This month we’re giving thanks for Fresno State’s remarkable faculty mentors and their student researchers, including senior Micah Olivas and junior Alyssa Rivera, who are seeking ways to treat cancer and other diseases.
The biochemistry majors were among 496 undergraduate students nationwide awarded the 2019 Goldwater Scholarship for showing exceptional promise of becoming the next generation of natural sciences, mathematics and engineering research leaders. Only six students from the 23-campus California State University system received the honor. Olivas is working with Dr. Laurent Dejean to research how small particulate matter in Valley air causes cell stress in the lungs, while Rivera is studying how natural products can serve as potential anti-cancer treatments with Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen.
Lastly, mark your calendar for Weds., April 15, 2020! We encourage all students to participate in the 41st Central California Research Symposiumat the Henry Madden Library. All fields of research are considered for presentation to exchange further ideas among investigators and the general public. Look for the Call for Abstracts next month.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is offering researchers at CSU campuses an exclusive opportunity to study the use of tablets by inmates for external communication, videos, music, gaming, and coursework (non-credit earning and credit-earning) in their correctional institutions with a budget up to $600,000 over two fiscal years. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020. Contact our office for more information.
National Endowment for the Humanities - Digital Humanities Advancement Grants. Supports development and implementation of digital initiatives in all areas of the humanities. Replaces Digital Humanities Startup and Implementation Grants. Choose between Level I (up to $50,000), Level II (up to $100,000), and Level III awards (up to $325,000 with optional match up to $50,000). Deadline: Jan 15, 2020.
The NOAA Planet Stewardship Community is an 18-month opportunity to receive one-on-one guidance designing, implementing, and evaluating a hands-on action-based environmental stewardship project that conserves, restores, or protects human communities and natural resources from environmental challenges monitored by NOAA. Educators accepted into the Stewardship Community receive one-on-one guidance in writing for a Federal funding opportunity. Apply by Dec. 1, 2019.
The National Science Foundation seeks applications for the Campus Cyberinfrastructure program, which invests in coordinated campus-level networking and cyberinfrastructure improvements, innovation, integration, and engineering for science applications and distributed research projects. Deadline: Jan. 21, 2020.
The USDA’s Agriculture Innovation Center Program makes grants to Agriculture Innovation Centers that provide technical and business development assistance to agricultural producers seeking to engage in making or producing value-added agricultural products. Deadline: March 20, 2020.
The DMPTool is a free, open-source, online application that helps researchers create data management plans. These plans, or DMPs, are now required by many funding agencies as part of the grant proposal submission process. The DMPTool provides a click-through wizard for creating a DMP that complies with funder requirements. It also has direct links to funder websites, help text for answering questions, and resources for best practices surrounding data management. Click herefor more information.
Our office is dedicated to supporting faculty in their research and scholarship endeavors. We provide a broad array of services and expertise, but for faculty who are new to Fresno State or new to grants and and contracts, it can be difficult to know where to start. Our staff will be happy to come to your department and provide an overview of the services we offer and strategies for moving forward. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to have your grant manager make a brief presentation at your next department meeting.
The California Strategic Growth Council is funding Round 3 of its Climate Change Research Program. Awarded research projects will demonstrate how State investments can advance California’s climate change goals while building innovative, outcome-driven partnerships between the State, the research community, and other research partners. Deadline: Feb. 12, 2020.
Climate Change and Water Webcast: Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. Discover existing climate change-related research work, identify potential collaborators for future projects, and build multi-institution research teams for a global impact during this 1-hour webcast hosted by the CSU Office of the Chancellor and the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWFK). Register online here.
Fresno State has signed a new partnership agreement with Punjab Agricultural University (India) designed to share research and learning from each other’s expertise in common areas of agricultural issues, including water management, irrigation technology, ag mechanization and the improvement of high-value crops. “This union opens the door to unprecedented opportunities to join forces and collaborate on pursuing transformational solutions,” said Dr. Saúl Jimenez-Sandoval, Fresno State’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
NIH submission policies in a nutshell: The agency has consolidated submission-related questions, addressing issues such as system issues, late submissions and severe weather – on a single web page.
Why Undergraduate Research Matters in College: Undergraduate research opportunities extend across disciplines, taking many forms and offering benefits regardless of major, experts say, noting that such work helps students develop a variety of skills that employers value (U.S. News & World Report).
THE LAST WORD
“I strongly believe that the CSU is the best place in the world for undergraduate research. As research faculty in the CSU we should be proud of this and own our CSU credentials, because not only are we teaching classes and doing excellent research, but we are doing it as we are shaping the lives of young students who largely come from backgrounds that are disadvantaged compared to their peers at the 'top' schools."