Office of the Vice President for Research providing seed money to faculty

Research symposium highlights campus scholarship KENNESAW, Ga. (June 10, 2015) – In an effort…

Georgia (Jun 10, 2015)Research symposium highlights campus scholarship

KENNESAW, Ga. (June 10, 2015) – In an effort to support research initiatives, Kennesaw State University’s Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is offering micro-grants in hopes faculty can turn that initial money into external funding.

“Our office wants to be a partner with the faculty,” said Natasha Stark, assistant director for pre-award services in the OVPR. “We are very much invested in having faculty be successful in their research endeavors. We’re here to help them succeed.”

With a pool of about $100,000, faculty may apply for grants up to $10,000 as seed funding for uses such as data collection, publications and conferences.

As a way to bring recognition to some of the research being done on campus, as well as the micro-grants, the OVPR recently hosted the “1st Annual Campus Research Symposium,” featuring 2013 and 2014 OVPR award recipients.

“One of the things that I noticed when I came to KSU last year was that the faculty is really doing some amazing things with their research, but nobody knows about it,” said Stark. “The symposium was created to bring awareness to the KSU community about the research that is going on here.”

Presentations were given by Michael Van Dyke, associate professor of biochemistry, Jared Taglialatela, associate professor of biology, and Marcus Davis, associate professor of biology.

“Sometimes the research going on here gets overshadowed by some of the larger institutions, but our faculty deserves recognition, too,” Stark said.

A call for proposals will be made this month, with a July deadline for spring 2016 funding.

--By Jennifer Hafer


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