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Scholarship Oppotunities

Currently CCAS faculty have the opportunity to apply for two generous fellowship and grant programs. A third program, the Research Initiative Grant, was not funded for this academic year.
  • Summer Faculty Fellowships: The Summer Faculty Fellowship program is available to full-time, tenure-track faculty, and is designed to foster scholarship. Faculty who receive a Summer Faculty Fellowship award are relieved from summer teaching and other obligations in order to conduct research and pursue scholarly goals during the summer months. For 2009, 10 fellowships ($4,800 each) were awarded. Gail also mentioned that faculty who wish to utilize the money for supplies, travel, etc. can receive this award without paying employment taxes through creating an expense account.
  • Small Research Grant Fund: Small funds ($500 or less) are available for research or support of scholarly activity. This fund has been used for items such as: indexing of book publication, travel for research/data collection (not conference presentations or meetings), and software purchases (e.g., statistical package). Over $17,000 in small grants was awarded in 2007-08. There is some reduction in funds available this academic year with percentage cuts in current budgets, however, nobody has been turned away from this program.
  • Research Initiative Grants: Available to full-time faculty in Academic Affairs, the Research Initiative Grants providing funding for projects in new or innovative areas of research; projects which demonstrate promise for future extramural funding; and projects involving multidisciplinary, collaborative research opportunities. Note: This program received one-time funding in 2006-07 and 2007-08 ($50,000 each year). The request was made again this year and no funding is available for 2008-09. There is also a request in the Graduate School "white paper" for development for an endowed Faculty Scholars Fund.

Under the direction of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Creighton University's Graduate School was charged to establish a Research Initiative Grants (RIG) Program. The main purpose of these grants is to fund (1) efforts to initiate substantial new research projects, (2) activities that show promise of substantially increasing the scope of and future funding for current research projects, and (3) development of collaborative teams and networks that directly enhance future research opportunities. Grant requests range from $1000 to $10,000 depending upon scope and purpose of the grant request. The RIG received one-time funds in AY 2006-07 and AY 2007-08 in the amount of $50,000 each year. This report summarizes the outcomes for the AY 2006-07 year of funding. In March, 2007 18 proposals were received and reviewed by the Academic Affairs Research Advisory Committee and seven proposals were funded. The projects were conducted from May 1, 2007 through March 31, 2008. A summary of the scholarly outcomes across the projects is presented below.

Presentations

Number

 

Publications

Number

National

10

 

Published

7

International

2

 

Submitted

4

Regional

4

 

In Preparation

6

 

Grant Proposal

In Preparation

Submitted

Amount Requested

Amount Funded

NIH

1

3

$535,300

Pending

NSF

 

will resubmit: 1

$387,819

 

Private Foundation

 

2

$76,905

Pending

Creighton University

 

2

$40,000

$20,000

 

Student Collaboration

Number

 

Other Collaborations

Number

Graduate

8

 

Interdisciplinary

2

Undergraduate

20

 

A & S / Health Sciences

3

Professional

1

 

National

5

Former Students

4

 

International

1

* Patents Pending: 1

The University also has newly-established University Research Award that will be presented during the Founder's Week Convocation to a faculty member who demonstrates a record of research or creative work that provides a significant contribution to his/her discipline. The award includes an honorarium. This year's University Research Day which spotlights the research and scholarly efforts of the faculty was held on March 31, 2009. Creighton also holds a St. Albert's Day celebration, named in honor of St. Albert Magnus, the patron saint of scientist and mentor of St. Thomas Aquinas. This annual event includes a student poster session in the morning, featuring graduate and undergraduate student research.

St. Albert's Day Awards:

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the "best poster" and "best presentation" awards for this year's St. Albert's Day event:

Best Presentation
Catherine Murari, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences - "Characterization of limb defects in a transgenic mouse line that mis-expresses sonic hedgehog"

Best Poster - Basic Sciences Category
Joseph Kirui, Department of Pharmacology - "G-protein Beta gamma;-subunit signaling is involved in breast cancer migration and invasion"

Best Poster - Arts & Sciences/Humanities Category
Joe Elliott, Department of Education - "History, identity, and the Diocese of Lincoln"

Best Poster - Clinical Sciences Category
Jennifer Reynolds, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions - "Using genetic polymorphisms to predict warfarin dose"

Best Poster (Undergraduate) - Basic Sciences Category
Kelly Wanzeck and Natalie Erbs, Department of Chemistry - "Structure and function of a potential mammalian riboswitch"

Best Poster (Undergraduate) - Arts & Science/Humanities Category
Kathleen McKillip and Nicolas Villanueva, Department of Psychology - "Thinking outside the toy box: Cognitive dissonance, creativity, and gendered play"