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EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH POLICIES COMMITTEE

Minutes of

September 23rd, 2008

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin, Chair, Rakesh Bharati, Wai Hsien Cheah, Laura Hanson, Christa Johnson, Craig Miner, Mariana Solares, G. Stacey Staples, Erin Timpe

GUESTS : Lydia Jackson and Regina McBride

I. Announcements

Christa Johnson announced that on February 2nd and 3rd the Bi-Annual Regional Grants Conference will be held on SIUE Campus and have a focus on collaboration and networking. She also announced that the SRF deadline is Friday, September 26, 2008.

II. Minutes of April 15th, 2008

Erin Timpe made a motion to approve the minutes; Stacey Staples seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Responsible Conduct in Research Training Update

ERP continued to discuss a proposal from the Graduate School, that the graduate faculty should explore the possibility of creating a "university-wide research seminar" to address the need for awareness of research issues among graduate students. Regina McBride and Lydia Jackson were present to discuss their draft on RCR. Regina wanted to ensure that the way the Library was proceeding was lining up with the university's needs. Christa assured her that there are no changes from the initial request.

Wai Hsien Cheah asked whether or not the Library had spoken with departments regarding their research procedure. Regina McBride stated that the Library is eager for feedback on the process and that the Library needs some direction on the content for the module. Christa Johnson suggested adding a module for bio-safety & hazardous material.

Marcus Agustin asked how the Library would proceed with assessment. Christa Johnson mentioned the CITI as a minimal standard. She also stated that ERP needs to think about credit hours allowed for course.

Regina McBride wanted to know when this module should began. The Library will require three months to implement it and they will need graduate assistants in place. Marcus Agustin stated the goal is to have in place spring 2010.

ERP agreed to continue to discuss the proposal by Library and needs pertaining to RCR. ERP members also agreed to talk with their departments for their input.

IV. Clearer Definition of "Seed" Grants for the New STEP Program

Marcus Agustin stated that departments wanted to know what seed means: starting a new program. The deadline for STEP program is February 6th, 2009. The committee agreed to define seed at the federal level and that of other institution's definitions and apply what works for others to SIUE.

Rakesh Bharati asked if ERP needs to respond to this if we have already defined seed grant? Christa Johnson will gather the definitions of seed and bring back to the committee. Marcus Agustin suggested that Christa sends emails regarding seed definition and discuss via email.

V. Travel Awards and funding for Co-presenters

Christa stated that right now only those who are presenting will be funded but the question that other faculty wish answered is do we fund co-presenters? The committee will discuss this in the future.

VI. Matching Funds for External Grants

The committee agreed to wait for Jianpeng Zhou's presentation.

VII. New investigator Award requirement for unit-level cost sharing

The ERP needs to discuss the cost sharing issue for the Vaughnie Lindsey award.

VIII. Old Business

There was no old business.

IX. New Business

There was no new business.

X. Adjournment

Stacey Staples made a motion to adjourn; Rakesh Bharati seconded. The meeting adjourned at 1:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

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