-Getters’. To celebrate all grant seeking efforts, we held a drawing where the number of free raffle tickets per individual faculty or staff member was equal to the number of proposals they submitted for external funding in FY19. Dr. Holly Blumner’s ticket was selected from the random drawing, earning her a note of congratulations and $25 gift card to the campus bookstore.
NEH Funding Opportunities and Grant Writing Tips
- Jeff Hardwick, Deputy Director of the NEH Division of Public Programs led this 2.5-hour afternoon NEH workshop that introduced popular NEH funding opportunities and tips on how to write a successful NEH grant proposal.
Sincere thanks to all the attendees and congratulations again to our sponsored research awardees! The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs plans to hold annual research-focused workshops in support of faculty and staff scholarship. If you have ideas about future topics of interest or networking partners, please contact Sabine Dillingham at x4192, firstname.lastname@example.org.