Seeking proposals for Research and Travel Grants

The University Research Council is now seeking proposals for its 2009 Research and Travel Grant Program, as announced by Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies James E. Quick in an e-mail to faculty members. The program awards about 40 grants per year according to SMU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

Funding will be available in two categories: Research Grants and Travel Grants. Full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members are eligible to apply. Faculty members who are up for contract renewal may receive an award contingent on outcome.

The proposal deadlines:

December 5, 2008: Research and Travel Grants (award decision by January 31, 2009)
April 1, 2009: Travel Grants only – Research Grant proposals will not be accepted (award decision by April 30, 2009)

All proposals must follow the guidelines set out by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Find forms and application instructions at SMU’s Graduate Studies website. For more information, contact the Office of Research and Graduate Studies at 8-4336.

Students show their work at Research Day 2008

Research Day 2008Graduate anthropology student Olivia Navarro Farr discusses her poster on termination rituals at Guatemala’s Waka’ archaeological site with faculty judge Ben Wallace during Research Day 2008 Feb. 19. More than 80 graduate students from Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and the School of Engineering presented posters on research topics ranging from disaster-tolerant computing to underwater propulsion to the effects of partner violence on children. (Photo by Mike Fuentes.)

Meet the new administrators

A number of new faces begin serving in key University positions this fall. SMU Forum provides a reference guide:

Paul LuddenPaul Ludden, former dean of the College of Natural Resources at the University of California-Berkeley and a scholar in environmental biochemistry, has become SMU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. Read more about Ludden.

Lori WhiteLori S. White, who has held student affairs positions at Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, became SMU’s vice president for student affairs July 1. Read more about White, and meet her at a welcome reception 4-5 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Umphrey Lee Center Ballroom.

James E. QuickJames E. Quick, a noted volcano expert with the U.S. Geological Survey and a frequently published geology scholar, has been named Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies. He will join the University during fall 2007. Read more.

David ChardDavid Chard, associate dean of the College of Education at the University of Oregon and a frequently published scholar in reading and learning disabilities, has been named dean of SMU’s School of Education and Human Development, effective this fall. Read more.

Christine CaseyChristine Casey, a University of California administrator known for her skill in improving business processes, has been named Vice President for Business and Finance. Currently Assistant Vice President for Administrative Services for the University of California system, Casey will begin her SMU duties Sept. 1. Read more about Casey, and meet her at a welcome reception 4-5 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Umphrey Lee Center Ballroom.