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EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH POLICIES COMMITTEE

Minutes of
March 22nd, 2007

MEMBERS PRESENT: Seran Aktuna, Rakesh Bharati, Roger Boyd, Steffany Chleboun for James Panico, Mike Crider, Chair, Dave Duvernell, Christa Johnson, Nancy Lutz, Anne Perry, William White

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Maruice Mangum, S. William Whitson

I. Announcements

Christa Johnson announced that William Bradford Cross, of Civil Engineering, won the Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar Award. She also announced that the Research Grants for Graduate Students have been decided and that those announcements will soon go out to the departments. Johnson added that the Research and Projects Advisory Board (RPAB) will meet next Tuesday to determine the winners of the Funded University Research (FUR) award. The RPAB Committee has been asked to award $1000 for the Annette and Henry Baich Research Award to the best FUR proposal this year to get the program started.

II. Minutes of February 22nd, 2007

William White pointed out an error in Section III, paragraph I, second sentence. The sentence "One of the questions that arises is whether the students of the professional schools should apply to the Excellence in Undergraduate Education (EUE) or Excellence in Graduate Education (EGE) competitions, since some of the professional students may not have their baccalaureate degrees" should be changed to read, "One of the questions that arises is whether the faculty of the professional schools should apply to the Excellence in Undergraduate Education (EUE) or Excellence in Graduate Education (EGE) competitions, since some of the professional students may not have their baccalaureate degrees."

Nancy Lutz made a motion to accept the minutes; Dave Duvernell seconded. The minutes were approved as amended.

III. Annette and Henry Baich Research Award Guidelines

This award fund contains about $14,000 and is intended for faculty in disciplines covered by Sigma Xi. In reviewing the proposed guidelines for the dissemination of these funds, the committee members agreed that using the phrase "must provide a budget justification" should be changed to "may provide a budget justification." The committee wished to refer the applicant to the guidelines for faculty startup funds on the website for direction regarding allowable expenses for the Baich award. Nancy Lutz suggested that the applicant can indicate that he or she wishes to be considered for the Baich award by checking a box on the application near those which indicate the use of human subjects or animals. Bill White stated that the language of the opening sentences of the proposed guidelines were both implicit in that they stated that everyone who submitted a FUR proposal would be considered, and explicit in that they also stated that only those who wished to apply for the Baich award would be considered. He stressed the need to eliminate this ambiguity. Regarding narrowing the categories of the Sigma Xi eligibility to include some but not all fields in economics and engineering, Mike Crider and Christa Johnson stated their preference that the categories remain as broad as possible. The Research and Projects Advisory Board (RPAB) will rule on the eligibility of each proposal.

After discussion, the final wording of the Annette and Henry Baich Research Award guidelines is:

"An award of $1,000, designated the Annette and Henry Baich Research Award, will be given for the most outstanding Funded University Research (FUR) proposal. Applicants must indicate their desire to be considered for this award during the FUR application process and their research must fall within the scope of activity of the Sigma Xi Society. The fields of activity of the Society are the pure and applied natural sciences. The disciplines generally include the physical sciences, the life and medical sciences, earth and agricultural sciences, engineering, economics, psychology, and mathematics. Applicants for this award may include a budget justification for the expenditure of these funds. Expenditures for the Annette and Henry Baich Research Award may support the awardee's broader research agenda beyond the specific project described in the FUR application, but must fall within the guidelines described at http://www.siue.edu/graduate/internalgrants/startup.shtml."

Anne Perry made a motion to approve the proposed guidelines as amended; Seran Aktuna seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Research and Projects Advisory Board (RPAB) Nominations

The RPAB makes recommendations to the Graduate Dean regarding the Funded University Research (FUR) awards and the Research Grants for Graduate Students (RGGS). For the RPAB, The Graduate Council needs to elect two At-large members. Since the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Business and Pharmacy are already represented next academic year, nominees should be from the Schools of Education, Engineering, Dental Medicine, and Nursing.

V. Research and Development (R & D) Committee Nominations

The R&D Committee makes recommendations to the Graduate Dean regarding the Summer Research Fellowship awards and the Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar Award, the Hoppe Research Professor Award and the Lindsay Research Professor Award. For the R&D Committee, the Graduate Council needs to elect one member each from the Schools of Business, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing. Pharmacy is not currently represented.

ERP Committee members were asked to solicit nominations for both committees prior to the next ERP meeting on April 19th. Professors Crider and Johnson will put a notice out on the Graduate Faculty list serve. The ERP will review the ballot at its next meeting.

VI. Old Business

There was no old business.

VII. New Business

There was no new business.

VIII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9:26AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stephen L. Hansen
Associate Provost for Research and
Dean, Graduate School