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CLAS Deans' Notes News | October 23, 2014
- Call for Proposals: Dissemination Grants
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) provides support to its faculty for engaging in activities that promote their research and creative work and enhance the profile of the College and University. A critical feature of a productive research program is the ability to disseminate findings and engage in scholarly discourse with colleagues around the world to inform future research activities, develop productive research collaborations, and support new grant applications. The CLAS Dissemination Grant program is designed to provide tenure-track, tenured, and clinical teaching track faculty with up to $2000 per academic year for disseminating research via publication (page and other publication charges), travel to support presentations at professional meetings, website design related to communication of research results, or other scholarly dissemination venues.
Applicants must complete the Dissemination Grant Application Form and provide an abstract of the work to be presented, published, or promoted. To remain eligible for funding in future years, grant recipients must provide a brief report on the dissemination activities supported by the grant within six months of their completion. Completed applications must be received via email to Read More »
- Call for Nominations: Outstanding Graduate Student
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is currently soliciting nominations for Outstanding Graduate Students from the College. Departments may submit nominations for only one individual to each of two categories: Masters (MA, MS, MHUM, MSS, MIS) and Ph.D. Packets must include the following items in electronic form. Paper applications will not be reviewed:
1) A nominating letter from the department that clearly spells out why this student stands out above the norm (e.g., publications, grants, service to community or profession)
2) A clear statement by the student detailing their accomplishments and plans for the future.
3) A transcript
4) Additional supporting letters from faculty may be included
5) A current Vitae
6) Where applicable, include FCQs for teaching
Additional supporting letters and other materials may be included. Please be aware that this award is competitive across the College, so it would be useful if you can provide information that helps us to compare students from one field with students in another. One example is to include the quality of journals if the student has publications or the scope of a meeting (regional, national, international) if the student has meeting presentations.
Nominating packets are due electronically to John Wyckoff by 5 p.m. on November 12th, and nominees must have graduated in August or are graduating at the end of the current semester. Please contact Read More »
- Geography Creates STEM Connections with Local Elementary
Associate Professor and Director of the MS Environmental Sciences Program Frederick Chambers and Senior Instructor Amanda Weaver of Geography and Environmental Sciences (GES) are now working on STEM initiatives with Prospect Valley Elementary, in Jefferson County. They initiated conversations with the school in early 2014, after a successful year of programs at 5 Fridges Farm (a CU Denver research-site in Wheatridge) involving installation and monitoring of Chambers’ online weather stations in 2013-2014, and the second year of Weaver’s Sustainable Urban Agricultural Certificate program. The two decided to engage the nearby elementary school, and in Spring of 2014 organized an open-house between GES and Prospect Valley Elementary to discuss possible STEM based-activities to conduct with elementary students. After much guidance and encouragement from the school’s principal, Mike Collins, and other Jefferson County school officials, the first curricular connections between GES and the elementary school began during the fall semester 2014. Prospect Valley third grade teachers, Christine Hoxie and Sherry Becker, organized a third and fourth grade girls STEM club and connected with Weaver to schedule visits from female science faculty. This fall both Christy Briles (Assistant Professor of GES) and Weaver are leading activities on palynology and geographic technologies, respectively. GES ... Read More »