Sponsored Projects Administration is proud to present the 2016 Research Week Conference! Research Week 2016 will take place November 14-18. We are excited to offer over thirty workshops, presentations, and special events – all designed especially for the Ball State research community. This conference is free and open to the entire campus. Registration is not required for individual events, but is offered if you would like a record of your attendance. Registration links are located in the session descriptions on this page.

This year there are three easy ways to access the Research Week schedule. You can stay right here, or you can visit Guidebook to view the schedule and other information on the web. You can also download the Guidebook app to have access to the complete schedule on the go!

Schedule as of October 24, 2016.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

11:00 –11:50 AM

Introduction to Grantwriting

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

Jacqueline Davis, Associate Director of Pre-award Operations, SPA

Donna Browne, Grant Writer for Center for Energy  Research/Education/Service (CERES)

Grantwriting is quickly becoming an expected activity in many fields and disciplines. While most know that grant funding exists, many are unsure of the steps to follow to apply for funding – or even where to begin. Proposal specifics vary based on the TYPE of support you are looking for – program, activity, research, creative project – as well as WHO you are seeking that support from – foundations, federal, industry. This session will outline the general steps involved with applying for grant funding, identify many of the terms used and expectations involved with proposal review, evaluation, and resubmission after denial. This session is targeted to Faculty and Graduate Students, although anyone wishing to learn more about grantwriting is welcome.

Please RSVP

 

12:00 – 12:50 PM

Sponsored Project Contracts at Ball State

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

Ted Kolodka, Contract Compliance Analyst, SPA

This session will review the process after a proposal is funded and becomes a sponsored project. Specifically, we will review of the difference between a grant vs. contract, and subaward vs. vendor agreement, important provisions including the scope of work, payments, flow-through obligations and terms/ conditions. Additionally, we will review the roles and responsibilities of BSU (PI, General Counsel, Sponsored Projects Compliance, ORI) and the other party in generating and negotiating legal documents. We will also discuss general timelines for completion of contracts. Finally, we will discuss the important of ensuring agreements are properly negotiated by citing examples of when projects and agreements go bad.

Please RSVP

 

1:00 – 1:50 PM

Professionalizing your Approach to Grantseeking

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

Stan Geidel, Campus Liaison, SPA

Stan Geidel, SPA Campus Liaison, will discuss how to professionalize your approach to seeking external funding. Perhaps you have previously written and submitted a grant or have met with some preliminary success and received external funding for a smaller project. What’s next? This one-hour session invites you to embrace a fully professional approach to the quest for external funding.

Please RSVP

 

2:00 – 2:50 PM

Panel Discussion – Student Engagement in Faculty Projects 

Bracken Library, Room 104

Kelli Huth, Director of Immersive Learning

Sue McDowell, Professor of Biology

Suzanne Plesha, Director of Faculty Support and Assessment for Entrepreneurial Learning

Join us for a discussion of the various ways in which faculty members are providing innovative and entrepreneurial educational opportunities by engaging their students in their research projects, scholarship, and creative work.  

Please RSVP

 

4:00 – 5:30 PM

All the World’s a Laboratory: Collaborating with Undergraduates on Research and Creative Work

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

Jennifer Blackmer, Professor of Theatre, Associate Provost for Entrepreneurial Learning, Director, Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry, Ball State University

Students today are suffering from an advanced case of “hardening of the categories.” As the world evolves, forging interconnectedness, web-based learning and the idea economy, our educational systems clamp further down, forcing knowledge into standardized tests, FTE hours, state rankings and government funding. As institutions across the country accumulate mountains of data on student successes, our undergraduates find themselves learning how to learn in the most rigid of environments. Their experience of the world, however, is anything but rigid. Can the undergraduate experience, in four short years, accurately respond to the world these students are about to enter? Should it? Is there a way to merge fundamental, systematic learning with practical, meaning-making experiences?

In this talk, award-winning playwright, screenwriter and Professor of Theatre Jennifer Blackmer discusses her work in collaborative playwriting with undergraduates, resulting in such science and history-based plays as The Human Faustus Project, Daughters of Trinity, and If You Don’t Outdie Me, and explores the deep connections between the scientific method, research in the humanities, and the process of making of art.

Please RSVP

 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 

10:00 – 10:50 AM

Building a Culture of Scholarship within a New Academic Enterprise – The Ball State College of Health

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

Tony Mahon, Associate Dean  of the College of Health

Mitch Whaley, Dean of the College of Health

The recently launched College of Health brings together academic programs, faculty, and students from three different colleges, each with their unique scholarship profile and culture.  This session will be focused on describing the process through which the College is working to establish a new, blended scholarship profile with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaborations.

Please RSVP

 

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Cayuse Training

Schwartz Learning Pod, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

Augusta Wray, Proposal Manager, SPA

CayuseSP (new for 2016-17) provides a platform for the creation, tracking, and management of grant proposals and awards.  In these 1-hour sessions, administrators, faculty, and approvers will learn to navigate SP dashboards; understand proposal, award, and project records; pull reports of real-time data; and review and certify proposals.

Please RSVP

 

12:30 - 1:45 PM

Fulbright Experience

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

Dom Caristi, Professor of Telecommunications and Fulbright Ambassador

Justin Miller, Director of Sponsored Projects Administration

Dr. Dominic Caristi, Professor of Telecommunications, presents Fulbright Scholar Program offerings for teaching & research awards in over 125 countries. The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Please RSVP

2:00 - 2:50 PM

Panel Discussion - Student Engagement in Local Community

Bracken Library, Room 104, 1st Floor

Delaina Boyd, Director of Office of Community Engagement

Aimee Fant, Coordinator/CEO for Muncie Action Plan and the Executive Director of Cancer Services of ECI-Little Red Door

Mitch Isaacs, Executive Director, Shafer Leadership Academy

Wilisha Scaife, Program Coordinator, Muncie P3

Micah Maxwell, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Muncie

Delaina Boyd of Ball State’s Office of Community Engagement leads a panel discussion featuring Muncie community advocates who have benefitted from faculty and student involvement in addressing local civic needs. Come and learn more about Ball State’s impact in the community and how you and your students can help make a difference.

Please RSVP

3:30 – 4:45 PM

Supplemental Compensation

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

Jacqueline Davis, Associate Director of Pre-award Operations, SPA

This session will explain the University Policy on Supplemental Compensation for Faculty and Professional Personnel. This will include the federal regulations behind the policy and its two main components – the financial limits and allowable activities. We will breakdown the calculations behind the maximum amounts, discuss contract periods and apply the prudent person test to assess activities. This session is appropriate for Faculty, Professional Personnel, Department Chairs, Office Directors, and Administrative Staff who may enter payment EPAFs or Addendums. **We will NOT discuss FLSA or new overtime regulations in this session.**

Please RSVP

 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

10:00 – 10:50 AM

Creating Effective Evaluations

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

Josh Raines, Assistant Director of the Social Science Research Center

This session will focus on program evaluation, elements of a robust evaluation plan, and how evaluation can be used as the connective tissue of effective programs and proposals. From this session, participants will learn: why the focus on evaluation is becoming more important in funding decisions, how to develop the elements of a strong evaluation component within programs/proposals, and the importance of using the analytic plan to determine a program's efficiency, effectiveness, satisfaction, and accountability. An introduction to logic models, their function, and resources on developing a strong logic model will also be covered.

Please RSVP

 

11:00 – 11:50 AM

SUBMIT Incentive Program

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

Keith Chandler, Proposal Manager, SPA

Linda J. Swartz, Secretary, SPA

SPA receives regular inquiries into its incentive programs, especially the SUBMIT program and Research Incentive Accounts (RIAs). This session aims to answer some of those questions related to the SUBMIT program. Learn more about how this program works, the purpose of the RIAs, and how to utilize these incentive funds to enhance your research or creative agenda. Appropriate for both faculty and administrative support personnel.

Please RSVP

 

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Finding the Right Sponsor

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

Jacqueline Davis, Associate Director of Pre-award Operations, SPA

The best written proposal for the most impactful project still won’t be funded if submitted to the wrong funder. Matching the sponsor to the project is the first step in securing funding. There are several items to consider when deciding if you should submit a proposal to a sponsor. Beyond the eligibility criteria that is given by the sponsor – how does one determine if the funding opportunity is the right “fit” for your project or rather if your project is the right “fit” for the sponsor? This interactive session will give you the tools necessary to evaluate a funding program BEFORE you put pen to paper … or fingers to keyboard. This session is open to all grantseekers (including students!), regardless of grantwriting experience.

 

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

GIS Day Research Presentations

Schwartz Learning Pod, Bracken Library, 1st floor

James Connolly, Director, Center for Middletown Studies and George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of History

To mark national GIS Day, we will hold a series of brief research presentations by BSU faculty from several departments who employ mapping technologies in their scholarship.  The session will include time for Q&A.

 

 

1:00 – 1:50 PM

 

Utilizing Grant Reviewers' Comments for Future Success

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

Justin Miller, Director of Sponsored Projects Administration

You just received notice that your grant proposal was not funded. Now what do you do? Learn how to use the reviewers’ comments to your advantage when revising your proposal. In addition, learn how to become a grant reviewer yourself. 

Please RSVP

 

2:00 – 2:50 PM

Panel Discussion – University Deans

Bracken Library, Room 104

Jeff Grigsby, Interim Dean of the College of Sciences and Humanities

John Jacobson, Dean of Teachers College

Mitch Whaley, Dean of the College of Health

Deans from the College of Sciences and Humanities, the College of Health, and Teachers College discuss their perspectives on Ball State’s external funding agenda.

Please RSVP

 

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

GIS Day Poster Session

Schwartz Center Lobby, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

James Connolly, Director, Center for Middletown Studies and George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of History

Undergraduates and graduate students will present their research in poster form and be available to discuss their work. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for the top project.

 

 

3:00 - 4:00 PM

 

Introduction to Ball State's Digital Scholarship Lab

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

James Connolly, Director, Center for Middletown Studies and George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of History

The session offers faculty and staff a first glimpse of the University's new Digital Scholarship Lab. The DSL is a joint undertaking between University Libraries/IT and Academic Affairs that will facilitate the production, dissemination, and long-term maintenance of digital scholarship at Ball State. By digital scholarship we refer to research and creative work that involves the use of digital evidence and tools to advance knowledge. The presentation will include examples of digital projects undertaken at Ball State as well as of other types of work the DSL will support.

Please RSVP

 

4:00 – 6:00 PM

Teach-a-thon

College of Architecture and Planning, Room 100

Robin Blom
, Assistant Professor of Journalism
Bryan Byers, Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Josh Gruver, Assistant Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
Pamela Harwood, Professor of Architecture
C. Drew Vidal, Assistant Professor of Theatre
Elizabeth Wanless, Assistant Professor of Sport Administration
Eva Zygmunt, Professor of Elementary Education

Every day, in classrooms all across campus, faculty are finding ways to bring their research to the classroom to enrich the learning experience for Ball State University students. In this fast-paced event Ball State faculty members will have seven minutes to explain how their research has impacted their classroom practices and how they are involving their classes in their research objectives. Stick around after the event to speak to participating faculty about their presentations.

Please RSVP

 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

10:00 – 10:50 AM

The Research Design Studio: Resources and Support for Researchers

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor                                        

Jerrell Cassady, Professor of Psychology – Educational Psychology

This presentation will overview operations and resources available to support researchers at Ball State and in the community. The Research Design Studio has been supporting research and evaluation broadly in the Ball State community (and abroad). The RDS offers faculty and student researchers guidance in extending their research expertise to attain a higher degree of research productivity or expand their skills to include new strategies for data collection or analyses. We bring together successful researchers and statisticians to empower researches - all through a cooperative engagement model that does not involve faculty load or staff salary. In addition, we offer full-service evaluation services to external funding opportunities (e.g., federal grants, foundation contracts) - providing that often-needed “evaluation plan” for innovative interventions. Learn about the skills and expertise that we bring together, find out how we can support you - or how you can join the team and support others as well.

Please RSVP

 

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Finding Support for Your Engaged Scholarship through Indiana Campus Compact

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor 

Laura Weaver, Director of Programs and Member Development at Indiana Campus Compact

Engagement in and with communities is at the core of most university missions, including language around public service, the creation of knowledge in order to solve problems both locally and globally, as well as preparing students as democratic citizens (Ward, 1996). Indiana Campus Compact is a partnership of Indiana’s public, private and community college higher education institutions focused on advocating for, supporting of, and implementing service-learning and community engagement, so that students graduate as well-informed, engaged members of society, who are fully enabled to provided leadership and service that advances the public good in their communities. This session will give a brief overview of the engagement movement in higher education and focus on how Indiana Campus Compact can support the institutions across Indiana through professional development for staff, faculty and students. Available funding opportunities will be highlighted and the presenter will be available to answer questions on the types of projects typically funded.

Please RSVP

 

12:30 - 1:45 PM

Post Award and Compliance

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

Matthew Moore, Associate Director of Post-award Operations, SPA

Sheila Shafer. Associate Director of Compliance Operations, SPA

Once a grant proposal has been funded by the sponsor, it is important to understand what happens next. This session will discuss the management of funded grants, starting with award acceptance and moving through to grant closure, and will include the following topics: administration of the award, authorized signatories, the role of the Grant Manager, and more. If you are curious about the next step in the awards management process, this session is for you.

Please RSVP

2:00 – 2:50 PM

Panel Discussion - Faculty Success Stories

Bracken Library, 1st Floor, Room 104

Rui Chen, Associate Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management

Jessi Ghezzi, Assistant Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

He Wang, Associate Professor of Exercise Science

Join our panel of Ball State faculty as they discuss how they achieved funding success to support their projects.

Please RSVP

 

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Chemistry Seminar Series 

Cooper Life Science 278

Ryan Jeske 

"Active Learning in the Organic Chemistry Classroom" 

 

3:30 – 4:45 PM 

Budget Basics

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

Jacqueline Davis, Associate Director of Pre-award Operations, SPA

Augusta Wray, Proposal Manager, SPA 

Developing a project budget and appropriate funding request is key to a successful grant proposal. You have found a sponsor whose funding priorities are in line with your project. You have the perfect project and a sound approach. You have measurable goals, a strong evaluation plan and the best collaborators. What’s left? THE BUDGET. How much will your project cost? How much do you ask for? What can or should you ask for? Welcome to Budget Basics! This session will provide an approach to budget development that can be applied to any type of project or proposal. This session is open to all grantseekers (including students!), regardless of grantwriting experience.

Please RSVP

 

5:00- 6:00 PM

Identifying Sources for Funding and Research—Faculty Edition

Bracken Library, Room 225

Brenda Yates Habich, Information Services Librarian

Jessie Roark, Outreach and Education Coordinator, SPA

University Libraries and the Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) are combining forces to help you find funding sources for your research and creative work. Jessie Roark, Outreach and Education Coordinator, will give a tutorial on COS Pivot, the largest funding opportunity and researcher expertise database, as well as other resources SPA has to offer. Brenda Yates Habich, Information Services Librarian, will share strategies for using Web of Science, a powerful database helpful in crafting necessary research in preparing literature reviews for grant proposals.  

Please RSVP

Friday, November 18, 2016

10:00 – 10:50 AM

 

Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at Ball State

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

Stephanie Roof, Proposal Manager, SPA

Navigating the intellectual property process can be confusing for faculty and administrators alike. During this session, attendees will learn more about the intellectual property and technology transfer process and related policies at Ball State. Learning outcomes include a better understanding of the IP process for faculty, the BSU IP policy, and an introduction to the Ball State Innovation Corporation (BSIC).

Please RSVP

 

11:00 – 11:50 AM

Research and the BSU Export Control Compliance Program

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

Kalli McBride, Research Integrity and Export Control Officer

The release of technology to foreign nationals is a highly regulated by the US government. BSU strongly encourages international collaborations, working with international scholars both on campus and abroad, and utilizing foreign national students during research projects. Exports involve moving information or items to another country whereas deemed exports involve releasing technical information and equipment to foreign nationals on campus or within the US. The BSU Export Control Compliance Program is a resource for faculty to ensure compliance with all relevant laws. We assist with shipping equipment internationally, understanding import laws in an international environment, identifying controlled technology (such as drones, lasers, pathogens, GPS equipment), and helping develop compliance programs that fit the needs and culture of your department.

This talk will address the following questions:
How do I determine what technology is controlled?
How do I know if my students and colleagues are US Citizens?
What type of customs documents are needed to ship equipment oversees for a research project?
How do I know if the Fundamental Research Exemption applies to my research project?

Please RSVP

 

12:00 - 2:00 PM

Aspire Junior Faculty Drop-In Session 

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

This session is designed to be an informal opportunity for faculty developing their Aspire Junior Faculty (Creative and Research) applications to seek assistance with their proposal preparation questions. The Aspire Program Manager and an SPA Proposal Manager will be available to help answer your specific questions about guidelines, project descriptions or budgeting. There is no need for appointments just come prepared with questions that can addressed in 10-15 minute discussions. 

Please RSVP

 

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Funding for Under-Represented Minority Students

Edward Smith, Professor of the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech

Burkhardt Building 101

Edward Smith is a Professor of the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences at Virginia Tech. He received his PhD at Oregon State University. He has published over 86 papers in refereed journals and given over 42 scientific presentations. He is also the co-Program Director of the Post-baccelaureate Research and Education Program (VT-Prep) and the Program Director for the VT Initiative to Maximize Student Development (VT-IMSD). Both of these programs are NIH-funded initiatives to train underrepresented minority students in the biomedical, health, and behavioral sciences and support them in receiving a higher education in these areas. Ed will be speaking to our university VT's efforts to diversify the sciences, with a focus on challenges and best practices. We particularly urge students as well as faculty to attend to learn more about federal and university initiatives for funding URM graduate students to receive a higher education in STEM areas.

Please RSVP

1:00 – 1:50 PM

Tools for Addressing Personal Barriers to Scholarship Research

Bracken Library, 1st Floor, Room 104

Wil Davis, President, Ball State Innovation Corporation

Sue McDowell, Professor of Biology

Sundeep Rayat, Associate Professor of Chemistry

VJ Rubenstein, Assistant Professor of Biology

This interactive session will discuss the personal and human side of being a researcher. The session will include shared experience from faculty members who have encountered personal and professional barriers with their research as they have sought progress toward tenure and promotion. Target audience includes faculty at all stages of research experience in the tenure track, including their deans, directors, chairs, faculty, and mentors. Designed as a session in which we can learn from each other, the take-home deliverables will include best practices for personal management as we lead various research efforts, hopefully restoring and adding JOY to the work of discovery.

Please RSVP

 

2:00 - 2:50 PM

Panel Discussion - Student/Faculty Collaborations in Sustainability Projects

Bracken Library, Room 104

Josh Gruver, Assistant Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Bob Koester, Director, Center for Energy Research, Education and Service; Department of Architecture

Annette Rose, Associate Professor of Technology

Faculty will discuss their approach to student/faculty collaborations in projects that impact sustainability issues here on campus and in the community.

Please RSVP

 

 

3:00 – 3:50 PM

Closing Reception

Schwartz Complex Lobby, Bracken Library, 1st Floor

Join us after the final panel discussion of the week for cake and punch. Just our way to say “Thank You” for helping us make Research Week 2016 such a success.

Please RSVP

 

4:00 – 6:00 PM

Benefacta

This annual, invitation only gala, celebrates the researchers and creative artists who have received internal and external funding for their work in the previous academic year. BeneFacta also serves as the launch party for SPA's Ball State Research Magazine (the newest edition will be available after BeneFacta). The Sponsored Projects Administration is thrilled to once again host this celebration and honor our outstanding faculty on their accomplishments.

GIS Day Research Presentations (Schwartz Center learning Pod), 1pm-2:30pm
 
To mark national GIS Day, we will hold a series of brief research presentations by BSU faculty from several departments who employ mapping technologies in their scholarship.  The session will include time for Q&A.
 
 
GIS Day Poster Session (Schwartz Center Lobby): 2:30-3 pm
 
Undergraduates and graduate students will present their research in poster form and be available to discuss their work from 2:30 to 3:00 in the   Schwartz Center Lobby.  Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for the top project.
GIS Day Research Presentations (Schwartz Center learning Pod), 1pm-2:30pm
 
To mark national GIS Day, we will hold a series of brief research presentations by BSU faculty from several departments who employ mapping technologies in their scholarship.  The session will include time for Q&A.
 
 
GIS Day Poster Session (Schwartz Center Lobby): 2:30-3 pm
 
Undergraduates and graduate students will present their research in poster form and be available to discuss their work from 2:30 to 3:00 in the   Schwartz Center Lobby.  Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for the top project.
GIS Day Research Presentations (Schwartz Center learning Pod), 1pm-2:30pm
 
To mark national GIS Day, we will hold a series of brief research presentations by BSU faculty from several departments who employ mapping technologies in their scholarship.  The session will include time for Q&A.
 
 
GIS Day Poster Session (Schwartz Center Lobby): 2:30-3 pm
 
Undergraduates and graduate students will present their research in poster form and be available to discuss their work from 2:30 to 3:00 in the   Schwartz Center Lobby.  Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for the top project.
GIS Day Research Presentations (Schwartz Center learning Pod), 1pm-2:30pm
 
To mark national GIS Day, we will hold a series of brief research presentations by BSU faculty from several departments who employ mapping technologies in their scholarship.  The session will include time for Q&A.
 
 
GIS Day Poster Session (Schwartz Center Lobby): 2:30-3 pm
 
Undergraduates and graduate students will present their research in poster form and be available to discuss their work from 2:30 to 3:00 in the   Schwartz Center Lobby.  Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for the top project.

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor